Important Corona Virus Updates

At Walter Carter Funerals, we’re committed to ensuring the safety of our team, client families and the community. Here are the steps we’re taking.

 

Last updated: 8 November 2021

We know that COVID has presented many challenges for families in all facets of life, and many people have struggled with the restrictions, including those on funeral numbers.

In line with the NSW Government’s revised reopening roadmap, we are pleased to inform the public about the new arrangements for funerals held from Monday, November 8.

 

Arrangement and conduct of funeral services

Given what’s happening in our world, we’ve had to make changes to how we plan, arrange and conduct funerals.

If you’re seeking to arrange a funeral, please email us at enquiries@waltercarterfunerals.com.au or call us on (02) 9389 3499.

 

Venues

Under the new State Government guidelines:

  • Numbers are restricted to 2sqm per person as long as all attendees are fully vaccinated;
  • If any attendee is not fully vaccinated, the number of attendees will be restricted to 10;
  • Masks must be worn in an indoor venue;
  • Authorised officers will monitor businesses and on the spot fines of $1,000 may apply to individuals for not complying, or for using fraudulent evidence of vaccination or check-in, and on the spot fines of $5,000 may apply to businesses for not complying.

In the case of the Walter Carter Funerals gathering space, a limit of 32 mourners will be in place. Hand sanitiser and face masks are available.

 

Alternate ways to ‘attend’ a service

Alternate arrangements are available that will give mourners who are unable to attend an opportunity to grieve.

We can arrange for a video recording, allowing those not in attendance to watch the service at a later date. We can also arrange for live streaming online, providing the opportunity for family and friends to experience the service in real-time.

Another option is to hold a memorial service after the crisis period has passed.

 

Tribute slideshows

During this period, we need to change our service regarding the compilation of tribute slideshows.

If you are able to email photos through to us, we can certainly compile the slideshow.

Of course, you can also compile the slideshow yourself and then provide it to us to play on the day.

Press notices

To manage attendees, we’ll be asking our families to invite attendees personally and suggesting publishing only a memorial notice.

Care and attention

At Walter Carter Funerals, we are committed to delivering a funeral that best honours the life of loved ones with dignity, and we always strive to ensure the family’s wishes are met.

However, we also need to ensure we operate within the regulations set by the Government, and consider the safety of all who attend the funeral, as well as the wider community.

To do so, we will need to ensure all attendees sign in using the ServiceNSW QR Code and provide evidence of their vaccination status prior to entering the funeral.

Please be assured that all the Walter Carter Funerals team that will be managing the funeral are fully vaccinated and will practice and encourage the Government’s advice of mask wearing and social distancing.

Also be assured that we at Walter Carter Funerals respect the utmost trust and responsibility that you have placed in us to deliver the very best in service and outcomes for our client and their friends and family.

We will continue to monitor the advice and easing of restrictions, and keep you informed on any future changes.

Coping with grief during COVID-19

The spread of the coronavirus has taken a huge emotional toll on the community.

It’s changed the way we communicate with our friends and colleagues. It’s changed how we fill our leisure time. And it’s changed how – and if – we can spend time with our families.

Importantly, it’s changed how we experience grief. However, by being aware of your emotional, social and spiritual health, and deliberately focusing on your own self-care, you can mitigate the effects of this ‘grief pandemic’.