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Refurbishment of Aberdeen Crematorium
Aberdeen Crematorium is being refurbished, so the chapels will be closed to the public from June until October 2018. Find out more about how you can make alternative arrangements for funeral services during this time.
Aberdeen Crematorium is situated in a tranquil woodland location about four miles west of the city centre.
The crematorium office is open:
- Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 4.30pm
- Saturday: 9am to 12 noon
- Sunday: closed
It is preferable that all items of jewellery be removed from the body before the coffin is conveyed to the crematorium. It will not be possible to recover any items of jewellery after the coffin has been received at the crematorium.
For a typical ceremony the mourners will normally gather at the crematorium in the waiting room or close to the entrance of the chapel a few minutes before the appointed time of the funeral service. There is an option for the coffin to be received at the private entrance at the rear and placed on the catafalque prior to mourners entering the chapel. If it is to be received at the front entrance and the principal mourners are ready to proceed, the coffin will be conveyed into the chapel by the funeral director unless family bearers are used by request.
The coffin will be placed on the catafalque and mourners will be directed to their seats after which the service will proceed. At the moment during the service when the committal of the body takes place the coffin may be obscured from view by curtains. At the end of the service the mourners leave the chapel and may then inspect the floral tributes.
The reception of the coffin in the committal room and its introduction into a cremator can be witnessed by arrangement with the Crematorium Manager. It is preferable to advise the funeral director of these requirements as early as possible when making the funeral arrangements.
Cremation will usually be commenced shortly after the service. The coffin is cremated along with the body. Cremated remains or ashes are removed from the cremator only when no further reduction is possible. The remains are withdrawn into a cooling area where any metals are removed and then placed in a suitable and carefully identified container to await dispersal or collection in accordance with the applicant’s instructions.
Ashes may be scattered in the Garden of Remembrance at Aberdeen Crematorium or in the Garden of Remembrance adjoining the Hall of Remembrance on Kaimhill Road. This can be with or without family in attendance and be done by crematorium staff or by the family.
Ashes may be taken away by the family to scatter elsewhere (remember to consult the owner of the land). They may also be interred in a grave at a cemetery.
Memorial Chapel and Garden
Both the chapel and garden are situated just after the entrance and exit junction within the crematorium grounds.
Granite memorial plaques are displayed within the chapel, on the external walls of the garden and on memorial planters. Visitors will find wooden memorial seats spread throughout these peaceful gardens.
Garden of Remembrance
Bereaved families and visitors will find the extensive garden of remembrance tranquil and pleasant.
The public are requested not to leave tribute vases or memorials at the garden of remembrance but instead place cut flowers in the large stone vases supplied by the Council. These items, if left in the garden will be removed from time to time in order to assist in the maintenance of the grounds.
The garden is open 9am to 4pm daily.
During a funeral service family floral tributes will be displayed, as far as possible, on top of the coffin. If there are a large number of tributes many may have to be left in the floral display areas which are situated at the rear of the chapels.
Following the service, floral tributes will be placed in the floral area and remain on display for a minimum of five days, after which time they will be removed at the discretion of the cremation authority for disposal, unless otherwise instructed. These floral tributes can be placed where the ashes or cremated remains have been scattered, however they will be removed once they deteriorate and become withered.
Aberdeen Crematorium does not accept responsibility for floral tributes left at the crematorium following a funeral service or placed in the Garden of Remembrance.
Book of Remembrance
The Book of Remembrance is displayed in the viewing room adjacent to the crematorium office and can be accessed via the central waiting area. The book has a separate page for each day of the year and the pages are turned on a daily basis so that entries are visible on the anniversary of the date of death. The crematorium staff can help if you wish to view any other pages of the book.
Entries can be made in the book at either Kaimhill or Hazlehead. Opening times are:
- Monday to Saturday: 9am to 4pm
- Sunday and Public Holidays: 11am to 4pm
- Closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day
Contact Telephone: Kaimhill 01224 313800, Hazlehead 01224 740722
The crematorium has parking for 142 cars with spaces for disabled visitors.
A shuttle bus service operates from Aberdeen Royal Infirmary via Woodend terminus to Aberdeen Crematorium. Details including the scheduled timetable can be found below:
Alternatively, First Aberdeen operate a scheduled bus service to the Woodend terminus opposite the gate to Woodend Hospital.
01224 740 722
Business Hub 3
Ground Floor South
03000 200 292
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