Finding the right space and place

If cremation is your preferred option, the main decision you have is which crematorium to choose. This decision is usually influenced by size of service space available, your preferred location and how you would like to order the day’s events. For example would you like a direct and simple cremation with few or no attendees or a traditional service followed by a gather afterwards? There is no right or wrong rule but the order of events may help determine which venue fits best.

Watch our family’s guide to the day of a cremation. The order of events is a guide to help anyone arranging a funeral. Depending on the restrictions at the time, limits to attendees, social distancing and masks may be required. Your funeral director will be on hand to carry out any particular wishes you have, both before and on the day, working within the relevant guidelines


Borders Crematoria

In the Borders, there is a crematorium near Melrose. It has one chapel that will seat 100 people, ample car parking and also offers full disableld access.

Houndwood Crematoria

Near Eyemouth, Berwickshire, Houndwood Crematoria is a converted church which can accommodate 120 people.


Mortonhall Crematorium

on the south side of the city has two chapels - the Pentland Chapel, which can seat about 60 people and the Main Chapel, which can seat 200 or more people.

Warriston Crematorium

On the north east side of the city has two chapels - the Cloister Chapel and the Lorimer Chapel. The Cloister Chapel can seat about 60 people and the Lorimer chapel can seat around 200 people. Both chapels have an organ and are accessible for wheelchair users.

Seafield Crematorium

On the east side of the city has one chapel, which will seat about 150 people. The chapel has an organ and is accessible for wheelchair users.

Urns & keepsakes

Arrange a Funeral FAQs

Is there a cost difference between a burial and cremation?

The choice varies depending on which part of the country you live in. Urban areas have good access to crematoria but burial ground spaces are increasingly limited. Conversely, rural areas have plenty ground but are further away from crematoria. The costs vary between the regions so call us to find out what the options are for your area of choice.

With some travel restrictions still in place, we may have to arrange a small private funeral and postpone our celebration of life. Can you help with celebration arrangements at a later date?

We can assist with all elements of event planning for a funeral including celebrations after - whether they are on the same day or at later date. Whether you want a simple tribute or an extravagant memorial event, we're here to help you and your loved ones.

Are we limited to the number of cars?

You can have as many cars as you like. Our fleet of limousines can be fitted with screens to comply with any social distancing restrictions set by the Government which will continually evolve. We can arrange as many cars, and even arrange alternative transport from luxury coaches to more individual alternatives should you require it.

I am worried about thanking everyone who attends...

We can help. As there are limits on who can attend a funeral, we offer online obituaries where people can leave online tributes and messages of condolence. You can provide details about the funeral before or add messages of thanks after and then link from your own social media. In the future, when larger numbers are once again allowed, we can provide attendance cards for mourners to sign or leave a message of condolence. We collate them for you after the funeral so you can focus on saying goodbye.

How long should we keep the ashes?

There's no right or wrong answer. Retaining ashes is a very personal thing. Some people want to scatter them at a later date, others can't bear to part with them. We can help by providing practical storage advice and guiding you to make the decision that is most fitting for you and your family.

Can we take the flowers home after the funeral?

You can keep or leave, all or part, of any tribute just as you please. Often a memento is taken by family members or sometimes sprays can be left at the graveside. There is no "rule".