Information To Help

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.

Funerals are very much focussed on the deceased and supporting their relatives and friends.  The service will be personalised appropriately, for example, while traditionally the minister or reader will give a tribute, family and friends are welcome to do so. Music and readings are chosen in consultation with the family. 

Please make contact as soon as you can.


These are a major worry for many - and the Church of Scotland is aware and concerned about this. Below is a report in Life and Work highlighting the problem.

Locally, in Acharacle & Ardnamurchan Parishes, the minister or reader will conduct a funeral service whether or not the deceased is a member of the CofS; ministry is concerned for all in the parish. This is the case across the CofS.

All this is done professionally in the love and care we share as God's people; this passing on of God's love and care is part of the ministry of the Parish Church. 

A donation for ministry services is welcome; there is no fee. For an organist there is a fee and a fee may be charged or a donation encouraged for the use of the venue (church or otherwise.

Fees charged by the undertaker and local authorities are set independently of the church. 

If you would like more information about funeral costs please message us.

Local Funeral Directors

John McLellan & Co. Ltd,
Dudley Road, Fort William PH33 6JB
01397 702 128

Mike McFall,
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
01397 704583


Forget-Me-Not Florist,
109 High Street, Fort William PH33 6DG
01397 701 300

McDonald Bros,
12-13 Battlefield Crescent, Inverlochy, Fort William PH33 6NB
01397 702 221

2018 March