Covid-19 Updates

The health and wellbeing of our colleagues and visitors is paramount to us and, as such, we continue to closely monitor updates on COVID-19 from the World Health Organisation, Scottish Government and Health Protection Scotland.

Please check this page for regular updates.

24 March 2020

The health and wellbeing of our colleagues and visitors remains to be paramount to us. We are following NHS and Scottish Government advice and as such, from Tuesday 24 March we will be implementing the following at Woodside Crematorium:

Congregation Size: Both Woodside and Martyrs Chapel will have maximum capacity of 20 people and will adhere to social distancing with seats being two meters apart.

Waiting Room: This will be closed but toilet facilities will remain available.

Family Attending Dispersal of Ashes: We will postpone the dispersal of ashes. If a family would prefer to do this sooner, we would advise a maximum of two people attending.

Martyrs Chapel Webcast Facility: Work is scheduled to install a webcast facility at Martyrs Chapel on Friday 27 March.

We will continue to observe new guidelines from the NHS and Scottish Government and will update you as and when further changes are made.

We appreciate your support at this difficult time.

19 March 2020

Mother’s Day

Given the current situation with Covid-19, and being mindful of the wellbeing of our community and staff members, we have decided not to open the Remembrance Room this Mother’s Day. The gardens of remembrance will be open should you wish to visit. Apologies for any inconvenience.


There are currently no restrictions on congregation size; however, some mourners are taking the difficult decision not to attend the funeral of a loved one. Since the refurbishment, Woodside crematorium has the ability to offer a Webcast and during the COVID-19 outbreak we will offer a discount on this service.

Information for the congregation   

We would ask mourners to stay in their cars or wait outside and not meet in the waiting room. The waiting room will remain open to allow for the congregation to wash their hands.

17 March 2020

The Scottish Government has advised all events of 500 people or more are cancelled. Although services of this size are rare, we are drawing attention to this to ensure we can comply with government advice.

We have also put in place a number of proactive and preventative measures to inhibit the spread of COVID-19.

Whilst it can feel strange not to greet somebody with a handshake, we would recommend mourners avoid shaking hands to reduce the spread of the virus.

As an additional precaution, we are withdrawing hymn books and song sheets from our chapels, with attendees asked to use order of services instead.

Cremation chapels will also be sanitised between services.

We will keep you updated on any changes or developments as we do our utmost to navigate this situation, however if you have any further questions, please do get in touch.