Obituaries

Mr Cameron Black

  • Funeral Service
  • Wed 10th Apr 2019

Mrs Caroline Gordon-Duff

  • Funeral Service
  • Tue 9th Apr 2019

Mr Paul Scott

  • Cremation Service
  • Tue 2nd Apr 2019

Mrs Catherine Davidson

  • Burial Service
  • Sat 30th Mar 2019

Mrs Elizabeth Wood

  • Cremation Service
  • Fri 29th Mar 2019

Mrs Kirstine Spurgin

  • Funeral Service
  • Fri 29th Mar 2019

Mr James Campbell

  • Funeral Service
  • Fri 29th Mar 2019

Mr William MacLeod

  • Funeral Service
  • Thu 28th Mar 2019

Mr John Kerr

  • Funeral Service
  • Thu 28th Mar 2019

Mrs Sheila Hall

  • Cremation Service
  • Thu 28th Mar 2019

Mrs Margaret Laughlan

  • Cremation Service
  • Wed 27th Mar 2019

Ms Dorothy Keeley

  • Cremation Service
  • Tue 26th Mar 2019

Attending a funeral FAQs

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What should I wear?

We normally associate wearing black with going to a funeral. But it is increasingly typical for families to express a preferred dress code. Our advice is to look out for information from the family in a notice published either in newspapers, online or in the funeral director window to advise you of their preference.

How long does a service last?

Typically a service in most churches or crematoria lasts around 20-30 minutes. A formal mass may take a little longer and we would expect this to be nearer an hour. Finally, burials can vary in length as they are weather dependent.

What's the rule about shaking hands with the family?

There is no "rule" as each funeral is different. The key is to be guided by the family. Often the celebrant leading the service will clarify if a line-up is expected after the service or at a separate event later. Do bear in mind that if the service was well attended, timescales may dictate what sort of line-up can be done. For our funerals, we can provide attendance cards for mourners to express their condolence which are collated for the family to read at a later date.

Where should I sit?

Family and close friends typically reserve the first couple of rows in a service. We recommend sitting nearer the front than the back of a service space in order to support the family and enabling late arrivals to discreetly fill back rows.

Where should I send flowers?

Often a family will express a preference for flowers - or charity donations in lieu of flowers. We recommend you keep an eye on notices posted in newspapers, or online or in the funeral director window so you are able to follow their wishes.