Mourners numbers restricted
West Dunbartonshire Council issued the following statement today: In line with government guidance on social distancing, we have introduced a 5 person limit for all cremation services and burials held at our facilities which will come into effect from today (Monday 23rd March).
This decision to restrict attendance is among a range of measures being implemented to limit the spread of the Covid-19 including asking guests to refrain from handshaking, and the removal of song books and the book of remembrance.
We understand this is a difficult time for families and apologise for any inconvenience or upset this may cause. We will continue to work closely with them to fully support them and make arrangements in a sensitive way.
NOTE: The Council have apparently not taken into account the fact that it is traditional for six people to carry a coffin and for eight people to take cords to lower it into the grave.
The prospect of scenes like these become ever greater as coronavirus spreads.
Isolate yourself to keep death at a distance
Say it, don’t spray it. You can’t “clique” someone or hold hands and still be two metres (six feet) apart, and you certainly can’t hug them or give them a kiss on the cheek.
You can if you wish of course do any of these things.
It’s still a free country. We are not yet under lockdown. Not yet.
However, the punishment for failing to go into social isolation may be DEATH.
This may sound stark, but it is TRUE.
Don’t blow your nose at the dinner table or when you are in close company with others.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Bin it immediately. Don’t just stuff it in your pocket or in your bag. The danger will still be there.
Let’s hope you have got this message, because it’s for real.
If you have an underlying health problem or you are over 70 or you have a cough which you think is just a cold, then stay in the house.
Don’t go out and infect others. They won’t thank you for it. You may never see them again.
Think too of the health professionals, the doctors and nurses and ambulance paramedics.
Think of the great risks and sacrifices they are making on your behalf.
Think of the key workers, the hospital cleaners and reception staff. Think of the staff in the shops and supermarkets.
These are the heroes of our time.
And don’t clear the shelves of the shops with items you don’t need, or ask anyone else to do that for you.
Stay in the house. Read a book or binge with your I pad.
Not seeing your friends and relatives could be the best thing you ever did for them.
Your grandchildren will forgive you – if you give them the opportunity to forgive you by seeing this out.
Cut down the chances of being infected by the killer coronavirus. Cut down on the chances of painful premature death.
Stay alive, stay safe. Or face the consequences. The chances of joining those already interred in the local cemeteries are greater than you think.
Much, much greater.