How coronavirus has changed the way we mourn - a poignant goodbye to Gloucestershire 88-year-old

The funeral of a man who died at a care home in Cheltenham after contracting coronavirus took place today (May 11).

Rod Prole, better known as 'Rodders', died on April 16. Only the 88-year-old's four daughters - and their households - were able to attend his funeral.

Those attending the service had to keep their distance from each other in light of the pandemic. Credit: ITV News West Country

Mr Prole's daughter Jo Main said that funerals were "bad at the best of times", and not being able to embrace her family was just "horrible".

Current guidelines state there should be a limit on the number of people attending funerals.

At Cheltenham Crematorium the limit is five households, while other family and friends are permitted to look from a distance.

It is hoped the number of mourners will increase as we ease out of lockdown.

Staff from the Sandfields Care Home clapped as Mr Prole's funeral cortege drove past. His daughter, Tina Keen, described it as an "incredible feeling".

Rod, who had dementia, diabetes and heart disease, was not tested for Covid-19 when he was alive in the care home.

At the time testing for patients and residents in care homes was not available.

It wasn't until his body was tested at a temporary morgue in Tewkesbury that they discovered he died of coronavirus.

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