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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.

From 9th August 2021

  • The legal requirement for physical distancing restrictions have be removed. However, it is advised to keep a safe distance from other households.
  • The limits on gatherings have been removed. This means there will be no maximum cap on the number of attendees at funeral services or post-funeral gathering.
  • Face coverings must still be worn in all the same indoor settings, unless exempt.
  • We will continue to provide free web streaming of cremation services until March 2022. The charge for webcasting services will start from 1 April 2022.
  • Family may hold the cords/place flowers on the coffin at a burial.
  • 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 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.
  • The Books of Remembrance at both crematoria will open. Face coverings must be worn. Flowers are permitted. The Books of Remembrance can be viewed online anytime via the Fife Council website - Books of Remembrance.

Our offices are open to the public.  Face coverings must be worn and we ask that you use the hand sanitiser provided.

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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