COVID Information

While much of life is getting back to normal, including funerals, there is still some guidance for those arranging a funeral service with us.

Currently our offices are open for appointments only. Appointments can be made for making funeral arrangements, visiting the chapels of rest, etc. but calling our offices.

Although it is not a legal requirement, we are asking those visiting our premises or being carried in our vehicles to wear face coverings at all times to help keep themselves and our staff safe.

At the crematoria locally, again while there is no legal requirement to wear a face covering, mourners are encouraged to do so, taking into consideration the enclosed space, close proximity to other mourners, and the fact that there may be vulnerable people present.

Some services involving the deceased are limited by their COVID-19 status at time of death. We will discuss this with you when making the funeral arrangements. It may be helpful to have the details of their vaccination dates to hand when speaking to us.

If you have any questions regarding the practicalities of arranging funerals at this time, please feel free to call or email us and we will be pleased to help.

St John’s Boxmoor: Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols

Although Christmas may be slightly different this year to normal, it is certainly not cancelled. There are still Christmas events happening over the festive season in line with government guidelines to ensure the safety of everyone in our community.

On Sunday 20th December at 6:30pm, St John's Church in Boxmoor will be holding a Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols.

They have kindly invited keyworkers from around the Dacorum community to read the lessons, and we are very proud that John Worley will be reading the third lesson.

The service is open to all, but to ensure numbers are kept at a safe level, tickets must be booked in advance. These are free and are available from:

TicketSource

Details of other services being held over Christmas at St Johns can be found at their  web site:

Christmas - The Parish of Boxmoor (stjohnsboxmoor.org.uk)

 

Christmas Support – Dr Bill Webster

This past year has brought an unexpected twist in all of our lives and, as a result, some joy at Christmas feels like something we all need.

However, when someone you care about dies, your whole world changes.

Your world can look and feel completely different and so, with it, will this Christmas.

For everyone else, it is the season to be jolly; it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

But Christmas might not be the same for you.

In this short article, Grief Journey’s Dr. Bill Webster shares three gifts to help those who have suffered a bereavement, deal with grief over Christmas.

Click the link below to read more.
https://gldn.ch/3fGjWnV

Funerals at Boxmoor Lodge Hotel

As of 3rd December 2020 Boxmoor Lodge Hotel are planning to carry on holding the humanist funeral ceremonies as well as holding the afternoon tea style wake after the service.

For the wake you will have exclusive use of the restaurant for 2 hours where the bar will be open and the afternoon tea will be served directly to your tables.

They will be offering a fixed price of £600 for a maximum of 30 people (as per government guidelines). Extras such as wine, prosecco etc are available at an extra cost.

They are also able to offer a room rate for any of your guests needing an overnight stay. Please contact them directly for the best rate available to beat any online agent. This price will be inclusive of breakfast and V.A.T.

For any further information please contact Boxmoor Lodge on 01442 230770 or email on info@boxmoorlodge.com. Their new website is www.boxmoorlodge.com

Flowers or Donations

When somebody passes away, many people look for a way to express their love for that person and the grief that they feel at their passing.

It has long been the tradition for people to send floral tributes in memory of the deceased. That practice continues today and we are happy to receive tributes at our offices on the day of the funeral so that they can accompany the deceased to the service and place of committal. Please instruct your chosen florist to contact us for the correct day and time to deliver.

We are able to advise on local florists who can provide tributes. You can also order flowers via Interflora if you do not live locally and they will instruct a local florist on your behalf. There is more information specifically about floral tributes on our information pages. Read more about floral tributes here...

Donations

As an alternative to flowers, or even in addition to them, more and more people are now electing to have money given to a specific charity in memory of the deceased. In this way a charity that has meant something to the deceased or their family may receive donations that they would otherwise not.

We offer a service to all our clients whereby we will collect donations on their behalf following the funeral. Read more about our In Memoriam donations service here...

How long from making the arrangements will be be for the funeral to take place?

This will depend on the funeral arrangements. A simple burial may only take a few days to arrange, a service in church followed by a cremation may take longer. Cremations generally take longer to happen due to the complexity of the paperwork involved. If the Coroner is involved, this can also add time. We will advise you approximately how long you can expect to wait for the service when you contact us.

If you have any important dates, such as travel plans, birthdays, etc. please let us know as soon as you can so that we can accommodate your requirements.

Does the funeral have to be taken by a priest/vicar?

No, it doesn’t. You can choose whether to have a religious or non-religious funeral. Either way, you do not actually need to have an celebrant involved in the funeral, although it is strongly advised. A family member or friend may wish to lead the service, and while this can be very successful, they will need to be aware of local rules and timings, etc, at whatever venue the funeral is taking place at.