When someone dies from pancreatic cancer during coronavirus

It can feel overwhelming when someone close to you dies. You will be dealing with lots of different emotions and coronavirus may make all of this seem much harder.

There’s a step by step guide to what you need to do when someone dies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This includes information about registering the death, arranging the funeral and telling the government about the death.

The funeral

The restrictions on funerals are lifting. The number of people who can attend may depend on how many people the venue can hold. In Scotland and Wales, social distancing may still be needed. In order to protect against coronavirus, some measures should still be taken.

  • Everyone should wash their hands or use hand sanitiser regularly, and avoid touching their face.
  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you must not go to the funeral.
  • If you are self-isolating because someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus or you have been contacted by the test and trace service, you should not go to the funeral. If you live in England, you can attend if you are a close family member, but even then, it is recommended that you don’t go. If you do decide to, you should carefully take social distancing precautions on the GOV.UK website.
  • If you are at higher risk of getting ill from coronavirus, you should also think carefully about going to the funeral. If possible, try to use digital ways to attend, rather than going in person. If you do decide to go, you should take precautions to protect yourself from coronavirus.

Funerals are an important part of the grieving process. They give family and friends a chance to say goodbye to the person who has died, as well as supporting each other. If you have to socially distance, you may not be able to hug or console each other, which may be very hard. If you aren’t able to attend the funeral, you may have all sorts of emotions, such as feeling sad, guilty, angry or isolated.

If you aren’t able to bring everyone together in one place for the funeral, there are some things that might help you remember your family member.

  • It may be possible to stream the funeral online through video for those who can’t come – for example by Skype or Zoom. Or you may be able to record it to share with friends and family. Speak to the funeral directors about what is possible.
  • You could create an online book of condolences for people who can’t attend the funeral to share their thoughts and memories.
  • You may be able to hold a memorial event at a later date, once all coronavirus restrictions where you live have been relaxed.
  • You could set up a tribute fund to remember your loved one, celebrate their life, and allow family and friends to make a donation in their memory.
  • Marie Curie have more suggestions of things you could do.

Updated 19 July 2021