A staffing crisis at Perth Crematorium left the facility without anyone qualified to carry out cremations, it has been claimed.
The crematorium has had trouble hanging on to staff for more than a year, according to a whistleblower.
Perth and Kinross Council, which operates the crematorium, said it has taken steps to deal with the situation.
One former staff member, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “It’s like a revolving door.
“Staff come and go, with barely enough time to learn their names.”
A spokeswoman for Perth and Kinross Council said: “Perth Crematorium has seen a number of staff changes recently as a result of career progression or personal circumstances of the individuals.
“As with any service and organisation, staffing levels are important to maintain service delivery and as such contingency plans are in place to deal with temporary staff shortages.
“In this case, service provision has not been affected by staffing levels as experienced and qualified external staff have been brought in to assist when required.”
She added: “Recruitment is under way for one member of staff which will bring the staffing levels back up to the full complement.”