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Funerals in the time of Covid-19 – as featured in the Irish Independent

“No crowds lined the paths, family members did not attend – the sad reality of not saying goodbye in the era of corona virus”

(Sunday Independent) Robert and Peter Maguire of Massey Bros walked together in solitude as we bade farewell to the “Colossus of the Liberties” the late John Gallagher.

It was our honour to accompany him as so many would have wished to. We too are brothers, sisters, sons, daughters Mother’s and Father’s. We can’t give you the funerals we know you want for your loved ones at this time, so we’ll be your family for now. We’ll continue to care for every single one of them.

#MasseyBros #HonouringLife #everyday #TogetherApart #ItsInOurHands

Update on ease of Government restrictions on funeral services, as of Monday 10th May.

Unfortunately, it is still not possible to have a large funeral as we still navigate the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. We understand how difficult this is for you the families we serve but the safety of everyone is our priority. We must play our part in the strict adherence to these instructions.

Only immediate family and close friends should attend the funeral.

No more than 50 people are permitted to attend the funeral service or be present at the graveside. Numbers allowed in Crematoria vary, your Funeral Arranger will be able to advise on exact numbers.

The numbers who may attend gatherings in our funeral homes is limited at this time. Again, your Funeral Arranger can advise you on the numbers as it depends on the size of the funeral home.

Face masks must be worn when entering our funeral homes. It is also recommended that they are worn in churches and crematoriums. When visiting our funeral homes for your safety, we ask that you provide your contact details for the benefit of track and trace.

Those in attendance will also need to follow social distancing guidelines. This means all funeral attendees must keep a distance of 2 metres apart.

Physical interactions including shaking hands and hugging must be avoided.

Those who are self-isolating or need to restrict their movements can not attend funerals.

Many of our churches have implemented streaming services so that family and friends can view the service from home. Please ask your Funeral arranger for details.

We encourage the wider family and friends of loved ones who have passed, to leave a message of condolence on our website www.masseybros/funeral-notices/

It is essential for the safety of everyone that we act wisely and adhere to these clear instructions from our Government.

From us all at Massey Bros we would like to sincerely thank you for your co-operation during these difficult times. #Staysafe