COVID-19: 18th March

March 18, 2020


The team here at W.Craven Ltd are aware of the current situation concerning COVID-19 and the potential risks it poses to our clients and staff.

We intend to be socially responsible with regards to trying to limit the spread of the virus and will balance this with the need for us to continue with our vital role in the community.

It is crucial that our staff members remain well enough to carry out our work and so we have actioned our plans that are designed to not only keep us able to continue with what we need to do but also to protect you as far as is practical from us.

We are asking for your support by paying close attention to the new guidelines we have in place to help safeguard all of our health and wellbeing:

  • Educating our staff regarding preventative measures.
  • Highlighting the importance of frequent and proper handwashing.
  • Cleaning of contact points more frequently.
  • Increasing the disinfecting of all equipment and vehicles.
  • Staff have been advised not to shake hands, to avoid physical contact and to practice reasonable Social Distancing. Please do not be offended , this is to protect you as well as us.
  • We ask you to join us in practicing proper public hygiene, if you do need to sneeze or cough, please do so into a tissue or your elbow.
  • We ask you to not visit us if you feel unwell, or have been in contact with people who are unwell.
  • From today onwards and only until this pandemic comes to an end, please only come to see us on your own or as a couple, not as a family group.
  • We are able to continue treating all deceased with the utmost care and respect and will still prepare your loved ones for viewing so that you can visit them in our private chapels; but please restrict visitors to only immediate family members during this pandemic.
  • We are still able to arrange and carry out a funeral as normal but please use your own family cars to follow behind our hearse or to meet us at the venue for the funeral. It would be irresponsible of us to lay on limousines at this time. Having up to 8 people in one confined space goes against the Government guidelines for Social Distancing.
  • You will need to limit the amount of people that you invite to attend a funeral so as to adhere to Government guidelines regarding mass gatherings. During the course of this pandemic, funerals need to be smaller and more intimate affairs and elderly relatives are advised to stay at home.
  • If the situation worsens we have an emergency plan that will enable us to continue  our vital public  service whilst maintaining the dignity of the deceased and the health of our staff and clients.

We recognise the rapidly changing situation and are continuing to monitor Government recommendations, statements of the Chief Medical Officer and compare these with our own observations in the local community and hospitals and we will use our experience of prior pandemics and outbreaks to make informed decisions and take sensible actions.

Thank you,

Charles Craven.