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Service Update

Temporary closure of Dunfermline Crematorium for essential works

Work scheduled to begin week commencing Monday 7th June 2021 is programmed to take around 12 weeks to complete.

While the crematorium is closed, the Garden of Remembrance and office facility will continue to operate as normal. Appointments will continue to be offered for families wishing to scatter their loved one’s ashes in the Garden however this may be restricted to certain days each week.

Dunfermline has 2 cremators, both over 25 years old and both need to be replaced along with the associated mercury abatement equipment. For this work to be carried out, a complete shutdown of the crematorium for cremation services will be necessary.

As at Kirkcaldy the new cremators will enable Dunfermline Crematorium to accept bariatric deaths for cremation.

Coronavirus Covid-19 update to services

Coronavirus restrictions at Fifes cemeteries and crematoria have been relaxed, in line with guidance provided by the Scottish Government.

These measures are applied following guidance provided by the Scottish Government, and are taken to minimise risk to attendees, funeral directors, officiants, and service staff involved in services.

From 19th June 2021

  • The restriction of 200 mourners applies to attendees at crematoria and cemetery services. Capacity restrictions are in place for access to the Crematoria Chapel due to 1m physical distancing rules, 80 attendees are the maximum that can be accommodated within the Chapels at Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline crematoria.
  • The external speakers are in operation. Please respect 1m physical distancing rules.
    (Restriction of 200 mourners per service apply to the combined number inside and outside the chapel)
  • We will continue to provide free web streaming of cremation services until restrictions are no longer required.
  • Masks should still be worn at indoor venues.
  • Family may hold the cords/place flowers on the coffin at a burial. This should be kept to a minimum timeframe and 2m physical distancing should be observed as soon as these actions have been carried out.
  • A disclaimer/risk assessment should be provided by the Funeral Director where a family wishes to carry the coffin. This is to ensure a coffin is carried correctly and safely.
  • Test and Protect contact tracing is still be required. The introduction of a QR code has been used to assist in gathering this information prior to services beginning. If you can, please use this method as it is safer. Test and protect forms are available if required.
  • Communal singing can now take place at funeral services in Fife; however, all attendees must wear a facemask and maintain 2 metre physical distancing between family groups.
  • The Books of Remembrance at both crematoria will open, by appointment only, from Monday 5th July 2021. 20 minute appointments can be made Monday to Friday, during office opening times. Please contact the relevant office to book. An individual or small family is permitted in the room at any one time. Face coverings must be worn. Flowers are not permitted at this time. The Books of Remembrance can be viewed online anytime via the Fife Council website - Books of Remembrance.

Our offices opened with restricted access from Monday 7th June 2021.  Access is by appointment only for the collection of cremated remains and memorial keepsakes and plaques.

Frequently asked questions - Covid-19

Losing someone close to you can be very painful and after a significant loss, you may experience all kinds of emotions. Dealing with the practicalities that a death involves can seem very distressing and overwhelming.

Here you will find information that you may need to know in relation to a cremation or burial taking place, or if you need to organise one. It also gives details of options associated with the Service and in the time that follows.

We aim to provide a quality service that meets the needs of our customers. You have the right, under the Charter for the Bereaved, to request to inspect our records and to be shown around our premises. Prior notice for these sorts of requests is appreciated and helps us to avoid service disruptions.

A death should be registered as soon as possible after the death, and within eight days of the death.  The registration can be carried out by:

  • Any relative of the deceased, or;
  • Any person present at the death, or;
  • The deceased’s executor or other legal representative, or;
  • The occupier, at the time of death, of the premises where the death took place or;
  • Any other person having knowledge of the particulars to be registered.

Family history enquiries

We have been responsible for opening new cemeteries since the late 19th century and have also acquired the responsibility for older parish burial grounds records.  

Bereavement Services holds the records of public cemeteries and crematoria in Fife. The records consist of burial and crematoria registers.

Should you wish to find out information on the final resting place of your ancestors, please fill out a Family History Enquiry Form, (see related publications section below for this form).  This should be completed in full and returned to bereavement.services@fife.gov.uk

We will complete up to 2 family searches, per person, per month.

We currently do not charge a fee for this service.

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