Sons told to move away from grieving mother at funeral

Yahoo News Staff
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Two grieving brothers have been told to move away from their mum during a funeral as they both mourned the death of their father.

Video shows the moment the men, in Milton Keynes northwest of London, move their chairs across the aisle to comfort their mum at Crownhill Crematorium.

As they sit with their arms around their mother, a funeral home employee walks in from the back of the room.

“Sorry, you’ll have to put your chairs back I’m afraid,” he says, interrupting a eulogy.

“You can’t move your chairs. You were told.”

The trio then separate, spacing out their chairs to the two-metre requirement.

Two men cuddle their mum at a funeral before a man separates them for social distancing at Crownhill Crematorium.
A staff member at Crownhill Crematorium tells two men to separate from their grieving mum. Source: Milton Keynes Community Hub

One of the man told Milton Keynes Community Hub’s Facebook page he is “absolutely heartbroken” by what happened.

“Me and my brother haven’t been able to leave my mum’s side for two weeks as it is, being there for my mum, within her bubble,” he said.

“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.”

He said the man scared his daughter and shocked everyone else.

“This is not how funerals should be and with the guidelines in place for pubs, bars, public transport etc, how this can carry on at funeral is beyond belief,” he said.

“A devastating day made even worse.”

On Facebook, people called the incident “disgraceful” and “disgusting”.

“It’s just awful,” one woman wrote.

Another woman called it “absolutely vile and shameful”.

“Horrific,” another woman wrote. “Words fail me.”

Milton Keynes Council told Mail Online it’s sorry for what happened and the man in the video “should have taken a more considered approach”.

In the UK, people cannot meet in groups of more than six people outside their household.

Funerals are currently limited to 30 people provided the venue can accommodate the two-metre social distancing rule.

One of the men, identified by the Metro as Craig Bicknell, said the family were at the funeral for their dad Alan Wright who died of a heart attack.

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