Arranging a Funeral

The following information is provided as a guideline to help you with your funeral arrangements in St Mary's Church.

It tells you some of the things you have to do, and matters that need to be considered. Many of these can be done through the Funeral Director.

However, it is very important that you contact the Parish Priest as soon as possible before making any arrangements with the Funeral Director. You should then contact a Funeral Director.

You should the contact a Funeral Director. The following are locally available:

• Ian Brown, Funeral Services, 101 Lanark Road, Carstairs 01555 870287
• Co-operative Funeralcare, 22 Bannatyne Street, Lanark, 01555 666644
• Henry Dorricott Funeral Services, 10 Woodstock Road, Lanark, 01555 666620
• Andrew Ironside Funeral Services, 2 High Street, Biggar, 01899 220602

All offer a 24-hour service and prefer to be called as soon as possible after the death has occurred. Do not wait until morning before contacting them.

If death occurs in a hospital or nursing home, the doctor there will issue a Medical Certificate stating the cause of death. In some cases the family doctor will do this from his or her surgery. The nursing staff will be able to advise. Sometimes when the death is sudden or unexplained, it is reported to the Procurator Fiscal. When the Fiscal’s investigations are complete, you will be notified and issued with a Death Certificate.

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