Christmas Carol Remembrance Service – Saturday 5th December 11am

Christmas Carol Remembrance Service – Saturday 5th December at 11am

 

Whilst our Christmas service this year cannot be held in the traditional manner we do intend to provide words of comfort and healing through a webcast service.

 

The Rev. Mark Johnstone will once more preside over our Christmas service, supported by a singer from Glasgow Cathedral Choir, via a webcast which will be accessible both on our website and also that of Glasgow Cathedral from 11am on Saturday 5th December onwards. Should you wish a token memorial bauble to be placed on our commemorative Christmas tree, please phone either Glasgow Crematorium on 0141 946 2895 or our administration office on 0141 221 4759. Our staff will be pleased to assist in this act of dedication to your loved one.

 

From everyone at Glasgow Crematorium, please take care and stay safe and well this Christmas.

Obitus webcasting facilities

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Obitus webcasting facility from Monday 16th November 2020.

By providing online access to funeral services, we hope it will enable those who are unable to attend the service in person to feel more included in the funeral event.

The service will be professionally recorded and each service can be viewed via a unique PIN (personal identification number) either in real time or, if stated, over the next 28 days. It is also possible to request a commemorative DVD of the service should you wish. Please consider and then discuss your funeral preferences, perhaps including this new option, with your funeral director to ensure that your loved one’s service is arranged according to your exact requirements.

Cost options are located on our Costs page.

Covid-19 update – Alteration to Service Provision October 2020

Covid-19 update: Alteration to Service Provision

We have adopted a number of temporary changes which enable us to provide funeral services with the utmost of care and dignity, whilst remaining compliant with the pandemic guidelines issued by the Scottish Government and the Federation.

In line with the most recent advice, our external speaker system is suspended with the aim of preventing large gatherings outside the Crematorium.

There has been no change to the number of attendees at funeral services, which remains at a maximum of 20. All mourners attending a service must be free of Covid symptoms. If anyone who has tested positive for Covid wishes to attend the funeral service of a loved one, we ask that the service is arranged for a date after the end of the two weeks self-isolation period.

Regrettably the carrying-in of coffins continues to be suspended in line with the Scottish Government’s requirements to maintain social distancing. Unfortunately, singing in the chapel is not permissible at the current time however many families have found comfort in spending a communal time of fellowship and personal reflection, or in listening to a piece of appropriate prose.

On a more positive note, we are launching a webcasting facility imminently and we are also moving forward with our plans to provide on-line viewing access to our Books of Remembrance. Further information will be made available in due course.

 

Thank you for your continued cooperation during these difficult times.

 

Covid 19 Update

We have adopted a number of temporary changes which enable us to provide funeral services with the utmost of care and dignity, whilst remaining compliant with the pandemic guidelines issued by the Scottish Government and the Federation.

 

In line with the most recent advice, our external speaker system is suspended with the aim of preventing large gatherings outside the Crematorium.

 

There has been no change to the number of attendees at funeral services, which remains at a maximum of 20. All mourners attending a service must be free of Covid symptoms. If anyone who has tested positive for Covid wishes to attend the funeral service of a loved one, we ask that the service is arranged for a date after the end of the two weeks self-isolation period.

 

Regrettably the carrying-in of coffins continues to be suspended in line with the Scottish Government’s requirements to maintain social distancing. Unfortunately, singing in the chapel is not permissible at the current time however many families have found comfort in spending a communal time of fellowship and personal reflection, or in listening to a piece of appropriate prose.

 

On a more positive note, we are launching a webcasting facility imminently and we are also moving forward with our plans to provide on-line viewing access to our Books of Remembrance. Further information will be made available in due course.

 

Thank you for your continued cooperation during these difficult times.

 

Covid 19 Update

We have adopted a number of temporary changes which enable us to provide funeral services with the utmost of care and dignity, whilst remaining compliant with the pandemic guidelines issued by the Scottish Government and the Federation.

 

In line with the most recent advice, our external speaker system is suspended with the aim of preventing large gatherings outside the Crematorium.

 

There has been no change to the number of attendees at funeral services, which remains at a maximum of 20. All mourners attending a service must be free of Covid symptoms. If anyone who has tested positive for Covid wishes to attend the funeral service of a loved one, we ask that the service is arranged for a date after the end of the two weeks self-isolation period.

 

Regrettably the carrying-in of coffins continues to be suspended in line with the Scottish Government’s requirements to maintain social distancing. Unfortunately, singing in the chapel is not permissible at the current time however many families have found comfort in spending a communal time of fellowship and personal reflection, or in listening to a piece of appropriate prose.

 

On a more positive note, we are launching a webcasting facility imminently and we are also moving forward with our plans to provide on-line viewing access to our Books of Remembrance. Further information will be made available in due course.

 

Thank you for your continued cooperation during these difficult times.

 

125 Years

Today marks the 125th anniversary of the first cremation performed in Scotland at Glasgow Crematorium on 17 April 1895. Scotland’s first crematorium opened during a time of cholera, typhoid and diphtheria. On this anniversary the nation is sadly once more witnessing substantial loss from a devastating pandemic. The Scottish Cremation Society is part of Glasgow’s heritage – a tribute to inspirational local design and engineering – and a cherished place where we can celebrate life and reflect on our losses and remember.

The Society has operated for 125 years with a testimony of empathy and care. We offer our strength and experienced professional services in this time of need. Although we have adapted our funeral services in order to comply with official COVID-19 guidance, our compassionate team continues to provide attentiveness, comfort and support to bereaved families who are faced with the extra challenges of self-isolation and social distancing at a sad time.

We shall endure together.

 

Changes to operations

We regret that for the duration of the COVID crisis we are no longer able to carry coffins into the chapel in the traditional way. We are now asking funeral directors to arrive at the double doors at the front of the chapel and place the coffin on the lowered catafalque, which we will raise to the chapel level prior to the immediate family entering the chapel for the funeral service. Unfortunately this means it is only funeral director’s staff who will be able to carry the coffin.

We appreciate this will be very upsetting for families and ask that they please understand we are implementing this policy to keep everyone safe during these unprecedented times.

At the same time we can no longer advise extended family and friends to congregate outside to hear the service over the speakers.  This has led to larger numbers coming to services and goes against public health advice.

Book Of Remembrance

It is with deep regret that during the Covid-19 virus and the current ongoing public health concerns at this time, we have taken the decision to temporarily close access to the garden and book of remembrance.

We apologise for any upset this may cause.  In the meantime, please use the Contact option, requesting an entry be sent to you via email.  

We will be happy to change the book to your requested date for viewing once the memorial area has re-opened. 

 

 

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 guidance

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to develop daily, we are doing everything we can to ensure that we keep our staff and visitors safe while continuing to deliver the high quality, personal service you are used to.

We understand that the evolving situation will present challenges and we want to reassure you that we are here to help you. Following the latest advice from the UK Government, we have put in place measures to ensure that we can continue to operate safely and protect staff and visitors, especially at-risk groups, by avoiding large gatherings of people, avoiding unnecessary physical contact and practicing good hand hygiene. As attended funerals are continuing for now, as normally as possible, it is vital we take into account all of the guidelines issued by the Government for minimising the risk of transmission. You will notice we have implemented measures at the Crematorium to safeguard our staff and visitors, including:

·        We are encouraging families to kindly wait in their cars, or outside in the fresh air, prior to services commencing – rather than using the Old Chapel waiting room.

·        We have removed Hymn books from both chapels and we would discourage the use of printed Orders of Service for the time being.

·        Families are welcome to record the service on their own tablet or mobile phone, provided the Celebrant or Minister makes an announcement at the commencement of the service to ensure they have everyone’s consent.

·        We would prefer to avoid handling vases of flowers in the Book of Remembrance area and, as an alternative, we would be happy for you to leave a small posy, or single flower, instead.

·        If families are unable to visit our Books of Remembrance on the anniversary of their loved one’s passing, they are very welcome to do so in the future at a safe time.

·        Our two disabled toilets are open and available for use.

In terms of bookings, our office at 25 Bothwell Street, Glasgow, is still open and we have asked funeral directors to leave Cremation Papers, in a sealed envelope, in the box at the front door – and to call us to advise when they have done so in order that we can retrieve the papers. For the time being, our cut-off time remains as 10am on the day before the service and we will alert you if we envisage this changing.

If our resourcing levels are compromised due to illness or inability to work, we will refocus our team as necessary to deliver our service. This will mean prioritisation of workloads and we will keep those affected updated, whilst making every effort to mitigate the impact should this situation arise.

We are closely following advice from the Government and the Federation and we will provide further updates in response to this.

Thank you very much for your patience and thoughtful suggestions at this worrying time. Should you wish to discuss any component of your funeral service, our experienced staff will be pleased to assist further. You can contact the office on 0141 221 4759 or the Crematorium on 0141 946 2895.