We’re investing almost £1.6 million in our crematoriums.
With work to replace the cremators at Kirkcaldy Crematorium almost complete, work will shortly begin at Dunfermline Crematorium.
The work carried out at Kirkcaldy allows all cremators to operate at the same time. This means that we will be able to carry out the same number of funerals even though Dunfermline will be closed for a short while to allow its cremators to be replaced. The work also means that although there will still be a size limit, we will now be able to support funerals for coffins that are much larger in size.
Liz Murphy, Bereavement Services Manager with Fife Council, said: “Dunfermline Crem has two cremators, both are over 25 years old and both need to be replaced. To allow us to do this work we have to shut the crematorium down completely for cremation services.
“The work at Kirkcaldy is almost finished so we’re planning on starting work at Dunfermline, providing everything goes to plan, the week starting Monday 7 June. We expect it’ll take around 12 weeks to complete.
“While Dunfermline Crematorium is closed, the Garden of Remembrance and office will be open as normal. We will also continue to offer appointment to families wishing to scatter their loved one’s ashes in the Garden. However, this may be restricted to certain days each week, but we will do our best to accommodate families.
“Crematorium staff normally based at Dunfermline will be temporarily based at Kirkcaldy Crematorium during the work unless they’re needed to carry out scattering duties at Dunfermline Crematorium.
“As required, where a cremation that would normally take place at Dunfermline is scheduled for Kirkcaldy Crematorium, arrangements are in place for transporting the ashes back to Dunfermline Crematorium Garden for scattering.
“We have also been in touch with local Funeral Directors to make them aware of the revised arrangements for the duration of the work.”
For more information on Bereavement Services please visit www.fife.gov.uk/bereavementservices