A North Ayrshire crematorium is offering free webcasting of services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clyde Coast and Garnock Valley Crematorium is helping the public follow government advice to avoid gatherings by live streaming their loved one’s final goodbye.

A spokesperson for the crematorium, located in Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, said: “We are doing everything we can to support families and continue to provide a safe space for essential funeral services.”

Although all social events, including weddings and baptisms, are to be stopped, funerals can still go ahead.

However, social distancing guidance must still be observed.

The consequence of this advice is that wider family members and friends of the deceased who would have ordinarily attended funeral services are being asked to consider not attending - to physically stay away - to reduce the number of people congregating.

A spokesperson for Clyde Coast and Garnock Valley Crematorium said: “To help families given these difficult and exceptional circumstances, we are offering complimentary webcasts of full services held in our Ceremony Hall.  

“Families can provide friends with a secure log-in and they can still watch and be part of the funeral service, albeit remotely.”

The technology will help families and friends pay their respects during the coronavirus crisis whilst still following government advice to remain at home.

The team at Clyde Coast and Garnock Valley Crematorium believe they are the only crematorium to offer this service and are hoping others across the country can do the same, although not all crematoria have the technology to do so.

For more information visit clydecrematorium.co.uk or facebook.com/clydecrematorium.