The Funeral Service

Planning a funeral for a loved one can be a difficult and upsetting time and there are many personal decisions to make.  We aim to help you with the funeral of your choice to suit your family requirements whether a full church service, burial, cremation or one of the non-religious options.

BURIAL

Most cemeteries within the Scottish Borders are operated and maintained by Scottish Borders Council.  We will attend to all communication and paperwork, whether an existing grave is being opened or a new grave being purchased.  The Funeral Director will direct proceedings on the day, in the cemetery.

WOODLAND BURIAL

Due to the increase in demand there are two burial sites in the Scottish Borders, one within Shawfield Cemetery, Selkirk and one at Hundy Mundy Wood, just outside Kelso, near Mellerstain.  They are quite different from a cemetery where there are no traditional memorials or headstones to mark graves.  We would recommend a client to visit the sites prior to making this decision.

CREMATION

Borders Crematorium, Melrose sits in the shadow of the Eildon Hills and offers a local choice for the communities of the Scottish Borders and beyond.  It has a seating capacity for 100 people with additional standing space for a further 50.  An organist is present to play requested hymns or music of your choice.  A modern computerised music system can provide almost any music requested and a facility can be utilised to record or live webcast the service.

The services at Borders Crematorium start on the hour from 9am – 4pm.  Saturday services are available by request.

Borders crematorium offer a reduced  cremation fee  rate for  the following
9.00am weekday  “no service” cremation
9.30am weekday, where  the main family can be present  but no service is held

* there are specific terms and conditions that must be adhered to for these reduced fee services

We offer a reduced fee ” Simple Cremation” funeral package to tie in with the above, price on application 

Ashes will be ready for collection the following day, 24 hours after the service.  We can deliver the ashes to you alternatively you can collect them from us when you feel ready.    It may take time on decide the final resting place for the ashes.  

Borders Crematorium have a Garden of Remembrance offering a beautiful, tranquil setting to lay your loved one to rest and they are able to provide families with a range of memorials ( headstone, tree or marker plaque)

Religious or Non religious

We work closely with local clergy, Celebrants (religious content can be included within the service) and Humanists (non religious) to fulfil your wishes.  The information we gather will be forwarded to them and an appointment will be arranged for them to visit and discuss arrangements for the service with you.