Ashes Library


When considering the final resting place for ashes there are several options. We fully understand that we are all individuals and therefore we appreciate that you might want to arrange a more personal farewell. 

Our ashes library

We appreciate that you may want time to decide the exact resting place for a loved one’s ashes. That’s why we have built an ashes library in our Oakvale Funeral Home. The library is a quiet place for reflection where your loved one’s ashes which will be expertly stored in book shaped urns. This gives you the opportunity to spend some personal time here and if you like, leave a message in our book of remembrance. You may decide that you would like the library to be the final resting place of your loved one, if so, then that can be arranged too.

Other options

Ashes may be returned to the family for private dispersal in a location of personal significance, for example on the hills, a favourite walk or at sea. We have even helped to arrange the dispersal of cremated remains in the form of fireworks or the creation of small pieces of jewellery that mean the wearer has a permanent reminder of their loved one. Of course we also provide a wide range of urns so that the remains may be kept in a traditional manner.  

Ashes may also be dispersed or buried in the Garden of Rest at the crematorium. The crematorium normally does this privately soon after the cremation. Another option is the burial of the ashes in a cemetery. This has the advantage of a specific and permanent place of memorial to visit or lay flowers over the coming years. Several cemeteries within the Edinburgh area offer dedicated “cremated remains plots”. Even a family grave, which is no longer available for a burial, would almost certainly be able to accommodate an ashes casket and an inscription could be added to the memorial or a new memorial erected.

We can arrange all details of an ashes interment including both erection of new memorial stones or adding inscriptions and renovating existing stones. Please don’t hesitate to ask us for details.

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