Information for Families

It is your choice

The way we say goodbye has a significant impact on our ability to move on and live with grief. In our carefully designed building, with its relaxed setting and stunning views, we can give you the time you need to reflect and remember.

Celebration of Life Service

Each of our services last for one hour. This allows plenty of time to gather, listen to the service and exit the Ceremony Hall, so there is no rush. Tailor your service in our Ceremony Hall by making your music selection from a huge range of genres, displaying photographs or videos of your time together, live streaming the service to those unable to travel, or recording it all for posterity. Our staff will help you say goodbye in whatever way you need to.
Every life is unique, and every service should reflect that.

Serenity Service

For those who choose a quiet, simple goodbye, with a smaller number of close family and friends around them we offer a gentle, peaceful time to reflect and remember. There is no celebrant, but you can choose up to 3 pieces of music and either a family member or our Ceremony Co-Ordinator can read a short poem or eulogy before our voile curtains are gently closed during the act of Committal.

Sunrise Service - an unattended service

We can take your loved one into our care when Clyde Coast and Garnock Valley Crematorium is silent and still and the only movement is that of the wildlife who have made this their home. With gentle music playing, our Ceremony Co-ordinator will respectfully commit your loved one into our care as our soft voile curtain closes in a simple and dignified goodbye. You can choose to remember at another time and place to suit you.
We have thought of everything, so you don’t have to…

FAQs

Is there car parking?

The car park accommodates 154 cars, including 8 disabled parking bays.

If I arrive early where do I go?

On arrival, family and friends can gather in the comfortable, stylishly furnished, waiting room or take the opportunity to sit in the calm of our Garden of Remembrance.

Do you offer webcasting?

Our webcasting system is fully automated, and an increasingly popular option for those who cannot attend the service in person. The webcast will be made available to view on-line for 7 days following the date of the service.

Can I show photographs?

Large screens allow you to show photographs and videos of your life together, your funeral director will guide you through the options.

Can the service be recorded?

Whilst many are happy to use a funeral as closure, others prefer to keep the memory alive. Your service can be recorded to keep as a download link via email, on DVD, or USB stick.

How do I play a favourite song?

We can source any music that has been made commercially available for your ceremony and play it through a state-of-the-art media system. Just let your funeral director know your choices.

Where is the coffin placed?

When you lose someone, who is central to your life, it is only fitting they should rest front and centre of the Ceremony Hall when you meet to celebrate their life.

How many does the Ceremony Hall seat?

The ceremony hall seats 154 guests and has a large picture window wall framing views across to the majestic mountain peaks of the Isle of Arran. A further 80 people can follow the service on screens in our indoor waiting area.

Can I personalise the Ceremony Hall to truly reflect my loved one?

Absolutely! We are happy to work with you to dress the Ceremony Hall in a way that honours the life and passions of your loved one. We can place important memorabilia, photographs, flags, artwork etc. within the Hall and our creative team are happy to help if you would like some inspiration about a theme for the funeral or what to do with floral arrangements after the service.

Can I bring my dog to the crematorium?

Of course you can. Pets are part of the family and their grief shouldn’t be forgotten.

Are there toilets?

There are toilets in the waiting area, including a disabled toilet.

Do I have to close the curtains?

We understand how difficult families find it as the curtain closes. You will see something very different at Clyde Coast and Garnock Valley Crematorium. Our delicate, translucent voiles gently wrap around the coffin, no doors, no noise. If you still choose not to do this, that’s fine, we understand.

What happens to the flowers after the service?

Your flowers will be displayed around our pond as you exit the ceremony hall. We will care for them for a week, but we invite you to collect them if you want to enjoy them elsewhere.

Can you accommodate family with disabilities?

Our Ceremony Hall has an induction loop for the hard of hearing and we can accommodate those with special mobility requirements throughout every room.

How long does the service last?

We allow a full hour between services giving you plenty of time to gather, hold an appropriate ceremony and say your goodbyes before departing. There is no feeling of hurry and fluster. If you want, further time can be allocated.

What happens next?

Please view our Memorial Gardens page