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Scots encouraged to 'pay forward' a funeral

Scotland’s only charity-owned funeral director ran a Christmas fundraising campaign to support bereaved families.

Funeral Director Ian Kirk said: “Sadly, every year we see families bereaved over the festive season – for some it is far from a joyful time of year. I know many people will themselves remember how hard it is to face grief during the carols and present opening.”

On average, more than 1,000 families lose a loved one in Christmas week in Scotland.  

Caledonia Cremation, recent winners of prestigious Scottish and UK-wide social enterprise awards, offer only very simple direct cremations where any ceremony must take place away from the crematorium.

“It isn’t a run-of-the-mill traditional choice, but it is an increasingly popular modern option for lots of people, as the send-off can be made more personal and flexible without costing more,” said Co-Founder John Halliday. 

As well as making funerals cheaper, Caledonia Cremation offers a national funeral poverty advice helpline and is setting up community bereavement groups.  

Ian added, “This year, as austerity continues to bite, we are asking if anyone can send a donation to support our work with funeral poverty. Funerals cost bereaved families thousands of pounds, but we can use even a couple of pounds to help them.”

Since Caledonia Cremation launched in February 2018 they have received £900 in donations from generous members of the public concerned about funeral poverty. 

Anyone who would like to provide a donation or ‘pay forward’ a funeral for someone less fortunate can visit to donate via the parent charity, Community Renewal Trust, a Scottish anti-poverty charity.

PHOTO: Ian Kirk, Funeral Director, Caledonia Cremation.

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