Find out changes to our services and advice in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus: Cremations and burials

We have had to make changes to our guidelines in relation to funeral services (cremations and burials) across Perth and Kinross.

We understand and appreciate that a number of these changes will be difficult for what is a personal dedication to a loved one, and we hope that they do not have to be in place for long. However, these changes are being made for the protection of the families, as well as Funeral Directors and Council staff, and will be in place at all crematoria across the country, following new national guidance.

Please note: Singing in Crematoria - as a result of communication sent to Scottish Government by members of the clergy, we have been asked to inform you that 'scientific and medical advice around how activities such as singing and chanting can be managed safely is still being developed. This activity should be avoided at this stage.' Further guidance will follow on shortly.

From August 8, 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. 

There are some exceptions to wearing a face covering at a funeral service. If you are the person leading the funeral service, or if you are providing a eulogy, you can remove your face covering, but you must remain at least 2 metres away from others or have a protective screen between you and others.

If it is not possible for the person leading the funeral service or providing the eulogy to remain at least 2 metres away from others or to use a protective screen, they must wear a face covering.

Please respect these guidelines, as they are for your safety and wellbeing.

Services at Perth Crematorium

Guidelines from the Scottish Government state that only immediate family should attend funeral services . This means spouse/partner, parents/carers, brothers/sisters and children. We hope soon to offer a webcam service so that other mourners can watch online.

In addition, family members who live in different houses should sit at least 2 metres apart from each other in the chapel.

Families are politely requested to wait outside the building.

Hymn books have been removed from our chapel. Should families have Orders of Service or hymn sheets these should be circulated by yourselves

Instead of a collection box, families should make charitable donations online.

Visitors with COVID-19 or self-isolating should not attend any service under any circumstances, to protect those in attendance

We request that there is no shaking of hands and we also regretfully advise against making other physical contact such as embracing.

To reduce the number of visitors to the Crematorium, we ask families to use the CD player onsite rather than an organist.

All visitors/family should enter through the front door next to the family room drop of point. Hand sanitisers are available and must be used at this entrance.

Funeral directors, officiants and the family should aim to arrive at the crematorium 5 - 10 mins before their service. We would also request social distancing from arrival.

Burials

Families will be asked not to carry coffins. We would advise only immediate family to attend the graveside service: please note this would not include Ministers/Celebrants.

Families will be asked not to backfill the grave with soil as this will be undertaken by staff after the funeral service.

Only burial staff and Funeral Directors will lower the coffin into the grave using web straps.

Mourners are asked to remain away from the graveside while the staff move the flower board into position and our staff move to safe distance.

There will be a delay in processing memorial stone applications, for which we apologise.

Book of Remembrance

We have moved the book of Remembrance into the family room. The book can now be viewed through the window, as displayed every weekend and public holiday. We have also withdrawn the use of the family room to insure compliance with the current social distancing guidance.

Please attend on the appropriate day to view the Book of Remembrance as we will be unavailable to turn the pages as we normally do.

We offer our sincere apologies for the temporary removal of this service and would request your patience and understanding during the current situation.