About Mortonhall Crematorium

Cremation in Edinburgh

Cremation in EdinburghMortonhall Crematorium is situated on the south side of Edinburgh in a mature woodland setting. The crematorium, created by the architect Sir Basil Spence, was opened in February 1967.

To arrange a cremation at Mortonhall, you can speak to your funeral director or contact us directly.

Facilities at Mortonhall

  • Main Chapel (seating for 250)
  • Pentland Chapel (seating for 50)
  • Religious symbols representing Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, San, Sikhism and Tao. All symbols can be covered for non-religious services
  • an organ, ipod docking station, CD and tape playing equipment in both chapels
  • downloadable music system, with the majority of music able to be sourced
  • outside speakers for Main chapel for when there is not enough room within the chapel for all mourners
  • disabled parking and removable pew for wheelchairs in both chapels. A wheelchair is also available
  • deaf aid loop system in both chapels
  • waiting room with toilets, including disabled toilet
  • car park within the grounds.

Policy Statement relating to the Cremation of Babies and Infants

With the support of the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities and the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management, the Scottish Government’s National Committee on Infant Cremation has developed and approved a Policy Statement on Infant Cremation. This statement has been developed in response to the recommendations of Lord Bonomy’s Infant Cremation Commission and sets out a clear standard approach for each Cremation Authority in Scotland for this sensitive process. A copy of the Policy Statement can be viewed here.

In addition, the City of Edinburgh Council approved its own Crematorium Policy Statement in February 2015, which incorporates all the key messages of the agreed national version. This Policy Statement sets out the range and quality of service that the bereaved can expect from services delivered at Mortonhall Crematorium, and outlines a commitment from the City of Edinburgh Council to deliver cremation services to the specified standards.

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