Headstones and memorials in cemeteries

You do not have to mark a grave with a headstone or other form of marker. This is a matter of choice for the next of kin or executor. 

If you do want to mark a grave with a headstone, this can be done at any time. There is no need to wait a period of time for the ground to settle.

Any memorial erected on a grave must be constructed and erected by a memorial mason approved to work in our cemeteries. You can get a list of registered masons from Mortonhall Crematorium.  

Memorials must be made from natural stone and should not contain wood, plastic or glass.

The grave owner or their executor is responsible for any headstone or marker placed at a grave and its upkeep.

Removing charges for child burial and cremation

Funeral directors and memorial masons, please note that there are changes to our pricing structure following the recent Scottish Government and Cosla agreement.

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