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Thank you for visiting our website. If you have had a bereavement, or are looking for information because a loved one is unwell, please accept our condolences at this really difficult time. Please be aware that some of the information on the other pages of our website is not currently accurate – all of the information relating to the current situation is on our home page here. However, please contact us at any time if you need any advice or information.

Funerals at present.

There has been a lot of coverage in the media about the limitations of a funeral which has to follow social distancing guidelines, and we’re pleased that the government has issued guidance which confirms that close family should continue to be able to attend funerals, and that cemeteries should remain open to allow people to visit graves. Funerals at crematoria are limited to immediate family only, with actual numbers permitted depending on the venue. Places of worship and cemetery chapels are closed, meaning that burial services are taking place around the graveside or at crematorium chapels.

However – although funerals at present are much simpler and more intimate affairs than would be the case under normal circumstances, the close family are still finding comfort in being able to say goodbye, and friends and neighbours are finding other ways of showing they care, such as lining the streets as the hearse leaves for the funeral. Use of webcasts for crematorium services has also increased. Many families are planning to hold a celebration of their loved one’s life when restrictions have been lifted – this might be a memorial service, a big party, a country walk to scatter ashes – whatever feels right.

Everyone here at Gillotts is committed to helping families who have lost someone during this difficult time to find a way to hold a simple, dignified and meaningful funeral in line with the current guidelines. We also realise that circumstances sometimes mean that holding a funeral service at present simply isn’t possible if people are unable to travel or are shielding, and so we’re supporting those who chose or have no option but to hold an unattended cremation. As an independent business, we’ve been able to make a lot of changes in the last few weeks to ensure that we can be adaptable and flexible to the ever-changing situation whilst keeping our staff and client families safe.

Contacting and visiting us

As social distancing requirements continue, our receptions continue to be closed to the public except by appointment. If you need our help, please telephone whichever one of our funeral homes you would like to deal with, and we will assist you over the phone, making an appointment to come into the office only if required. You can call us 24 hours a day and a member of staff will be able to assist you.

If you have an appointment to visit us, please ring the doorbell and wait for a member of staff. Please be patient, as our telephone lines are currently very busy, and the staff in the office may be taking a telephone call and be unable to answer the door immediately.

Please download our special brochure below, which explains the present limitations in more detail, and excludes the services and items we are no longer able to supply.

COVID-19 Special Circumstances Brochure

Registering a Death

The Registration of all Deaths is currently taking place by telephone. Please download our advice leaflet here. To allow this to happen as quickly as possible, please contact the hospital bereavement centre for deaths in hospital, or the deceased’s GP surgery for deaths in the community, as soon as you can.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Gillotts Funeral Directors have been arranging funerals for families across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire for generations.

We serve a wide area from five funeral homes in Eastwood, Kimberley, Heanor, Stapleford and Selston.

People may be more familiar with our former names; Eastwood and District Funeral Service, Kimberley Funeral Service and Gillotts Funeral Service. In November 2015, we united our funeral homes under a single name; Gillotts Funeral Directors, to reflect our identity as a family business. The business continues to be owned and managed by The Eastwood Funeral Partnership; Barry and Elaine Hutsby, Joanne Hutsby and Anthony Topley.

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