Finding the right space and place
If cremation is your preferred option, the main decision you have is which crematorium to choose. This decision is usually influenced by size of service space available, your preferred location and how you would like to order the day’s events. For example would you like a direct and simple cremation with few or no attendees or a traditional service followed by a gather afterwards? There is no right or wrong rule but the order of events may help determine which venue fits best.
Watch our family’s guide to the day of a cremation. The order of events is a guide to help anyone arranging a funeral. Depending on the restrictions at the time, limits to attendees, social distancing and masks may be required. Your funeral director will be on hand to carry out any particular wishes you have, both before and on the day, working within the relevant guidelines
Located on the south side of the city. It has two chapels - the Pentland Chapel, which can seat about 60 people and the Main Chapel, which can seat 200 or more people.
Located to the north east of the city. It has two chapels - the Cloister Chapel, which can seat about 60 people and the Lorimer Chapel which can seat around 200 people.
Located on the east side of the city and has one chapel which seats about 130 people.
Lothian and Borders Crematoria
West Lothian Crematorium
Just outside Livingston, this chapel holds around 112 people with room for a further 100 standing.
Houndwood (East Lothian)
Located off the A1 at Eyemouth, the main chapel can accommodate 120 people.
Based in Melrose, there is a chapel with 100 seats and room for a further 50 people standing.
Northumberland & North Tyneside Crematoria
Whitley Bay Crematorium
West Road Crematorium
The West Chapel seats approximately 180 mourners and the East Chapel 165. Each chapel is equipped with an a streaming service for playing music as well as being able to live stream and record services. Both chapels have an induction loop system installed and are wheelchair accessible.
Blyth Crematorium (Cowpen Crematorium)
Located to the north of the town, the main chapel seats 50 alongside an overflow chapel also seating 50 with services being relayed onto a large screen
Fife & Dundee Crematoria
Located on the north side of town and can accommodate 180 people seated with further standing room.
Located in the north of the city and has a main chapel which can accommodate 160 people.
Urns & keepsakes
Arrange a Funeral FAQs
Is there a cost difference between a burial and cremation?
The choice varies depending on which part of the country you live in. Urban areas have good access to crematoria but burial ground spaces are increasingly limited. Conversely, rural areas have plenty ground but are further away from crematoria. The costs vary between the regions so call us to find out what the options are for your area of choice.
With coronavirus restrictions, my funeral will be private. Can you help with celebration arrangements at a later date?
We can assist with all elements of event planning for a funeral including celebrations after - whether they are on the same day or at later date. Whether you want a simple tribute or an extravagant memorial event, we're here to help you and your loved ones.
Are we limited to the number of cars?
As of July 2020, our entire fleet of limousines will be fitted with screens to comply with the social distancing restrictions following the coronavirus pandemic. This means you can have as many cars as you like, bearing in mind there may household limits set by the Government which will continually evolve. As these restrictions ease, we can explore coaches or other options for larger groups.
I am worried about thanking everyone who attends...
We can help. As there are limits on who can attend a funeral, we offer online obituaries where people can leave online tributes and messages of condolence. You can provide details about the funeral before or add messages of thanks after and then link from your own social media. In the future, when larger numbers are once again allowed, we can provide attendance cards for mourners to sign or leave a message of condolence. We collate them for you after the funeral so you can focus on saying goodbye.
How long should we keep the ashes?
There's no right or wrong answer. Retaining ashes is a very personal thing. Some people want to scatter them at a later date, others can't bear to part with them. We can help by providing practical storage advice and guiding you to make the decision that is most fitting for you and your family.
Can we take the flowers home after the funeral?
You can keep or leave, all or part, of any tribute just as you please. Often a memento is taken by family members or sometimes sprays can be donated to a church, hospice or nursing home. There is no "rule".