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Elkin & Bell Funerals Ltd, call 24hrs 01329600050

FUNERALS & CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

During the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, we can help you to arrange a simple, but meaningful funeral.  


We want to reassure you that we are taking every possible step to adapt the way we are working, to ensure we can help in an compassionate way, with the health and well-being of everyone as our main concern.

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We've made some changes to our pricing

Due to the restrictions implemented, we have carefully adjusted our core pricing.  

Although the pricing structure has changed to accommodate the guidelines by our local authorities, we are still able to help you create a meaningful and bespoke funeral service.

Unattended Cremation: £1,295.00

No service, no mourners.

Including payment of the following third-party fees:

Cremation Fee

Medical Fee for Cremation Form

Simple Cremation Service: £2,413.00

Including payment of the following third-party fees:

Funeral service at Portchester Crematorium chapel

Cremation

Medical Fee for Cremation Form

Minister/Celebrant to take a service

Webcast/Live-stream where availab

Simple Burial Service: £2,385.00

Including payment of the following third-party fees:

Funeral service at the Graveside at Anns Hill Cemetery

Interment Fee

Minister/Celebrant to take a service 

The fees for interment include the digging of the grave to a depth sufficient for two interments and re-turfing after burial 

This does not include purchase of exclusive rights to a grave

For More Information

Please either visit our pricing page by clicking the link below, or get in touch for no-obligation, complimentary advice 24 hours a day, every single day of the year.

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Changes to Medical Fees for Cremation from Monday 6th April 2020

Until further notice, we have been advised that there will only be one doctor required to sign a medical certificate for a cremation to proceed, rather than two.


As such, there will be a reduction of £82.00 from both our simple and bespoke Cremation core packages.

UPDATE

Changes to the way a death is registered from Monday 30th March 2020

⭐️COVID-19 INFORMATION UPDATE⭐️


Changes to the way a death is registered from Monday 30th March 2020


Portsmouth Register Office will be operating as per Phase Three of the General Register Office's Pandemic Plan.


This means that they will no longer be offering face-to-face appointments, registration will be completed remotely over the telephone and, where possible, digitally. 


Currently, this information has only been issued by Portsmouth Register Office. 


Please use the following contact details if you need to register a death, and they will be able to explain more.  


PLEASE ENSURE YOU ONLY CALL once you have obtained the medical cause of death certificate, or the Coroner has instructed you to make contact:


If the death occurred within the 

City of Portsmouth

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: 02392829041


If the death occurred within 

The County of Hampshire

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: 03005551392


If the death occurred within the 

City of Southampton

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY:  02380915327



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Elkin & Bell Funerals 
Funeral Directors in Gosport

Making arrangements

To protect you, our team, and the wider community, we have made the difficult decision to stop our open-door policy, and operate by an APPOINTMENTS ONLY system at our office.


Most enquiries and funeral arrangements can be made remotely over the phone, via email, FaceTime, or Whatsapp.  In most situations, paperwork can be completed digitally. 


Our 24 hour service remains unaffected.  

UPDATED: Attending services

Following on from the new guidelines released by the government, please find the following updated information:


ATTENDING SERVICES

The government has advised that funeral services with physical attendance of mourners should continue as long as those attending adhere to the guidance, which details how the risk of transmission can be reduced. Please be aware that the situation on attendance remains under review and can be changed or updated if the guidance is not adhered to and/or in line with the changing situation: 


Alongside the Funeral Director, Chapel Attendant, and funeral staff only the following should attend:

•members of the person's household

•close family members

•or if the above are unable to attend, close friends - please note that this only applies if there is no one from the household or close family of the deceased able to attend

•attendance of a celebrant of choice, should the bereaved request this.


CREMATORIA

Under Sec 5 (8) of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 that came into force 26th March 2020:

Portchester Crematorium:

ALL CREMATORIA WAITING ROOMS, BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE ROOM, AND OFFICE(S) ARE CLOSED TO MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC. 


THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO THE GARDENS OF REMEMBRANCE THAT SURROUND THE CREMATORIUM. 


CHAPELS ARE ONLY ACCESSIBLE FOR FUNERAL SERVICES THAT CAN BE ATTENDED BY THE SPECIFIED INDIVIDUALS 

NORTH CHAPEL: MAXIMUM OF 10

SOUTH CHAPEL: MAXIMUM OF 15


Although we have given a maximum on the numbers attending and made clear who can attend, the guidance does state that action should be taken to restrict the number of mourners to be as low as possible to ensure protection for the mourners gathered, with a particular focus on protecting those that are vulnerable, and reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19).


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WEBCAST/LIVESTREAM OPTIONS

Portchester Crematorium

WEBCASTING FACILITY IS AVAILABLE 


Wessex Vale (West End) & Test Valley (Romsey) 

WEBCASTING FACILITY IS AVAILABLE


Southampton Crematorium 

WEBCASTING FACILITY IS AVAILABLE


The Oaks Havant Crematorium

RECORDING OF SERVICE AVAILABLE IN LIEU OF WEBCASTING


╰☆☆MEDICAL FEES FOR CREMATION ONLY☆☆╮

It has been decided that instead of two medical professionals completing certificates for a cremation to proceed, only one is now required.

As such, a deduction of £82.00 will be reflected in our simple and bespoke cremation core packages.


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CEMETERIES

Gosport Borough Council has suspended the use of Anns Hill Chapel for services. 

Graveside services for full burials are permitted to go ahead with the attendance of IMMEDIATE FAMILY ONLY, and we are working closely with the council’s team to ensure their updated regulations regarding services at the graveside are adhered to.


Portsmouth, Fareham, Havant & Southampton Cemeteries

Burials will proceed as per their council's guidelines. Unfortunately cemetery chapels will remain closed. Southampton council will NOT be offering the crematorium chapel as an alternative. 

BURIALS OF CREMATED REMAINS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.


WE CAN PROVIDE WEBCAST/LIVESTREAM AT CREMATORIA (where available) TO YOU AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE. 

FOR BURIALS: When we speak with you to arrange a funeral, we will discuss streaming options with you, including hiring a professional photographer/videographer.  

This is particularly important if you are concerned about any restrictions affecting those who wish to attend the funeral. 


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Mourners should be following advice on social distancing when travelling to and from the funeral gathering and any mourner who is showing symptoms should not attend the funeral as they pose a risk to others; remote participation should be considered.


The Guidance also states that to ensure that organisations managing funerals are able to cope with the increased number of deaths, it is important that funerals are not delayed. We understand how difficult this will be for the families and friends of lost loved ones; however, the current guidance will be in place for the foreseeable future for the safety of the public.


We are aware that the situation is changing rapidly, so if you are arranging a funeral with us, or would like to use our complimentary consultation service, we will endeavour to keep you updated. 


For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us on 

Tel 24hrs 01329600050

SMS/WhatsApp 07957679680

Email enquiries@elkinandbellfunerals.co.uk

Unattended Funerals

Should you need to arrange a direct cremation or burial with us (this is when a person is cremated or buried without a funeral service and with no mourners in attendance), we can advise on how you can put together a meaningful memorial service at a later date, as well as offering you support with your grief. 

Limousines

To protect you and our team, limousines will no longer be included as part of our service and we ask that you use your own transport.  

IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES where no other transport options are available, with up to four passengers from the same household, who are not presenting symptoms/in isolation/considered a vulnerable person, we may be able to assist.

Limiting contact

To protect everyone in our community, our team have been instructed not to shake hands.  We’ll still be warm and friendly, but we’ll greet you in a different way, such as holding our hand over our heart.  We will also offer hand sanitiser for you use.

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Looking after people in our care

We will continue to look after everyone in our care in our gentle and sensitive way, but have put procedures in place to ensure we can do this safely.   

Collecting someone who has died

Before we collect the person who has died, we may ask you a series of questions related to coronavirus/COVID-19 and pneumonia to ensure we are best equipped to safely deal with your circumstances.   

Caring for someone who has died

We are well prepared to take care of people who have died with coronavirus/COVID-19 in line with the official guidance we have received.  If you are affected by coronavirus/COVID-19, we’ll still be able to help.  We just need to know your situation so we can bring the correct equipment.   

Collecting someone from home

Please be advised our team may be wearing additional personal protective equipment (PPE) even when the risk is deemed to be low.   

Our facilities

We’re very proud of the mortuary facilities we use, which adhere to industry codes of practice, and usually welcome you to have a look around.  However, due to the increased risk at this time, we are no longer able to allow members of the public into the mortuary space or to be involved in washing and dressing the person who has died.   

Supporting you

We are working closely with our colleagues throughout the funeral profession to ensure we can offer the same high standards you would normally expect from us during this unprecedented time.  Whatever you’re going through, we’re here to guide and support you. 

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