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Service Update

From 8 August, wearing a face covering at an indoor funeral service will no longer be advised, it will be compulsory Everyone attending an indoor funeral service will be required by law to wear a face covering. This includes funeral services in crematoriums, funeral directors’ premises and places of worship.

The cap on numbers of attendees at indoor and outdoor funeral services remains at no more than 20 people, and less than 20 people if the 2m physical distancing rules are not able to be adhered to.

Coronavirus Covid-19 update to services

From Monday 29th June 2020 the number of attendees permitted at crematoria and cemetery services increased from 6 to 20.

The Scottish Government guidance on who should attend remains the same and states that it should only be household members of the person who has died and close family, if no family then it can be a friend of the person who has died can attend.

In all cases physical distancing and hygiene precautions must be observed.

We must follow government instructions and restrictions and take every precaution to stop the spread of Covid-19

The message is protection of yourself, your loved ones, your community and our national health service. We also ask that you protect our staff, funeral directors, officiants and organists.

Frequently asked questions - Covid-19

Our offices are closed to the public at this time, however some services will resume from Monday 29th June 2020.

The interment of cremated remains in cemeteries and the scattering of cremated remains with family in attendance at crematorium gardens will be resumed from Monday 29th June 2020.

To book an appointment for interment or scattering of cremated remains or for any other essential business, please contact us

e-mail: bereavement.services@fife.gov.uk

Telephone:

  • Dunfermline Crematorium       01383 602335
  • Kirkcaldy Crematorium            01592 583524

As a temporary measure, telephone lines will be close every Wednesday from 9am to 11am. This is to provide dedicated time for essential administrative work to be undertaken, and improve our customer service.

At this time, we will not be able to accommodate services such as collection of cremated remains by the family, family searches or pre-purchase of lairs.  We will resume these services as soon as guidance permits, and it is safe to do so.


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.service@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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