Mourners are encouraged to find pre-recorded tracks as places of worship open up post-Covid-19 lockdown.
Co-op Funeralcare, has welcomed the government’s announcement that places of worship can reopen for prayer and services from 4 July.
However, the funeral provider has advised people to find pre-recorded versions of their favourite hymns to play at funeral services where the venue permits as the tradition of singing in places of worship has been banned due to the risk of spreading coronavirus.
David Collingwood, director of funerals at Co-op Funeralcare, said: “Hymns offer people comfort and can really help bring people together at a time of sadness.
“Just being able to listen to hymns during services, where the venue permits, helps people feel connected, especially at a time when we’re socially distant and not allowed to embrace one another.”
He added: “Finding the right music to play at a funeral can really make a difference and help to unify us, which is needed now more than ever.”
Co-op Funeralcare is also advising that families speak to their funeral directors to find out what technology and services could be available to them.
Collingwood concluded: “Technology is transforming funerals. Webcasted services have and will become the norm, which will allow more people to be involved in future services.
“We work closely with crematoria and third-party providers to make sure that families receive the best advice and have access to live streaming facilities. It really helps communities feel part of their loved one’s funeral, even if they can’t physically be there.”