Funeral

When you are at your lowest point, we can help you through it by picking up your loved one from the mortuary in one of our hearses, arranging a grave, washing the body and providing transportation to the cemetery. The cost is kept as low as possible by our use of volunteers rather than paid staff. Telephone us on 0141 429 3132 to be guided through the process following a sudden death.

If you have been given more time to prepare, please read our funeral guide, although we will guide you through the process regardless.

FUNERAL GUIDE

Primary Contact: Mohammed Salim – 07790902782
Secondary Contact: Nazir Ahmad – 07890195170

Summary

Today all Muslim deaths in Glasgow and the surrounding areas are reported to the Glasgow Central Mosque (GCM) office. These deaths in general occur at the hospital or in some exceptional cases at home where patients have been sent home with the knowledge that death may occur.

After Ghusl and Janazah, the deceased are then buried in either the Old Cemetery in Cathcart (Netherlee Road, G44 3ST) or the New Cemetery (700 Carmunnock Road, G45 9QE) in Castlemilk.

Guidelines & Costs

All costs MUST be settled before burial.

Old Cathcart Cemetery – £3,825 approx:

  • £3,285 to East Renfrewshire Council
  • £540 to GCM (£370 coffin, £170 hearse)
    There is no cost for burial sheets at the moment as these are donated
  • No burials take place on Christmas Day or New Years Day
  • Additional charges apply for Saturday, Sunday or Public Holiday burials

* Note:- Costs are subject to change. If you live in East Renfrewshire the rates will be slightly lower & the £540 includes the maintenance cost of GCM morgue

New Castlemilk Cemetery – £2,770 approx:

  • £2,230 to Glasgow City Council
  • £540 to GCM (£370 coffin, £170 hearse
    There is no cost for burial sheets at the moment as these are donated
  • No burials on Christmas Day or New Years Day

*Note:- Costs are subject to change. The layer box is not approved for old cemetery & £540 includes maintenance cost of GCM morgue. No additional costs on weekend

The Process

Any member of the public can contact our dedicated Funeral Management Team 24/7 who are present to answer any questions and support you through the process if required. This is a difficult time for all and we understand the sensitivity along with the urgency to deal with the matter in hand.

In order for GCM to pick up the deceased body from either the house or the hospital morgue a death certificate is required. Without this GCM cannot collect the body therefore the first question asked once informed is:

“Do you have a death certificate?”

This will be provided by the hospital or in an exceptional case if the death has occurred at home and no hospital check-in is required (was expected) only then the GP will be able provide a certificate or verification of death letter. This may also be requested from NHS24.

If the death occurs in the hospital the body must be transferred to the hospital mortuary before it can be picked up by GCM. The hospitals WILL NOT transfer the body until the family clears the room. On many occasions you have family members making an assumption that the body will be collected from the ward however this is not the case. This can take anytime between 1 to 4 hours.

Before leaving the hospital, all bodies must be checked in at the mortuary and will be checked out at the mortuary. The movement of the body from the ward to the mortuary is managed by the hospital itself. GCM cannot collect until the mortuary approve release of the body.

This certificate allows GCM to transfer the body to the Mosque mortuary but does not permit a burial. To confirm burial permission the family must:

  • Register the death at 45 John Street, Glasgow G1 1JQ (Tel: 0141 287 7658). Or at any registration office in Scotland – it doesn’t need to be the district where the person lived or died.
  • Register the death via GCM if it occurs on Weekends or Public Holidays
  • Obtain the death certificate registration from 45 John Street, Glasgow G1 1JQ
  • Obtain form 14 from 45 John Street, Glasgow G1 1JQ (this permits burial in the graveyard)

Please note the grave can ONLY be ordered with a form 14 and for same day burial the form MUST be handed over to GCM by 10:00 for the OLD Cathcart cemetery and 11:00 for the NEW Castlemilk cemetery.

The Process for International Transfer

Alternative paperwork is required for bodies being transferred abroad. The following list includes all relevant documentation to be obtained:

  • Death Certificate from the Hospital or GP
  • Death Registration via 45 John Street, Glasgow G1 1JQ
  • Free of Infection Certificate
  • Form 14
  • Passport
  • All relevant travel documents
  • Two nominees who are going to receive the body at the relevant destination

The costs for international transfers will vary depending on destination.