A funeral can only take place once the death has been registered.  The person who has passed may already have a Funeral Plan or have left instructions detailing their wishes. 

If these have not been left you will have to decide:

  • Whether to have a funeral service.
  • Whether the body should be buried or cremated. 
  • Where the interment will take place. 
  • How much you can spend on the funeral.
  • Where and when the funeral should be held.

For all information on funerals, cremations and lairs see the cemeteries pages

Funeral Director

It is most likely that you will appoint a Funeral Director to assist in making funeral arrangements.  It is advisable to check if the Funeral Director is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) or The National Society or Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF)

A Funeral Director will contact Stirling Council directly to arrange interment within our Cemeteries.  

Funerals can be expensive and can sometimes place a significant financial burden on a family already grieving for a loved one.  

In recognition of this, Stirling Council's Cemeteries Service, working with specialist partners, can now offer an alternative approach; a Direct Funeral that is affordable, dignified and respectful.

To book an Interment

If you have appointed a Funeral Director they will contact Stirling Council directly to book an interment and complete the required paperwork.

If you have chosen to arrange the funeral yourself, you will have to contact the Cemeteries Service to book the interment.  You will then receive an application form which you will have to complete and submit, along with the appropriate fee, no later than 48 hours prior to the internment.

The Council will be represented on the day by our Cemeteries Operatives.  They will be clearly identifiable; dressed in blue suits.  They will meet the cortege at the cemetery gates and ensure safe and unimpeded access to the graveside where they will assist during the internment.

Upon completion of the burial service, our Operatives will backfill the grave ensuring that the area is neatly turfed over and making sure that any tributes are arranged appropriately upon the grave.

A will or testament is a legal declaration by which a person, the testator, names one or more persons to manage their estate and provides for the transfer of their property after their death.

If you are in any doubt as to whether or not you should make a will, you should consult a solicitor.  If you do not have a solicitor then Citizens Advice Scotland can provide you with a list of solicitors.



Last updated: Friday, September 17, 2021 12:40 PM