Heartbreaking Moment Son Is Told off at Dad's Funeral for Moving Chair To Comfort Mom | 22 Words

Viral footage has shown the heartwrenching moment a grieving family was separated at a funeral after they broke social-distancing measures to comfort one another.

Here's what we know so far...

It is the most horrendous situation.

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Craig Bicknell, from Milton Keynes, U.K, was attending the funeral of his father, Alan Wright, alongside his brother, his grieving mom, and other close family members.

However, when Craig and his brother moved in to comfort their crying mother...

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They were suddenly and abruptly "told off" by a member of staff, and were then instructed to move away and maintain a social distance.

CCTV footage of the incident was posted online...

And, of course, it was quick to go viral.

People are utterly disgusted by the footage...

And many have slammed the crematorium and it's staff members directly for their sheer "heartlessness" and "lack of humanity."

Now, attending a funeral will always be an emotionally challenging event.

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Saying your final goodbyes to a loved one will never be easy, with most people finding the whole experience to be somewhat traumatic.

So, of course...

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When attending a funeral, you will need the support and comfort of your friends and family more than you ever have before.

However, coronavirus has made sure to put a stop to that.

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With new social-distancing measures in place in an attempt to combat the virus, the dynamic of funerals has changed somewhat.

Here in the states, all funeral attendees are required to wear a facemask...

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And are encouraged to host virtual ceremonies, rather than attending the more traditional gatherings. Otherwise, social distancing measurements are required.

These new rules, despite how important they are, truly have tainted the sentiment behind these ceremonies...

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And this week, one incident has made many people question whether these rules are doing more harm than good and whether they should even be in place at all.

This brings us back to the story of Alan Wright.

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As stated earlier, Alan, pictured on the left above, sadly passed away from a heart attack last month.

In the 2 weeks leading up to his funeral, Alan's sons, Paul and Craig, temporarily moved in with their mom...

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And, in their words, "never left her side."

So you'd think they'd be allowed to sit next to her throughout the service, right?

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Wrong. At the funeral, grieving family members and friends were required to sit on individual chairs at least 2 meters away from one another.

At first, the family abided by the rules...

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But, when Craig noticed his mom crying by herself in her chair, he stood up and carried his chair over to hers, where he sat back down and put an arm around her shoulders.

Soon after, Paul followed suit...

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Thus prompting a third family member sat in the row behind to start standing up in an attempt to move closer to a loved one.

However, a member of staff quickly put a stop to this behavior.

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In the CCTV footage, he can be seen hastily striding into the service, shouting: "Sorry, sorry, you have to put the chairs back I'm afraid. You can't move the chairs, you were told."

Without arguing, the group move back to their original positions...

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And the service resumed.

Understandably, this was an incredibly traumatic moment for the grieving family...

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And Paul and Craig have since spoken out about their experience. Craig wrote on Facebook: "We are absolutely heartbroken as it is, me and my brother haven’t been able to leave my mum's side for 2 weeks as it is. 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. I want to give my mum a cuddle at dad's funeral and this p***k comes flying out aggressively in front of all shouting 'stop the service' and makes us split."

And, speaking with Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain, the brothers explained:

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"It was the hardest day of our lives anyway and for someone to come out with that aggression and telling us to stop, all we wanted to do is comfort our mum at the hardest time."

Craig recalled the traumatic moment:

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"I obviously heard the door open at the time of moving towards my mum to comfort her. The way he came flying out of the room towards us, I was slightly nervous of the pace he was coming at me with and when he said stop and explained what he wanted us to do, I had to make a split-second decision. Do I react? Do I try and talk to this guy, reason with this guy, and beg with this guy that I need to be with my mum?"

The footage from the service has now had millions of views...

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And the Crownhill Crematorium, where the service took place, has now spoken out. Taking to Facebook, they wrote: "We were contacted by a resident who recently said goodbye to his father at Crownhill Crematorium. They wanted us to help highlight how traumatic and upsetting the experience of a funeral now is, on top of the already sadness people feel when laying somebody to rest."

You can watch the incident unfold here.

Our thoughts go out to Alan's family and friends during this difficult time. For more disastrous funeral stories, keep scrolling to read about the family who found a stranger in the open casket for their grandmother...