The shocking moment when a crematorium employee interrupted a funeral to verbally abuse mourners for being too close together was captured on camera.
Craig Bicknell of Milton Keynes announced that he had relocated his chair to comfort his mother at his father Alan Wright's funeral at Crownhill Crematorium on October 2, before other mourners followed.
But it wasn't long before a staff member interrupted the service by waving his arms and calling the mourners to put the chairs back.
Craig said he and his brother Paul were devastated by "storytelling" as they mourned the loss of their father, who died of a heart attack in September.
He wrote on Facebook: “I can sit in a restaurant, I can sit in a pub, I can live in your house, I can go to the crematorium in a limousine when I am 6. But when I want to cuddle my mother at the father's funeral, a man flies out in the middle of the service and yells to end the service and part us … A devastating day that gets worse. & # 39;
A Milton Keynes Council spokesman said: “We are sorry to have upset this family. We usually don't intervene when a guest needs to be comforted by another family member and in which case should have taken a more considered approach.
The shocking moment when a worker at a Milton Keynes crematorium interrupted a funeral to berate mourners for being too close was captured on camera and shared widely online
An unnamed man announced that he had moved his chair to comfort his mother, with whom he had been in a "bubble", at his father's funeral at Crownhill Crematorium before a staff member interrupted the service to break them up move
“We ask the funeral directors to let us know in advance if chairs should be grouped. From now on, this includes guests who are in the same household or in bubbles, as well as people who need additional support. We hope this will add extra convenience in a difficult time. & # 39;
In a video that captures the moment in front of the camera, mourners can be seen sitting in chairs at a social distance from others in the room.
When the service began, a mourner in the front row placed his chair next to an elderly woman and put his arm comfortably around her shoulder.
The man on the other side quickly follows suit before a person in the second row starts moving their chair closer to a woman sitting next to him.
But before he can move, a man rushes into the frame, waves his arms, and shouts, "Sorry, sorry, you have to put the chairs back, I'm afraid."
The participants in the service were first placed on seats at a social distance from one another before the nameless man who sat in the front row moved to comfort his mother (pictured left and right).
Shortly after the first man had moved, a second man in the first row moved closer to the older woman (picture)
As he approaches the mourners in the front row, he continues, "You cannot move the chairs, you were told."
The stunned group returns to their original position and the celebrant resumed the service.
The Milton Keynes Community Hub posted the clip on Facebook, commenting, “We were contacted by a resident who recently said goodbye to his father at Crownhill Crematorium.
"They wanted us to highlight how traumatic and disturbing the experience of a funeral now is, in addition to the already sadness people feel when they lay someone to rest."
However, a staff member rushed into the room, waved his arms, and asked the mourners to return the chairs to their original position
They shared a comment from one of the sons who said, “We are absolutely heartbroken. My brother and I have not been able to leave my mother for two weeks because she is there for my mother in her bladder. "
He said, “It scared my daughter and shocked everyone in the room.
"This is not how funerals should be, and given the pubs, bars, public transportation, etc. policies in place, it's incredible how funerals can do that."
The nameless man said the interruption shocked the mourners in the room and devastated the family
The clip quickly went viral when thousands of Facebook users said they were outraged by the employee's behavior.
One person commented: “Although I do not know you, my condolences to the affected family. I am absolutely mad.
The way the service was interrupted and the way they were approached is unforgivable. I think I would have got up and walked out in disgust. & # 39;
After the interruption, participants returned to their original positions before the service resumed
Another wrote: “It is shocking that you shouldn't separate family members who live together at a funeral. In fact, it's more than shocking, it's really cruel! & # 39;
A third added, “We went through this in April and I couldn't comfort my own children with the loss of their beautiful Nanna, my amazing mother.
& # 39; The effect on us is indescribable, the pain can be felt for a long time. As a family, we feel that we couldn't honor my beloved mother. & # 39;
What are the restrictions on funerals?
Funerals can still take place and organizations that provide funeral services have remained open throughout the pandemic.
In England a maximum of 30 people can participate. However, the venues can have different rules depending on how much space they have.
Government social distancing rules apply to funerals. This means that people who live in different households must be two meters apart.
Participants must also wear face covering.
Activities such as chanting, singing, requiring high voices, or playing instruments that are blown into should be strictly avoided.
In England, you may be able to wake up in a place where social distancing measures have been in place, such as a bathroom. B. in a pub or restaurant.
If you want to wake up at home, indoors or outdoors you can only have 6 people in total.
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