‘Can I hold a funeral in a hotel?’

The answer is yes. However, the majority of funeral services in Scotland take place within a religious venue, a funeral parlour or a crematorium.

This brief article offers points to consider when arranging a funeral in a hotel, or a unique venue. Fosters compassionate staff are available to help you personalise a funeral.  We will take care of all the details and have the necessary experience to make the funeral service will run smoothly.

A hotel sign painted on a white building

It is legally possible to hold a funeral in a hotel in Scotland. On the basis that the property owner has granted permission, a funeral service can take place at a range of other locations including:

  • The function suite of a bar or venue
  • A community hall
  • A private garden
  • A private home
  • A woodland
Points to Consider
  1. Coffin  – The first point to consider when arranging a funeral in a hotel is a practical one. When bringing a coffin into a building a specific door height and width will be required to ensure a dignified entry and exit from the venue. Not every location will be suitable. Crematoria and religious venues are custom built, and the majority have hearing loops, accessible toilets, and disabled parking spaces.
  2.  Privacy – Will your venue of choice be able to ensure that the service is uninterrupted by other hotel guests, deliveries or in the case of an outside location, passers-by?
  3. Transportation – if a funeral takes place in a woodland then obviously a standard hearse will not be suitable for crossing fields or farmers tracks. Alternative transport could be a horse and cart or other farm vehicles.
Alternative Venues

Fosters have bright and modern funeral homes across Scotland where final farewells can take place. Religious and non-religious funeral services can take place in our comfortable venues.

Fosters funeral home in Scotland, a bright and modern, comfortable space with mourners and a coffin

Our experienced funeral arrangers can help you personalise the funeral service to reflect and celebrate the life of your loved one.

With years of experience of supporting bereaved families, we will take care of all the little details that can mean so much and ensure the service runs smoothly.

Martyrs Chapel at Woodside in Paisley

Families choosing Fosters have the option to host a funeral at Martyr’s Chapel at Woodside Cemetery & Crematorium in Paisley.  Having undergone a major refurbishment, Martyr’s Chapel offers a modern service room, a welcoming reception area plus three private viewing rooms. The unique building has wheelchair access, accessible toilets, a hearing loop system plus disabled parking.

For more Information

Please contact us for a brochure or call 0800 121 8090 to speak with a member of our experienced team.

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