Son’s fury at coronavirus rules barring him from comforting his mum at dad’s funeral
A grieving son was stopped from comforting his heartbroken mum at his dad’s funeral because of strict coronavirus rules.
Craig Bicknell, from Milton Keynes, moved his chair to comfort his mum during the service when a worker at the crematorium told him “move the chairs back”.
Craig said his family were left “heartbroken” after losing Alan Wright who died of a heart attack last month.
The worker at Crownhill Crematorium interrupted the emotional service to scold Craig on Friday.
Writing on Facebook about the ‘aggressively’ way he was spoken to at his dad’s funeral, he said: “We are absolutely heartbroken as it is, me and my brother haven’t been able to leave my mums side for two weeks as it is.
“I can sit in a restaurant, I can sit in a pub, I can live at her house, I can travel in a limousine to the crematorium with 6.
“I want to give my mum a cuddle at dad’s funeral and this prick comes flying out aggressively in front of all shouting ‘stop the service’ and makes us split.
“It scared my daughter and shocked everyone in the room.”
Footage of the service shows mourners seated socially distance apart and as proceedings begin a man is seen moving his chair next to an elderly woman and puts his arm around her to comfort her.
A man on the other side does the same before a person in the second row also begins to move his chair closer to a woman seated next to him.
A man waving his arms can then be seen rushing into the shot and shouts: “Sorry, sorry, you have to put the chairs back I’m afraid.”
“You can’t move the chairs, you were told.”
The mourners return to their original positions and the service continues.
Under the current rules funerals can have up to 30 mourners but they must all be social distancing.
The Milton Keynes Community Hub wrote on Facebook: “We were contacted by a resident who recently said goodbye to his father at Crownhill Crematorium.
“They wanted us to help highlight how traumatic and upsetting the experience of a funeral now is, on top of the already sadness people feel when laying somebody to rest.”
After reading Craig’s comments, one person said: “Although I do not know them, my condolences to the family involved. I am absolutely f***ing incensed.
“The way in which the service was interrupted and the manner in which they were spoken to are beyond forgiveness.
“I think I would have got up and walked out in disgust.”
Another posted: “It is shocking, you should not separate family members who live together when attending a funeral.
“In fact it’s more than shocking, it is down right cruel!”
A spokesperson for Milton Keynes Council told Sun Online : “We are sorry to have upset this family.
“We don’t usually step in if a guest needs to be comforted by another family member and in this instance should have taken a more considered approach.
“We ask funeral directors to let us know whether any chairs should be grouped in advance, and from now on this includes guests who are in the same household or bubbles as well as people who need extra support.
“We hope this provides additional comfort at a difficult time.”
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