Coronavirus Updates - Births, Deaths and Ceremonies

Last updated Wednesday 22 April 2020 at 09:10

Registrars

Due to the strict new measures aimed at protecting people from the coronavirus outbreak we now have to stop weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, excluding funerals.  All weddings will be re-arranged at a later date.

All death and still-birth registration interviews will be conducted over the telephone. Please contact 01495 742132 for help and advice.

All birth registration appointments are postponed until we are through the current pandemic period.  New parents are advised that they can now make a claim for child benefit or universal credit prior to the birth being registered, where they have not been able to register because of these emergency measures.

All legal notices of marriage and civil partnership are deferred until we are through the current pandemic period.  If you have already given Notice this will last for a 12 month period. 

 

Information on obtaining copy certificates can be found here.

Funeral Attendance

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak and in line with government restrictions, it is necessary to limit the number of people in any public space and ensure necessary social distancing. 

These unprecedented circumstances mean that during times of bereavement and mourning, it is not possible to manage a safe and dignified funeral unless strict guidelines are followed and adhered to.

In light of current restrictions on people gathering, it is unfortunate but necessary to limit the number of people in attendance at a funeral.

With immediate effect, only the following people are authorised to attend a graveside funeral or funeral at a crematorium:

  • A maximum of five (5) members of the immediate family of the deceased
  • Minister or officiate for the ceremony/service
  • Funeral director 

This applies for any funerals, memorial services and gatherings at any cemetery within the five local authority areas of Gwent and the Gwent Crematorium.

This decision has not been taken lightly but is necessary for the safety, health and consideration of the local and wider community. 

It is essential to continue to follow this practice until further government advice is given.

Cemeteries

Currently, our cemeteries are still open, however to limit the amount of visitors in line with social distancing we will be keeping our winter opening times.

Cemeteries will be opening between 9am – 5pm for the time being.

We are monitoring the situation daily and will keep people updated.

Llwyncelyn Cemetery Toilets

Due to staffing levels the toilets at Llwyncelyn cemetery have been closed. Our priority is to protect the health and wellbeing of our visitors and appropriate standards are not able to be maintained at present. Sorry for any inconvenience this causes. 

Directory of Bereavement Support

We all know from experience that bereavement is difficult under any circumstances so knowing where to turn for support is important.

Charity, AtaLoss.org, provides a website directory of bereavement support which covers the UK. The website offers one place for people to search and find support wherever they live.

The website also provides information about how to cope with bereavement, how to support someone who is bereaved, planning a funeral and what you can do if you can’t attend plus more. There’s also links to other useful books and websites.

For those people who require face to face counselling the charity also hosts an online service called Griefchat, enabling people to speak to a counsellor free of charge.

Last Modified: 26/04/2020
For more information contact:

Call Torfaen

Tel: 01495 762200

Email: your.call@torfaen.gov.uk

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