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Public support for funeral professionals from the Pope – and Graham Norton

Public support and thanks for the work of funeral service professionals as key workers has been growing over the weeks of the pandemic – and public appreciation has come recently from two contrasting sources: the Vatican and one of the BBC Radio 2’s most popular presenters.

Last weekend, notes the NAFD, Graham Norton (below) did a shout out to funeral directors for their hard work on his BBC 2 radio show, following tweets the Association exchanged with the singer Hazel Dean. “He got our name a little bit wrong – but we forgive him! “ said a spokesperson.

Norton said: “These men and women are there for families during their darkest days, 24-7, and now even more so. They operate with such dignity and respect and I really think it’s time we gave them some love back.” The comments are on this link, just after 13 minutes in.

On the same day, His Holiness the Pope focused his prayers on the work of funeral professionals during Saturday Mass, noting that:
"What (you) do is something very painful and sad. (You) are touched closely by the pain of this pandemic.” Find out more here.

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