Burial or cremation?

Burial

Your main decision is which cemetery to use.  Wellogate is the main cemetery in Hawick and a plot can be purchased in advance if desired.  Wilton cemetery is now "full", burials in family plots are conducted where space allows.  There are also cemeteries at Denholm, Bedrule, Minto, Southdean, Hobkirk, Roberton, Teviothead, Castlewood, Ettleton, Castleton and Shawfield which has a woodland burial area as does Hundy Mundy Wood.

For information on the cost of purchasing ground and the cost of an interment, visit our burial costs page.

Cremation

If you are considering cremation, then the main decision is which crematorium to choose.

In the Borders, there is a crematorium near Melrose. It has one chapel that will seat 100 people, has an organ and is easily accessible for wheelchair users.

In Edinburgh there are three crematoria:

  • Mortonhall Crematorium on the south side of the city has two chapels - the Pentland Chapel, which can seat about 60 people and the Main Chapel, which can seat 200 or more people. Both chapels have an organ and are accessible for wheelchair users.
  • Warriston Crematorium on the north east side of the city has two chapels - the Cloister Chapel and the Lorimer Chapel. The Cloister Chapel can seat about 60 people and the Lorimer chapel can seat around 200 people. Both chapels have an organ and are accessible for wheelchair users.
  • Seafield Crematorium on the east side of the city has one chapel, which will seat about 150 people. The chapel has an organ and is accessible for wheelchair users.

Outside of the Borders and Edinburgh, the most commonly used crematoria are:

  • Carlisle Crematorium which has one chapel and can seat 100, with a video link to the waiting area where an additional 40 mourners can be seated.
  • Roucan Loch Crematorium (near Dumfries) which has one chapel and can seat 120 in landscaped loch surroundings.

For information on the cost of each chapel and each crematorium, visit our cremation costs page.

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