Our Dundee funeral directors are responsible for the planning and arranging of funerals for your loved ones. We are experienced and knowledgeable about all aspects of funerals, so you can rest assured that there will be no delays with our services.

Due to our years of experience in the funeral industry, we at James Ashton & Son know how to add personal touches to our service. We understand that each death is unique and that every client has their own way of grieving.

We appreciate that you need some space to cope with your loss, which is why our James Ashton funeral directors in Dundee and St Andrews are here to help you deal with the practicalities after death and hopefully make things easier for you.

We will send a local Dundee funeral director to meet with you in one of our offices or at your home, whichever you prefer. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss with you everything you wish to include in the funeral package.

You may already have an idea about the kind of funeral you want for your loved one, whether you have already thought about it or the deceased has told you their final wishes. You can share all of these with us during the meeting, and we will then present you with all the available options based on your needs and budget.

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However, if your loved one left no specific instructions, James Ashton & Son can provide you with advice. Some of the things included in our funeral package include newspaper intimation, flowers and refreshments during the service, and more. No matter what you need, we will deliver a personalised service for your loved one.

We can also cater to all secular requirements, religious denominations, and rites, whether you need cremation or burial services. Moreover, we will provide you with a list of local crematoriums and cemeteries, and make enquiries and arrangements on your behalf.

If your loved one has applied for a pre-payment funeral plan, it means that the deceased has already stated their personal and final wishes as well as paid for certain funeral services. If so, our Dundee funeral directors will confirm these funeral arrangements and give you an estimate of additional costs for any extra services you may want to use.

After everything has been finalised, we will provide you with a detailed quote as well as a written confirmation of the full funeral arrangements.

If your loved one has passed away at home or in a nursing home, a doctor must first certify their death. Afterwards, our funeral directors at James Ashton will ask for your permission to bring the deceased into our care. If their death happened in the hospital, we would bring them to our funeral home once all the documents are ready.

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Arranging funerals is never an easy task; we understand that most family members and relatives will not be able to find the time to handle practicalities after a death as some are still shocked by the news or taking their time to grieve for their losses. However, you don’t have to deal with these tasks alone.

Our funeral directors in Dundee and St Andrews will always be here whenever you need help with funeral arrangements. Speak to us by dialling 01382 452110 or filling out our contact form at jamesashton.co.uk/contact.

Dundee Areas Covered

  • Arldler
  • Balgay Hill
  • Balgowan
  • Ballumbie
  • Claverhouse
  • Craigie
  • Dan of Mains
  • Douglas and Angus
  • Downfield
  • Fintry
  • Hilltown
  • Hilltown
  • Lochee
  • Logie
  • Maryfield
  • Menziehill
  • Ninewells
  • St Mary’s
  • Stannergate
  • Stobswell
  • Trottick
  • West Ferry
  • Whitfield
  • Wimberley Houses

Dundee Postcodes Covered

  • DD5 3
  • DD5 4
  • DD4 9
  • DD4 6
  • DD1 1
  • DD1 2
  • DD1 3
  • DD4 0
  • DD5 1
  • DD5 2
  • DD2 3
  • DD2 4
  • DD4 7
  • DD4 8
  • DD1 4
  • DD1 5
  • DD2 1
  • DD2 2
  • DD3 6
  • DD3 7
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  • DD2 5
  • DD3 0

Areas Covered Neighbouring Dundee

  • Benvie
  • Birkhill
  • Bridgefoot
  • Burnside of Duntrune
  • Invergowrie
  • Kingoodle
  • Liff
  • Neighbouring
  • Newport-on-Tay
  • Strathmartine
  • St Andrews
  • Tayport

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do funeral directors live in the funeral home?

Embalming and viewing of the bodies generally happen on the basement floors of a funeral home, so most funeral directors prefer to live on-site due to convenience. It is also for security reasons, to prevent trespassing, robberies and damage to properties.

What do you call a person who speaks at a funeral?

There is no specific term for a person who gives a eulogy. It can be a family member or a friend who gives a speech about the deceased.

Eulogies are usually included as a part of our commemorative funeral services. If you would like to know more about our services, please give our team a call.

What is given out at a funeral?

During the funeral or vigil, funeral directors will give out funeral brochures or pamphlets – sometimes called a funeral order – that serve as a detailed outline of the memorial service. It also summarises the achievements of the deceased loved ones when they were alive.

How long does a body last in a coffin?

The human body can last for fifty years or so until it completely disintegrates, leaving the coffin almost empty. As a part of our professional interment assistance and wake services, we can provide you with a wide selection of sturdy coffins carefully furnished by our team.

What is the difference between a funeral director and a funeral arranger?

These two terms are similar, however, funeral directors will tend to oversee the end-to-end process of a funeral (including conducting the funeral on the day), whereas funeral arrangers will usually work alongside funeral directors to carry out the funeral plan as determined by the funeral director and the client. An independent funeral director also operates or owns a funeral home. Another term that is usually associated with a funeral director is mortician – this is the person responsible for handling and preparing the body before the scheduled funeral date.

Registering The Death Of A Loved One

To register someone’s death, our funeral directors advise giving the deceased’s information to the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. These include:

  • The deceased’s full name, occupation, last address, and date and place of birth
  • Their marital status (single, married, divorced, in a civil partnership or widowed)
  • The full name and occupation of the deceased’s current or former husband, wife, or civil partner (where applicable)

Talk to our interment professionals for more information about registering a death.

Difference Between A Burial And Cremation

As a part of our funeral and burial management services, we will discuss with you whether you want a burial or a cremation.

Burials or traditional funerals usually involve a church service and burying the body in a cemetery. Our professional funeral directors can also search for other cemetery grounds around the area where your loved one lived or grew up.

If you choose cremation, you can find a crematorium before proceeding with a shorter service called a “committal”. Our planning experts for burial can have the ashes kept in an urn which is returned to you, or the ashes can be buried in a special place.

What To Expect When Someone Has Died

After the death of a loved one, it’s natural to feel many different emotions and it’s important to remember everyone grieves differently. One of the main tasks undertaken by our funeral directors is to ensure all legal documents and paperwork have been organised and they will help you through this process and hopefully reduce some of the stress you may be experiencing during this difficult time.

Talk to one of our local funeral directors for advice on what to do next – we will help you through the process and ensure every aspect of the funeral is accounted for.

Dundee Local Authorities

Dundee Transport Links

Dundee Airport

Dundee Airport is a licensed airfield five minutes from the centre of Dundee. It is available for private, scheduled, and charter operators and can accommodate various-sized aircraft for business and leisure depending on the number of passengers. It also has a small lounge for private crews and passengers.

Port of Dundee

The Port of Dundee is one of the biggest economic generators in the Tayside region of Scotland and is currently owned by Forth Ports. It is located on the east coast of Scotland, on the north side of the Firth of Tay, and lies between the central belt and Aberdeen.

Dundee Bus Station

Dundee Bus Station is situated a short walk from the city centre and is open 7 days a week. The station has a waiting area and a cafe, and there are also a number of shops nearby. Dundee bus station offers routes all across Scotland and the rest of the UK, offering services from Stagecoach and Megabus.

Dundee Train Station

Following a renovation in 2014, Dundee Train Station offers a range of quick routes across Scotland, as well as links to the rest of the UK. The station operates 7 days a week and has a number of indoor and outdoor waiting areas, a shop and an attached hotel.

Dundee Taxis

Dundee has a large number of taxi companies which operate across the city and neighbouring postcodes. Search for Dundee taxis online to find the phone numbers of your local branch.