Burials and cremations

The day-to-day administration and maintenance of the records for burials and cremations taking place in Fife is the responsibility of Fife Council's Bereavement Services.

It is our aim to provide a personal and respectful burial and cremation service.

The charges for burial services are as follows:

  • Purchase of a New Lair - £623.00
  • Purchase of a Casket Lair (for cremated remains) - £262.00
  • Interment of an Adult (16 years & over) - £600.00
  • Interment of a Child (Stillborn & up to & including 15 years) - No Charge
  • Interment of Cremated Remains - £200.00
  • Dispersal of Ashes (beneath turf) - £68.00

The term "buying a grave space" is often used and can be misunderstood as you do not actually own the land itself.  The ownership of the cemetery land remains with the Council.  What is actually being purchased is the Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial in a grave space for a term of 99 years.

As a registered owner of the Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial, you have the automatic right to be buried in the grave.  You may also allow others to be buried in the grave (space permitting).

The Council runs two crematoriums, one in Dunfermline and one in Kirkcaldy.

The costs of our services are:

  • Cremation Fee (Adult 16 years & over): £663.00
  • Extended / Additional Service Times:  £332.00
  • Cremation Fee (Still Born & up to & including 15 years): No Charge
  • Disposal of Ashes from other Crematoria: £65.00

Our opening hours are:

Mon - Fri: 9.00am - 5.00pm  (office closed lunchtime 1.00pm - 1.30pm, access to Books of Remembrance still available)
Sat.: 9.00am - 12.00 noon
Sun. 11.00am - 1.00pm

The gardens are open at all times.

The decision on whether to have a burial or cremation will depend on a number of factors such as the person's own wishes, the views of the executor, the wishes of the next of kin and the costs involved.

Please see the publications section on this page for more information on burials and cremations, including FAQs, funeral pre-arrangements, using a funeral director, coffins and alternatives, burials in private land, cemetary memorials, and the recycling of metals following cremations.

Funerals can be expensive but you may be able to get help if you or your partner are receiving one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support,
  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance,
  • Working Families Tax Credit,
  • Housing Benefit,
  • Council Tax Benefit,
  • Disabled Persons Tax Credit;

You can find out more information on the Scottish Government website, and you will have to complete and return a form to jobcentre plus.

If you require any further information please call the Bereavement Services staff on the telephone numbers listed at the bottom of this page.  Our staff will be happy to answer any questions that you may have and to decide what is best for you if you choose not to use the services of your local funeral director.

Bereavement Services Central
Tel: 01592 583524
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT

Bereavement Services East
Tel: 01334 659336
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT

Bereavement Services West
Tel: 01383 602335
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT

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