Temporary mortuary at Birmingham Airport to be ready in 10 days
The temporary mortuary at Birmingham Airport is nearing completion and is expected to be ready within 10 days.
Part of the facility is already complete and being used for storage, as deaths in the West Midlands increase and regional mortuaries reach capacity.
It is anticipated that the site will be able to accommodate the number of deaths expected in the region.
Bereaved families are being urged not to delay in making funeral arrangements for their loved one, particularly because of the current restrictions regarding the number of attendees at funerals.
Many burial sites and crematoriums are continuing services throughout the Bank Holiday weekend to prevent prolonged storage.
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As people may not be able to have the services they want for their loved ones, they are being urged to consider alternatives such as a memorial service or celebration of life at a later date.
Other considerations include live streaming the cremation or burial to enable family members and friends to participate.
West Midlands Police, HM Coroners, the NHS and local authorities are working closely with all faiths and people of no faith, alongside funeral directors to ensure that they deal with all deaths in a compassionate manner.
For more information for bereaved families visit west-midlands.police.uk/coronavirus/funeral-information.
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