What will I need to do?
That will differ slightly depending on whether the person is being buried or cremated.
If they are to be buried but there is no lair, you will have to buy one. Fees will vary depending on where it is. If you are using a funeral director, they will be able to advise you about this, and will usually make the arrangements for you.
You must give your funeral director the Certificate of Registration of Death (Form 14) before the funeral can take place, which you will get when you register the death at the Registrar’s office.
You can get the address of the local registrar from a funeral director, the hospital, the doctor, the telephone book (under ‘Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages’) or from the following website: http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/registration/registering-a-death.
You will probably have to complete a burial form as well – which will include where the person is to be buried. You will be given this form by the funeral director, who will get it directly from the relevant burial authority.
If the person is to be cremated, you will need to give your funeral director the Certificate of Registration of Death (Form 14) and a cremation application form (Form A). You will be given this form by the funeral director. The funeral director can give you advice about completing Form A but you must fill it in yourself. When you have completed it the funeral director will take it to the crematorium on your behalf.
Form A will ask for some medical details, such as whether the person has a pacemaker or other similar device. These normally have to be removed before cremation – but your funeral director will ask you about this in any case.
You can choose what you want to happen with the ashes after a cremation. Your funeral director or the crematorium staff can explain to you what choices are available.