Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for funerals

Attendance at funerals

To assist those organizing a funeral, from 9 August 2021 the main hall at Falkirk Crematorium will be able to accommodate a maximum of 190 people. This is in line with the removal of physical distancing restrictions. However, it is advised to keep a safe distance from other households. Burials are able to go ahead without a maximum limit in attendance at the graveside.

Face covering must still be worn inside the Crematorium, unless exempt. Face coverings must also be worn by individuals who are carrying the coffin/taking cords at burials.

From 9 August 2021 webcasts will be charged at Falkirk Crematorium.

At the end of the service, we also advise mourners to continue to follow 'social distancing' guidance, eg that they do not 'shake hands' at the end of cremation and interment services. We are aware that this is a widely accepted practise at funerals, however by avoiding unnecessary contact we can, collectively, do our best to reduce the spread of the virus.

Test and Protect – Contact details for lead family members attending funerals

We are supporting NHS Scotland's Test and Protect. To stop the spread of coronavirus, we'll need to record contact details for family lead members attending funerals to assist in tracing them if it becomes necessary. Details taken will include the name and contact telephone number and the day and time of your arrival. Please assist our staff on site with this.

Contacting people who might have been exposed to coronavirus is an important step in stopping the spread. Your information will be held securely by Falkirk Council, and will be destroyed after 21 days. Your information will only be used if requested by NHS Scotland or statutory partners. Our personal data privacy notice contains more information.

Singing and chanting at funerals

Singing and chanting is permitted at funerals, however individuals are still required to wear a face covering.

Additional cleaning of the Crematorium Chapel and other control measures at facilities remain in place.

Book of Remembrance

Viewings of the Book of Remembrance at Falkirk Crematorium will return to normal from Monday 23 August. No appointment will be necessary. The Chapel and Book of Remembrance is available:

  • Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm
  • Saturday 9am – 12pm

Given the small size of the chapel that houses the books please promote keeping a safe distance from other households. Face coverings are to be worn, unless exempt. Please use the QR code to register for Track and Trace.

Please contact the Bereavement Services Office if you have any questions. Our staff can greet you and ensure that the relevant book and page is open for you.

The Book of Remembrance can also be viewed online at anytime.

For more information on Coronavirus (COVID-19), see www.falkirk.gov.uk/covid19.

We appreciate that during this difficult time you will have to make important decisions about the funeral you would like. The following information will help you to make an informed choice on the option that is best for you and your family.

If you would like any advice or information about burials, cremations and cemeteries, please contact us:

Bereavement Services
Camelon Cemetery
Dorrator Road
Camelon
FK2 7YJ

Our policies on the cremation of babies and infants and cemetery management are available to read below.

Baby and infant cremation policy
Cemetery management policy

Public holidays

The Bereavement Services office will be closed on public holidays. Cremations and burials will still take place if they have been booked in advance (except for Christmas and New Year).

During the period of closure, cremations can still be booked by calling the out of hours team on 01324 506070.

If you require further information please contact bereavement@falkirk.gov.uk.

Funeral Support Payment

Funeral Support Payment is a payment available to people in Scotland, who are on certain benefits or tax credits, and need support to meet the costs of a funeral.


Frequently asked questions

  1. Are there any religious groups which forbid cremation to their members?
  2. Who keeps the cremated remains pending a final decision?
  3. Can items of jewellery be left on the body for cremation?
  4. Can relatives witness the committal of the coffin to the cremator?
  5. Do I need a Funeral Director or can I arrange a funeral myself?
  6. How many of the deaths which occur in Great Britain each year result in cremation?
  7. How soon after the service will the cremation take place?
  8. Is cremation more expensive than burial?
  9. How much does it cost to bury a cremation casket?
  10. Is the coffin cremated with the body?
  11. Is the cremation of a body governed by a code of ethics and working practices?
  12. What are the normal options for disposal of cremated remains?
  13. What happens to the coffin after the committal?
  14. What happens to the cremated remains after the cremation?
  15. What is a Garden of Remembrance and what facilities may be provided there?
  16. What memorial facilities are available at crematoria?
  17. What procedures are followed to ensure that cremated remains are kept separate?
  18. Can more than one body be cremated in a cremator at one time?
  19. Must a burial be associated with a religious ceremony?
  20. What can I plant on a grave?
  21. How do I register a death?
  22. Where can I park in the cemetery?

Are there any religious groups which forbid cremation to their members?

All Christian denominations, including the Roman Catholic Church, allow cremation. Cremation is also acceptable to Sikhs, Hindus, Parsees and Buddhists, but is forbidden by Orthodox Jews and Muslims.


Who keeps the cremated remains pending a final decision?

The family can keep the cremated remain pending a final decision. Alternatively the cremated remains can be kept at the crematorium for a short time. You may have to pay a charge.


Can items of jewellery be left on the body for cremation?

We prefer that all jewellery is removed from the body before the coffin is transported to the crematorium. It will not be possible to recover any items of jewellery after the coffin has arrived at the crematorium.


Can relatives witness the committal of the coffin to the cremator?

Yes. You should arrange this with the Funeral Director as early as possible when making the funeral arrangements.


Do I need a Funeral Director or can I arrange a funeral myself?

You do not need to use a Funeral Director.


How many of the deaths which occur in Great Britain each year result in cremation?

Approximately 70% of all recorded deaths are now followed by cremation.


How soon after the service will the cremation take place?

The cremation always takes place on the same day as the service.


Is cremation more expensive than burial?

The cost of burial is usually much higher than the cost of cremation.


How much does it cost to bury a cremation casket?

Please visit our fees and charges page to find out more.


Is the coffin cremated with the body?

Yes, the coffin is cremated along with the body.


Is the cremation of a body governed by a code of ethics and working practices?

Yes we follow the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities' Code of Cremation Practice.


What are the normal options for disposal of cremated remains?

Each cremation has a Garden of Remembrance where cremated remains can be buried. Cremated remains can be removed from the crematorium to be buried in a grave in a cemetery or churchyard or buried in the Garden of Remembrance at another crematorium. They can also be buried or dispersed in an area selected by the family.


What happens to the coffin after the committal?

The coffin is taken to the cremator, in a room known as the committal room. The nameplate on the coffin is checked to make sure the identity is correct. An identity card will then accompany the coffin and the remains until they are removed from the crematorium.


What happens to the cremated remains after the cremation?

After a cremation, the cremated remains are placed in a container with an identity tag for dispersal or collection. Any ferrous metals (iron) from the coffin or metal used in medical implants will be removed and disposed of separately. Under the Code of Cremation Practice, non-ferrous metals will be disposed of. Please do not expect any jewellery left on the body to be returned to you.


What is a Garden of Remembrance and what facilities may be provided there?

The Garden of Remembrance is a special area next to the crematorium, which is set aside for the dispersal of cremated remains. The Garden is a shared burial area and cremated remains are placed within a biodegradable container prior to burial or can be scattered directly into the grave.  The family can choose to be present at burial.  As the gardens are constantly in use, it is not possible or appropriate to mark or identify the exact location of individual cremated remains. Cut flowers only can be placed in the Garden of Remembrance.


What memorial facilities are available at crematoria?

There are many different types of memorials available to families who wish to commemorate their deceased loved ones at Falkirk Crematorium such as:

  • Inscription in our Book of Remembrance
  • Webcasting funeral service
  • Music and visual tributes
  • Plaque for memorial wall (Camelon Cemetery/Falkirk Crematorium)

What procedures are followed to ensure that cremated remains are kept separate?

A cremator can only accept one coffin at a time and all remains must be removed before the unit can be used again. Each coffin is given an identity card which accompanies the coffin and cremated remains throughout the cremation.


Can more than one body be cremated in a cremator at one time?

Each cremation is carried out separately. Certain exceptions can be made, such as a mother and baby, or twin children. The next of kin must make a specific request for this.


Must a burial be associated with a religious ceremony?

No. The family can arrange any service they wish or no ceremony needs to take place at all. Memorial services can be carried out separately from the burial ceremony.


What can I plant on a grave?

We do not allow planting on any of our sites or graves.

Please refer to the Regulations of the Cemetery (PDF, 123KB).


How do I register a death?

Please visit the registering a death page to find out more.


Where can I park in the cemetery?

Most of the grassed areas within our cemeteries are graves. Please Park in the cemetery car park or on the tarmac road, leaving room for vehicles to pass without driving on the grass. Leave access for the hearse when you are attending a funeral at the graveside.