Glasgow City Council

Bereavement Services

What is Bereavement Services?

We provide the burial service in the 32 cemeteries and churchyards within the city boundaries as well as cremation services at Linn and Daldowie Crematoria.

Cremation services at Linn or Daldowie crematoria can cater for all needs and faith groups and there are 18 service times available daily on an hourly basis at each of these facilities.

Please note: As part of the works on the M8,M74,M73 upgrade, the access to Daldowie Crematorium will be restricted to pedestrian traffic only over the weekends 26 and 27 November and the 3 and 4 December. There will be access on foot to the grounds/gardens of remembrance and  the Book of Remembrance will be open from 09.00 to 12.00 on both Saturdays and then 11.00 to 16.00 on the two Sundays.

Arranging a Funeral?

Both Linn and Daldowie Crematoria have chapels designed to meet the needs of the bereaved but our cemeteries do not have a chapel or service room to hold services. As a result, the funeral services for burials are often held at a local church, chapel or funeral director's parlour before arriving at the cemetery with a short committal service at the cemetery thereafter. The choice of committal service at the crematorium should meet the wishes of the bereaved and this can be religious or secular (non-religious). The service can be conducted by anyone and not necessarily a minister or priest. Services at the crematorium are limited to one hour but this time includes arrival and departure from the building.

Service operating times

There are 18 regular services times available at both Linn and Daldowie Crematoria, the first two services each morning are 30mins in duration and the other services times between 09.45 and 16.00 each are for a period of 1 hour, this hour includes arrival, the service and departure from the chapel. There are 4 interment services available daily citywide and these are available between the hours of 09.00 and 14.30 Monday to Friday and 09.00 - 11.30 on Saturdays, services may be arranged out with these hours for both burial and cremation however this is subject to an additional charge, please see our fees and charges for details.

Music

The Vivedia System provides music, webcast and tributes for families and funeral directors at Linn and Daldowie Crematoria, this delivers services in partnership with bereavement professionals, and as such is unable to work directly with families. Please contact your funeral director or who will contact us on your behalf. We have access to a wide range of music libraries and can usually find almost any selection, in addition services can be recorded, webcast simultaneously and families can have access to the provision of visual tributes on the screens in each of our chapels. Musical accompaniment is provided free of charge but a small fee applies to webcasts, recordings and tributes.

Memorials - What you may choose

We have regulations governing the kind of memorials, inscriptions and ornamentation we will allow. Whilst local reputable memorials masons will be able to help, please check with us before making your choice.

Obtaining Permission
Before a memorial can be erected, written permission must be obtained from us and your memorial mason will help you with this.

Insuring Your Memorial

It is advisable to insure your memorial against accidental damage, vandalism and theft and to make sure the cover is effective as soon as the stone is fixed in the cemetery. The cost can be reasonable and is usually insignificant in comparison with the repair costs.

Book of Remembrance

A full page is dedicated to each day of the year and, as the days go by, the pages are turned so that the Book is always open at the appropriate page.

Entries can be of two, five or eight lines. Crests, badges, motifs or heraldic designs can be added to five or eight line entries to give added significance.

Please Note: The number of letters per line may not exceed 32 including figures.

The Book of Remembrance is in four volumes. If you wish to have the name of your loved one included in time for the first anniversary please check the submission dates below.

Submission Dates

Volume - January, February and March

1st October

Volume - April, May and June

1st January

Volume - July, August and September

1st April

Volume - October, November and December   

1st July


Digital Book of Remembrance

Improved access to the Book of Remembrance was the primary reason for development of the on-screen memorial, but it is far from the sole benefit. For each entry, as well as the inscription in the Book, it is possible to include up to four additional screens of text and/or photographs to produce a truly unique memory of your loved one.

The kind of information which might form the basis of additional screens includes photographs of the person(s) commemorated, a brief biography, a favourite verse or piece of prose, or photographs of significant places or occasions.

Tributes and Keepsakes

Decorative memorials are the perfect way to hold on to a small amount of your loved ones ashes and are popular for those wishing to share the ashes between friends and family.

The jewellery helps keep your loved ones physically close.

Memorial Rosebushes

To a great many people, the beauty of roses can recall treasured memories and suggest peace. With this in mind, memorial rose beds have been designed and planted with roses of exceptional quality, chosen for their colour and fragrance.

The scheme will provide for a rose bush and plaque for a period of five years. The charge quoted covers all maintenance for the period plus replacement should damage or theft occur.

As the end of the five year period approaches, reminders will be sent to the address on the application.

Opening times

Monday to Friday: 8.30 am until 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm until 4.30 pm

Saturday and Public Holidays: 9.00 am to 12.00 pm

Genealogy enquiries

All genealogical enquiries can be dealt with through the Archive Section at the Mitchell Library, they can be contacted on 0141 287 2910 or at archives@glasgowlife.org.uk

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