Bristol news Mourners offered post funeral picnic service after laying loved ones to rest MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The coronavirus pandemic has put pay to the traditional post funeral wake buffet
Breaking News ! Mourners will be able to have a post funeral picnic after laying their loved ones to rest at a Bristol burial ground. In a change to the traditional post funeral wake, Bristol Memorial Woodlands is now offering this new option. The memorial woodland – a nature reserve which hosts funeral services and burials – was forced to stop the usual buffet style catering it offered to mourners due to the coronavirus pandemic. Government guidelines meant people could no longer help themselves from shared plates of food. So it has come up with a new catering option for those attending services - a picnic bag. The new service will allow families and friends to enjoy homemade treats on the grounds after the service. The new initiative means that people will be given more time to remember their loved ones than is usually available at a crematorium. Hospitality manager Kat Brown said:“When we were unable to provide any catering for our guests, as our buffet-style with people helping themselves was prohibited under the new government guidelines, we really felt we were missing something and that guests weren’t able to get the full benefit of our beautiful facilities here. “One of our funeral directors Scott noticed that families were bringing their own picnics to enjoy on the grounds, something we encourage all year round. We realised that we could offer a picnic bag option meaning one less thing for families to worry about.” Kat and the team developed the idea from there and now offer visitors an individual picnic bag filled with a homemade sandwich, a homemade sausage roll, a homemade cake, a packet of crisps and a variety of hot and cold refreshments. Vegetarian and vegan options available as well as gluten free and dairy free adaptations.
. Kat continued: “There has been a really good take up with most families choosing to enjoy our picnic bags over the last few weeks. We’ve now also got a marquee set up so that if the weather isn’t great people can still enjoy the views of our pond and woodlands. “Our customers have really appreciated the effort we have put in to the new catering options so it’s something we’re proud of. After the service they can congregate in the ground and share memories, all while keeping to social distancing rules.” The picnic bag can also be themed in tribute to lost loved ones.
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Kat added: ““We really try to provide a bespoke service to each occasion so if a family requests a certain type of sandwich which reminds them of their loved one, or if they want us to set up a table of glasses for some bring your own fizz, we’ll happily accommodate them. "We want to be known, not for a conveyor-belt service, but for an unhurried experience to remember fondly.” Bristol Memorial Woodlands is a 100-acre burial ground which is being transformed into a beautiful woodland with trees and wild flowers planted around the plots where loved ones are laid to rest. The area is managed by a charitable trust and will be open forever for future generations to visit. Bristol Memorial Woodlands has its own chapel, Georgian reception rooms and dedicated burial grounds for the Muslim and Jewish communities.
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