The Daily Telegraph

Con­trols on the be­reaved

- Alan Wright · Milton Keynes

A fu­neral was in­ter­rupted by cre­ma­to­rium staff to tell two griev­ing sons they had to leave their mother’s side, it has emerged as the fam­ily said so­cial dis­tanc­ing reg­u­la­tions were “be­yond be­lief ”. The fu­neral of Alan Wright, 78, at the Crown­hill cre­ma­to­rium in Mil­ton Keynes was paused by a staff mem­ber af­ter the sons moved their chairs to com­fort their mother. Craig Bicknell, Mr Wright’s son, said he had been in a bub­ble with his mother for weeks and while al­lowed to sit next to each other in the pub or travel to the ser­vice to­gether, as well as carry the cof­fin in to­gether, they could not com­fort each other dur­ing the fu­neral. The sons said the ac­tions made a “dev­as­tat­ing day even worse”. Crown­hill cre­ma­to­rium, which is run by Mil­ton Keynes coun­cil, did not pro­vide a com­ment in re­sponse.

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