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Arranging a funeral - Kenneth Keegan Independent Funeral Directors, Paisley

A funeral is the last chance to say goodbye to a loved one and can be a very emotional time. It is of paramount importance that the arrangements are carefully considered as they can only be carried out once with most funerals being either a Burial or Cremation. It is advisable to call the funeral director on 0141 889 6351 when possible to advise the death has occurred and give advice on the ‘First Steps’

First Steps

When death occurs at home

If the death was expected, as the deceased had been ill for some time, it would be normal to contact their Doctor OR NHS 24 (Tel 111) as soon as possible who would then visit to certify that death had occurred and determine the cause of death. This may not happen immediately as the Doctor may be in his/ her surgery, or death may happen in the middle of the night. Once the doctor is certified the death, call the funeral director on 0141 889 6351 where they can advise the next steps and attend to bring your loved one in to our care.Thereafter, the Doctor will issue the relatives a form called the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death.

*If the death was not expected or cause of death cannot be determined then the Doctor will refer the death to the Police/Procurator fiscal who will then work on your behalf to investigate the cause of death. When satisfied the investigation is complete and cause of death has been determined they will issue the death certificate.

When death occurs in hospital / nursing home

Unless present when death occurs, the next of kin will be notified by the nursing staff as soon as possible. Arrangements can then be made with the Hospital /Nursing Administrative staff to deal with the formalities. These will include collecting the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (issued by a Hospital Doctor) and any personal possessions.

Once the doctor is certified the death, call the funeral director on 0141 889 6351 where they can advise the next steps and attend where possible to bring your loved one in to our care.

*Again, if the death is not expected the procurator will follow the steps above until satisfied and issue the death certificate thereafter.

Registering a Death

Once the Doctor, Hospital or Fiscal has issued the Medical Certificate, the Informant must register the death within 8 days at the Registrar. Normally this would be in the local district registrar but this can also be done at any registrar in Scotland.

  • The Medical Certificate and the deceased’s Medical Card (if available) must be given to the Registrar including the following information:-
    Name, job title, address, date and country of birth of the person who has died;
  • Full names, former names and job titles of any ex-husband, ex-wife or ex-civil partner of the person who died;
  • Full names, former names, job titles and dates of birth of any husband or wife or civil partner who is still alive;
  • Full names and job titles of the parents of the person who has died including the mothers maiden name.
  • Name and address of the family doctor of the person who has died.
  • It is also advisable to take the deceased birth certificate, marriage certificate (If applicable) and medical card/number.

* You should make an appointment at the register prior to attending. Please see our links page for a list of local registrars contact details.


When ready the next of kin or person taking responsibility for the funeral arrangements can make an appointment to meet with us either at our comfortable premises at 149 George St, Paisley or in the comfort of their own home where we will take them through all the choices available and things to consider. We only get one chance to ensure that the funeral is as unique or personal as the family or deceased would like it to be, this meeting can take approx 1-2hours allowing adequate time to ensure that all decisions are made and any questions be answered. An estimate will always be given at the end of the arrangement, confirmation of the choices made and a list of items outstanding.

The main decisions to be made will include

  • Will the funeral be burial or cremation
  • Will the service be religious or non religious
  • Where will the service take place
  • Transport choices available for the deceased and family – Hearse/horse drawn hearse/ limousine(s) etc
  • Items to personalise the funeral – Order of Service, obituaries, music, floral tributes, donations, etc

If the deceased had a funeral pre-payment plan in place, then most choices will already be made leaving the family or person taking responsibility, to register the death. A meeting will still need to take place to confirm details of the funeral as per the deceased wishes.


1st September 2016 – Mrs Mary Gray and Family

To kenny and all the staff that took care of my beautiful daughter Amanda Gray. You all looked after us at a very sad time. Nothing was a hassle or bother to you all. Don’t think we could have got through our hard time without you! Many Thanks

1st September 2016 - Mrs Jeanette Wright

Our thanks for all your work and the care you gave my husband Billy Wright. He had the most amazing send off and no one could have asked for more. Jeanette and Nicola

24th August 2016 - Mrs Dagmar McCormack

On behalf of myself and my family I would like to thank you for your care of my late husband George. Also for your professional, attention to detail at his funeral service and his interment into the family lair. With grateful thanks

4th August 2016 - The Kininmonth Family

Myself, Jim and all of the family would like to express our thanks to you and your staff for the excellent service you provided in arranging Flo's funeral. We very much appreciate the professional and caring service you provided a such a sad time. Thanks, Pauline.

21st July 2016 - The Quigley Family

Kenneth and staff thank you so much for the compassion, dignity and respect you have shown to our mum and the family. We cant thank you enough for everything. x

15th July 2016 - Mrs Anne Cuthbertson and Family

Can't thank you enough for the kind and respectful attention on the day and before the funeral. You made it all so easy and ensured that everythig went smoothly. Many thanks

13th July 2016 - Ann Oliver and Family

Thank you so much for the sensitive way in which you dealt with the funeral of my late husband Pete Oliver. You were able to advise and reassure us on every aspect and so many people said how nice the service was and how respectfully you and everyone involved was. Even the weather was kind to us. Thank you most sincerely.

24th June 2016 - Aileen McGuire and Family

A big thank you for all your help and support in the lead up to and after my nana's funeral. Everything you did was to the highest possible standard. You made a difficult time in our lives a bit easier to get through, for which we are all very greatful! Thanks again

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