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 intend to spend on the funeral.
- Where and when the funeral should be held.
- The type of coffin or casket.
- Whether to have flowers or cars.
- Whether to provide catering for those attending.
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.
Affordable Funeral Package
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.
Arranging the Funeral Yourself
You can arrange a funeral yourself without a Funeral Director. You will be required to contact Stirling Council's Cemeteries Service directly to arrange a suitable date and time for interment within our Cemeteries.
Interment within Stirling Council Cemeteries
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.
During the Interment
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.
After the Interment
Following the burial, it is common for the ground to settle within the first fortnight. This process is caused by soil conditions and it is perfectly natural. We understand that it can be visually upsetting and can cause distress to family members visiting the grave. For this reason, we do try to be as vigilant as possible in inspecting all recent lairs for settlement and repairing these immediately. Please contact the Cemeteries Service with details of the lair and we will arrange ground consolidation as soon as possible.
Memorial wreaths and tributes will be uplifted two to three weeks after interment. Should you wish to keep any of these items, you should remove them before 14 days of the date of interment and advise the Cemeteries Service you have done so within the same period.