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More mourners allowed to attend funerals at city cemeteries

Grieving families will now be able to invite up to 20 mourners to funerals at Swansea crematorium and at burials in the Council operated cemeteries.

Oystermouth Cemetery

However to conform to Welsh Government guidance mourners will still need to keep two metres apart unless they live in the same household.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Enhancement and Infrastructure Management, said that news would help the bereaved at a difficult time.

He said: "Our bereavement services team are here for the people of Swansea. They work with care and compassion to support the needs of grieving families and relatives at the most difficult of times.

"This latest change will be welcomed by families and funeral directors. Easing the limit on the number of people who can attend a funeral will be a comfort and I know everyone will work together to keep mourners and staff safe."

Lyndon Elsey, Swansea Council's Bereavement Services Registrar, said: "Since the introduction of the Welsh Government Regulations in March we have had to implement several changes to the way we manage funerals to keep everyone safe.

"But with the full support of our funeral directors we have managed to overcome the difficulties to allow burials and cremations to take place without any disruption for bereaved families."

Since the introduction of the Welsh Government regulations on funerals, local funeral directors have praised the Bereavement Service's efforts to support them and families.

Jason Hopkin of Hopkin and Son Funeral Directors, said: "The funeral services industry has had to make fast and comprehensive changes to keep pace with a rapidly changing world, whilst keeping our customers at the forefront of our work.

"The whole Bereavement Services Team - in the office, cemetery and crematorium deserve huge credit for the vital, but often unseen and unsung role they have played in making this possible."

Another local funeral director has contacted the Council to complement the team. He said: "I could not have done my job without the efforts of the Council's Bereavement Services Team who have been so helpful throughout this period."

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