Coronavirus restrictions impact residents in mourning

CORONAVIRUS restrictions are impacting one of the most personal events in the life of a family.

Regulations were implemented stipulating a maximum of 10 people were allowed to attend funerals, a move made to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Burnett Regional Funeral Services director Fred Hampson has already seen the harsh impact this has had on friends and families of the recently deceased.

"Everyone has been very understanding at this time, but it doesn't make it any easier for them," Mr Hampson said.

"It's an exceptionally emotional time for them as it is, and this stress just adds to it."

Mr Hampson said due to the reduced numbers, it was hard to tell someone they could only have seven or eight people at the service as there were often two to three staff assisting which counted in the 10-person limit.

"Everyone understands what the government is trying to do, and we all watch the news," Mr Hampson said.

"Our lives are no longer changing day by day, but hour by hour."

Mr Hampson, his wife Shirley and their team also have to adhere to stricter precautions in other areas of the business due to the coronavirus outbreak.

"We're very mindful of workplace health and safety, and the infection control guidelines," Mr Hampson said.

"Traditionally we wear personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks, gowns and we're mindful of the precautions.

"We receive daily emails from health authorities keeping us up to speed too, with constant updates on new regulations."

The funeral service is now considering different avenues to honour those who have passed away.

"The condolences we post online on social media are appreciated by their families, as it allows those in the community to grieve with them," Mr Hampson said.

"We have live streamed funerals in the past as well, so those are the things that we could be planning in the future."



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