During this very difficult period J Stamp & Sons remain committed to supporting all bereaved families in the community we have served for over three generations. As ever, our team are here to guide you through this challenging time to help you achieve the best for you and your family, whilst still observing the new guidelines on funerals as detailed below. We are still arranging and conducting very touching and meaningful services for close family during this period.

In all that we are doing, our main concern is to minimise the risk of transmission and to keep everybody safe. We have made significant changes to our working practices to ensure that we are able to operate safely within social distancing guidelines.

The Government have stated that the following people can attend funerals:
  • Members of the person’s household
  • Close family members
  • If the deceased has neither household or family members in attendance, then it is possible for a modest number of friends to attend
The Government have also confirmed that crematoriums and service venues may set their own a maximum number of mourners to enable each mourner to observe social distancing guidelines (See below for local limits). Government guidance also makes it clear that close families who are in high-risk categories or are self-isolating should be able to attend if they wish to.

So what can I expect locally?

  • Numbers of mourners allowed at local crematoriums are:
    Great Glen – 20
    Kettering – 18
    Countesthorpe – 20
    Chairs are spread out in the crematorium chapels to ensure social distancing is observed
    There is no reduction in the length of a funeral service at any of the crematoriums locally or for a graveside service.
  • Webcast Facilities are being offered by all local Crematoria. These are proving very popular, allowing those unable to attend, to take part remotely from the safety of their own home.
  • Graveside Services are regularly being carried out during this period. There is no limit to the number of mourners that can attend but only attendees listed in the government guidelines (as given above) should be present at the funeral.
  • Funeral Corteges are still regularly happening locally allowing the hearse and cortege to start from the home of the person who has died. We can follow a route where neighbour’s and villagers etc. can stand outside their own homes, paying their last respects, whilst still observing social distancing.
  • Ministers & Celebrants are able to lead funeral services at Crematoriums and at gravesides in the usual way. Church Services are not currently permitted. (Preparation for a service will be made by telephone/email/video conferencing).
  • Funeral Arrangements are being made by our team by telephone/email/video conferencing only.
  • The Registration of Death process has been greatly simplified and can now be completed from the comfort of your own home. For details of this process please click here.
  • Memorial Services and Celebrations of Life will be arranged for many families at a later date, when it is safe for all those wishing to attend, to do so.
  • Cremated Remains can be retained by us until such time as it is safe and appropriate to collect or inter them.
  • Floral Tributes continue to be available and can be arranged on your behalf. For details please click here.
  • Printed Orders of Service – are very much available and very popular. We can print additional copies for those unable to attend, or they can be sent electronically.
  • Chapel of Rest – We continue to have our Chapel of Rest available for viewing by appointment. Numbers attending need to be from the same household for each appointment. Where COVID-19 is the confirmed or suspected cause of death unfortunately only closed coffin visits can be facilitated.
  • Memorials – Our memorial business has been suspended during this period. For those who have outstanding memorial work please bear with us. We will endeavour to finalise any orders once the restrictions have been lifted.


As a gesture of goodwill, we have reduced the cost of our services on all funerals carried out during this period of restriction to reflect the difficult circumstances being faced by many families.

We have available ‘pricing examples’ showing the typical cost of funerals at local crematoriums and burial grounds. If you would like a copy of these prior to any arrangement appointment with us, please telephone or request them by email on