An infuriating incident has surfaced in a viral video in which a funeral director scolded a pair of mourning sons during their father’s funeral for moving their chairs closer to their grieving mother.
According to The Daily Mail, Craig Bicknell, the son of the deceased, shared the video on Facebook.
In the United Kingdom, where the funeral took place, services are limited to 30 people who must remain masked and sit two meters apart.
In the video, mourners are seated several feet apart from each other during the service.
Bicknell, who sat in the front row, moved his chair to be next to his mother, comforting her with an embrace.
The man on the other side of Bicknell’s mother, whom Bicknell identified as his brother Paul, followed, prompting a director to rush into the room to correct them.
“Sorry, sorry, you have to put the chairs back I’m afraid,” the man said, waving his arms at them. “You can’t move the chairs, you were told.”
Bicknell said he and his brother were devastated by the “telling off.”
“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 6,” Bicknell lamented in his Facebook post, according to the Mail. “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.”
“We are sorry to have upset this family,” a spokesperson for Milton Keynes Council said, according to the Mail. “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,” the spokesperson went on. “We hope this provides additional comfort at a difficult time.”
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