When death comes, it can seem like the end of the world for those who are nearest to the one who has gone. Within hours there is so much to do – relatives and friends to be informed, authorities to be notified … and then the funeral to be arranged.
What are the first steps to be taken and where can help be found.
The Church and local funeral directors are able to offer support and give advice. This page has details on some of the services you may find helpful at this time. These organizations will be able to advise on the planning of the funeral and the legal aspects of registering a death.
It is advisable to confirm the date with the minister and the funeral directors before any other arrangements are made.
They will advise you on what further steps you need to take in regard to an organist, flowers in church, etc, and contacting the Registrar.
Please make contact as soon as you can.
There is no formal or set fee charged for the services and support of the minister and elders organising a funeral in a parish church in Scotland. The church minister and congregation offer spiritual support for all, at all times and in all situations.
There is, however, a fee of £100 for use of the the church building itself as it is very expensive to maintain and run - heating, lighting, insurance, essential repairs and keeping everything in good order amount to huge sums year after year. The fee allows the congregation will be able to continue the upkeep of the Church.
There is a charge of £40 for the organist (Acharacle only as there is no organist at Ardnamurchan).
We hope that you might consider giving a donation as a free-will thanks offering for the ministry services provided. If these costs are a problem then please chat to the minister or session clerk! For further guidance please contact the minister, Rev Fiona Ogg - details on the contact page.
Local Funeral Directors
John McLellan & Co. Ltd,
Dudley Road, Fort William PH33 6JB
01397 702 128
10 Battlefield Crescent, Inverlochy, Fort William PH33 6NB
01397 701 110
Highland Council Registration Office,
Service Point, Lochaber House, High Street, Fort William PH33 6EL
109 High Street, Fort William PH33 6DG
01397 701 300
12-13 Battlefield Crescent, Inverlochy, Fort William PH33 6NB
01397 702 221