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Choosing the Type of Funeral

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Whilst there are many options available to you when arranging a funeral, there are no right or wrong answers.

Of course, we understand that it’s a lot to deal with, but don’t worry, we’ll be on hand to help advise and guide you every step of the way.

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Burial or Cremation?

This is typically the first decision you’ll make. Often the person tasked with arranging the funeral will be aware of the deceased’s wishes and it’s as straightforward as honouring them.

On rarer occasions, where nothing has been specified and there are no religious requirements to be observed, it’s simply a case of choosing whatever you feel is most appropriate.

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Choosing a location

Burials take place in a cemetery or churchyard of your choosing. If you let us know your preference, we’ll contact the site and take care of everything for you. For cremations, we use nine crematoriums across the east, west and south of Scotland.

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The Service

Again, many people leave instructions for what they want from their funeral service. Music to be played, poems to read, religious or spiritual, where the funeral tea should held. That kind of thing. 

f you’ve got a good idea of the type of service they wanted, we can assist you it making sure it all comes together as planned. If you haven’t, we’ll sit down and talk to you about the person and your options to help you plan an entirely appropriate occasion.

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Choosing the date

How soon you hold the funeral is up to you.

You might want it carried out quickly, or you might want it to take place at a later date – perhaps to give relatives time to travel from overseas or to give you more time to make the arrangements.

It’s your choice, and we’ll work with you to find a suitable date for everyone.


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Making it personal 

Flowers, music, readings, team colours, special vehicles like horse drawn carriages or motorcycles. even bespoke coffins. 

There are many ways we can help you create a funeral that is as unique as the person you’ve lost. Ask your dedicated funeral arranger about personalising the occasion and we’ll strive to make your requests a reality.

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It can be difficult to know where to start with flowers. Traditional wreaths, bespoke arrangements, something more subtle and understated. 

Even no flowers at all and making a donation to a requested charity instead. 

It’s often a very personal choice and one we’ll be happy to discuss with you in more detail to help you make the right decision for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:

A direct cremation (also known as an unattended funeral) is for those who would prefer a straightforward funeral. It’s different to a traditional funeral as there’s no funeral service and you will be unable to be present at the cremation.

If you require assistance towards the cost of the funeral there is a ‘Funeral Support Payment‘, this could help pay for funeral costs if you live in Scotland. It usually will not cover the full cost of the funeral but it could help pay for some costs.

Every funeral is unique, so costs will vary depending on your wishes.

We will always provide you with an estimate for your consideration, we can then adjust this if required.

We have 16 offices across Edinburgh and through the central belt of Scotland, and have been looking after funerals since 1927. We’re not part of the Co-op Group, who are based in Manchester. We the largest independent Co-operative in Scotland.

You can buy one of our set cremation plans online, or you can pop into one of our offices to have a chat with one of our friendly team who will talk through all the options available.

We’re available 24 hours a day to assist you on the telephone on 0800 996 1927. We also have 16 funeral offices which are open from 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday. You can also email us at

We’re proud that Thomas Brown Funerals in Broxburn, who were founded in 1904, are part of the Scotmid family.

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