Posted on Jul 30, 2018
The Rev Philip Bromiley, who will be officiating, said the funeral directors took advice from Public Health England. Mr Bromiley said there would be no pallbearers and the coffin would be in situ before mourners arrive. PHE would not comment on the private cremation but reiterated its advice that the risk to the public was low.
Ms Sturgess, 44, died on 8 July after she and her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, were exposed to Novichok the week before in Amesbury, Wiltshire. Mr Bromiley said he believed many friends and relatives of the mother of three were expected at the funeral, including Mr Rowley, who was discharged from hospital on 20 July. “The message I received is that there are certain measures in place to make sure the service will be as safe as possible,” he said. “The service will be a celebration of Dawn’s life, giving thanks for the really loving and giving person she was. “The theme will be peace – peace for her family, for her friends and the city of Salisbury and the surrounding towns and villages affected by the chaotic last few months.” The poisoning of Mr Rowley and Ms Sturgess came four months after the case of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.