Watch: Son stopped from comforting mother at father’s funeral
A son has spoken of his anger after he was prevented from comforting his mother during his father’s funeral because of coronavirus rules.
Video footage of the ceremony in Milton Keynes shows Craig Bicknell moving his chair beside his mother’s and putting his arm around her.
He is then followed by his brother, Paul, who also moves his chair across.
However, within seconds, a member of staff at Crownhill Crematorium walks over to the family and tells the to keep apart, ordering the brothers to take their chairs back to their original positions.
The staff member says: “Sorry, you have to put the chairs back, I'm afraid. You can't move the chairs, you were told.”
The funeral of Alan Wright took place last Friday, after he died from a heart attack last month.
The video was posted on the Milton Keynes Community Hub Facebook page.
Mr Bicknell, 43, said on Facebook: “We are absolutely heartbroken.
“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 six.
“But when I want to give my mum a cuddle at dad’s funeral, a man flies out mid-service shouting stop the service and makes us split.
“It scared my daughter and shocked everyone in the room. This is not how funerals should be. A devastating day made even worse.”
In a statement, Milton Keynes Council said: “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.”
The council said it asks funeral directors to let it know if chairs should be grouped together in advance, such as when guests are in the same household or bubble, as was the case with Bicknell, his brother and his mother.
Under the government’s national guidance for funerals in England, there should be no more than 30 people in attendance, and mourners must wear a face covering and keep two metres apart from each other.
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