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Burials and cremations

When a person dies and no-one else is able to organise the funeral, the Council has a duty, under the Burials & Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016, to arrange a burial or cremation of the remains.
 
If we are contacted to arrange a funeral (for whatever reason), we are required to do the following:
  • Search the person’s last abode for valuables, family contacts, banking documents and wills;
  • Arrange the funeral which will only include a casket, a basic funeral and flowers; and
  • Reclaim our costs from the estate.
The funeral will be a cremation unless it is believed that the deceased would have wanted a burial. The burial will be in an unmarked communal grave.
 
For a list of all funerals carried out by the Council under the Burial & Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 and previously under the National Assistance Act 1948, please refer to the Publication at the foot of this page.  (This information will be updated monthly).

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Tel: 03451 55 55 50

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