Mourners at a funeral found themselves in for a shock when a worker at the funeral home started screaming at the guests. The son of the deceased moved his chair closer to his mother’s, under the assumption that he would be closer to her to help her grieve. However, a worker at the Crownhill Crematorium in Milton Keynes revealed that the worker was so upset because the chairs were out of order and breaking COVID-19 social distancing protocols.
Craig Bicknell, the son of the deceased, moved his chair because he was desperate to be closer to his mother. She was in an extremely sad state of affairs because Bicknell’s father, Alan Wright, died on October 2, 2020. When other mourners saw that Bicknell was moving the chairs, they copied him and began moving them, too.
But an angry worker soon confronted Bicknell (above) and the other guests, ordering them to “move the chairs back.”
Bicknell and his brother Paul were devastated by the “telling off” by the angry worker. Because the family had lost the patriarch, they were very sad and distressed. But the anger from the funeral home employee only made things worse.
Alan Wright (above) died of a heart attack in September.
Craig Bicknell wrote about his horrible experience at the Crownhill Crematorium in Milton Keynes by complaining about it on Facebook.
“I can sit in a restaurant. I can sit in a pub. I can live at her house. I can travel in a limousine to the crematorium with six. But when I want to give my mum a cuddle at dad’s funeral, a man flies out mid-service, shouting stop the service and makes us split. A devastating day made even worse.”
A spokesperson for the Milton Keynes Council, representing the funeral home, quickly followed up with a comment:
“We are sorry to have upset this family. We don’t usually step in if a guest needs to be comforted by another family member and, in this instance, should have taken a more considered approach. We ask funeral directors to let us know whether any chairs should be grouped in advance, and from now on, this includes guests who are in the same household or bubbles, as well as people who need extra support. We hope this provides additional comfort at a difficult time.”
Video footage captured the alarming moment when the funeral worker shouted at the grieving family. But before that, Craig was just trying to have a tender moment with his grieving mother. He scooted his chair closer to his mother and wrapped his arm around her shoulder. Not long afterward, his brother did the same, coming up to their mother. But that’s when the employee stormed over, waving his arms and shouting at the family of the deceased to spread apart to practice social distancing.
He shouted, “Sorry, sorry, you have to put the chairs back, I’m afraid. You can’t move the chairs, you were told.”
Craig said, “We are absolutely heartbroken. Me and my brother haven’t been able to leave my mum’s side for two weeks as it is, being there for my mum, within her bubble.”
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