Updates COVID-19

Our thoughts are with all of our members, their staff, as well as with their families during this challenging situation.

We are dedicated to keeping you informed as and when new information comes in. Should you have anything specific that might be unanswered, please submit your question here and we will do our utmost to respond as best and as quickly as possible. We hope that you, your staff and your families are well and staying safe.

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01.04.2020

Update from Germany:

The German Association of Funeral Directors have submitted a request to the National Society of Hospitals asking to standardise a process for all German hospitals on procedures to be taken following the death of a corona patient. The submission is based on information received from hospital management in a large German city and provides guidedlines for e.g. on necessary informaton to be included in death certificates, refraining from an autopsy or embalming, disinfecting measures, to the point of handing over to the funeral professional.

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31.03.2020

Update from France:

The High Council of Public Health has issued a new advisory on the contagion of the deceased:

  • Preparatory measures for funeral without using water is allowed.
  • Embalming is still forbidden.
  • Presentation of the deceased is now allowed in the body bag by opening it 10 cm. Restriction of not allowing family members to see their deceased was waived.
  • All handling of the deceased must be done with PPE.

All three French professional funeral federations (private and public) have written to the Prime Minister to denounce the lack of equipment to accomplish our mission and have also requested to be listed as priority professions to access the masks. However, we have not yet had any.

Furthermore, the government has simplified the funeral regulations for one month knowing that each file will have to be regulated. Religious authorities, such as Muslim and Jewish recommend not to touch the body of a deceased.

Update from the UK: (from the Cremation Society)

The bereavement sector in the UK  is represented by a number of organisations, covering both funeral directors and those who manage, provide and work in cemeteries and crematoria. There has always been a great deal of mutual support and cooperation between all the kindred organisations.

In view, however, of the current extraordinary circumstances in which our communities and individuals now find themselves, the organisations have agreed to work together in order to be able to better support not only their members but society as a whole.

As the Deceased Management Advisory Group (DMAG), representatives from each of the following organisations will work together to develop a consensus approach to the many challenging issues which now face the sector.

  • The Association of Private Crematoria and Cemeteries (APCC)
  • Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities (FBCA)
  • Funeral Furnishing Manufacturers' Association (FFMA)
  • Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM)
  • National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD)
  • National Society of Allied & Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF)
  • The Cremation Society

During the current national emergency, we will all seek to deliver ongoing support to bereaved people in the United Kingdom.

We have launched a website and a Twitter page:  www.dmag2020.org and Twitter: @DMAG2020

We update these sites on a daily basis.

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30.03.2020

Update from UK

On 26 March 2020 the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, signed the Coronavirus Act 2020 (Commencement No. 1) Regulations 2020. Please click here for the Statement.

Thank you to Jeremy Field of CPJ Field & Co. for his valuable comment on how this impacts the funeral profession: "The intended benefit of these changes is to ease the administrative burden in death and ensure that any obstacles to the efficient processing of funeral arrangements are removed.

It should mean that funerals can happen quicker.  That doctors, families and funeral directors have less contact with third parties by not visiting too many locations in person (doctor doesn’t have to go to the funeral home, funeral director doesn’t have to take papers to the crematorium, grieving family don’t have to visit Registrar to register death etc.)

It also means that the local government can step in and manage funeral directors, crematoria and cemeteries if they need to.  We hope they don’t need to."

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