Funeral Industry News

  • Carrying The Cords And Coffin

    7th October 2020 by

    Prior to the pandemic, family members could participate in the lowering or carrying of the coffin at the crematorium or the burial ground. They were routinely assisted and directed by funeral directors and/ or their staff, or at burial grounds, burial ground staff, in doing so. As experienced professionals, funeral directors, their staff, or the...

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  • Price Adjustments Of Some Lyreco PPE Stock

    25th September 2020 by

    The Scottish Government has worked with Lyreco to reduce the prices for Type IIr masks and aprons. This reduction in price will be visible on the webshop from 24 September. The prices charged by Lyreco are driven by market conditions – both where and when products have been sourced. Some prices on the framework may...

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  • Supplementary Form For Cremation Applications – Update

    17th September 2020 by

    On 3 April, we blogged about the introduction of the supplementary form that could be used by funeral directors when the signature of the applicant could not be obtained. The only reason for using the supplementary form is “unable to obtain a signature”.  It was always the expectation that the supplementary form would only be...

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  • Funeral Services Remain Limited To 20 People, But Wakes To Take Place With 20 Attendees In Regulated Venues

    10th September 2020 by

    Funeral Services In her statement to Parliament today (10 September), the First Minister confirmed that there is no change to the current funeral service restrictions. Attendance remains capped at 20 for both indoor and outdoor funeral services. Those attending funerals continue to be subject to physical distancing measures to enable a 2 metre distance to...

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  • Inspector of Cremation Annual Report Published Today

    7th September 2020 by

    The Inspector of Cremation’s annual report was published today (7 September) and is available to read at this link. The report provides Scottish Ministers with a resume of duties the Inspector undertook during the period 1 April 2019-31 March 2020.

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  • Funeral Directors Asked Not To Request Medical Certificates Of Cause Of Death

    1st September 2020 by

    Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (Form 11) and Certificate of Registration of Death (Form 14) The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) (also known a Form 11) is a legal document. Registered medical practitioners involved in the care of the deceased prior to death and/or who have access to their clinical records, are...

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  • No Changes To Funeral Service Restrictions On 20 August Review

    20th August 2020 by

    In her statement to Parliament today (20 August), the First Minister did not announce any changes to the current funeral service restrictions. Current restrictions remain in place, which includes: a maximum of 20 people allowed to attend a funeral service at both indoor/outdoor venues, with face coverings mandatory at indoor venues (with some exceptions). The...

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  • Test And Protect Now Mandatory For The Hospitality Sector

    14th August 2020 by

    The First Minister announced that from today (14 August) Test and Protect is now mandatory for all hospitality businesses. The First Minister said: “[I]t is now mandatory for hospitality businesses, including cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars to collect customer and visitor contact details… This includes [the contact details of] customers and staff but also people...

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  • Face Coverings Made Compulsory At Funeral Services

    7th August 2020 by

    We have previously stated in our funeral services guidance that funeral service attendees should seriously consider wearing a face covering, particularly if in an enclosed space. From 8 August, wearing a face covering at an indoor funeral service will no longer be advised, it will be compulsory. Everyone attending an indoor funeral service will be...

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  • Test And Protect Guidance And The Funeral Industry

    29th July 2020 by

    Scotland’s ‘Test and Protect – Multi-sector guidance on collection of customer and visitor contact details – July 2020’ was published on 14 July and came into effect on 15 July. This Test and Protect guidance applies across a number of sectors and services. This includes cremation authorities, burial authorities, places of worship and funeral director...

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