Why do we need pallbearers when the coffin could be wheeled?

We always supply a minimum of four bearers for each funeral. Most families would prefer for a coffin not to be moved on wheels at a funeral, and even where this is necessary (usually due to local regulations or access issues), we still have to provide staff to lift the coffin on and off the wheels, and to control them during transit. Should you choose to supply your own bearers, we will always provide our own to accompany them, as often the physical and emotional exertion can be too much for some family members. Our bearers are also required to drive our vehicles.

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  1. Please note, that during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not allowing family or friends to carry the coffin. This is to prevent additional risk to our staff and mourners in coming into close contact with people from outside their own “bubble”.

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