Our experienced staff are available to accept your calls 24 hours a day - Call 062 51 277 / 086 804 5596
In this section you will find some of our frequently asked questions. If there is any question not answered here please do not hesitate to contact us and one of our Funeral Directors will be only to happy to assist you.
Useful Links
Citizen Information (Bereavment & Death) - Visit Website
Irish Hospice Foundation - Visit Website
Barnardos Bereavment Counselling for Children - Visit Website
Bereavement Counselling Services - Visit Website
Deparment of Social Protection - Visit Website
Infant Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Society - Visit Website
Aware (Support through Depression) - Visit Website
Who should be informed of the Death?
The next of kin, GP and the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages should be informed immediately. Most people die of natural causes, however if the death is sudden and unexpected, the GardaĆ­ and the Coroner may need to be informed. At a later stage you will need to inform the Department of Social and Family Affairs, if the person who died was getting a social welfare payment, or was a dependent on another person's payment. You should also inform relevant insurance companies.
Who has to register the death?
If the death occurred at home, the next of kin or nearest relative present at the death must register the death by bringing a Medical Certificate of cause of death to the appropriate Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages, usually within 5 days. The appropriate Registrar is determined by where the death took place, not where the deceased lived. The deceased's family doctor (GP) normally issues the medical certificate, but it can be any doctor. The hospital usually registers the death if the death happened in hospital Deaths referred to the County or City Coroner are registered when the Registrar receives a certificate of the post-mortem examination or inquest from the Coroner.
What is the role of the funeral director/undertaker?
They will deal all arrangements regarding the burial or cremation, including organising the burial plot, newspaper notices and religious services if you wish. They can also organise transport of the deceased and mourners, help with arrangements for the church service, liaising with those involved in these arrangements, e.g. florists etc. They will also assist you to obtain any documentation necessary both before and after the funeral. The Irish Association of Funeral Directors have drawn up a The Code of Cremation Practise that explains what you can expect from any one of their members.
What is a post mortem?
A post mortem (sometimes called an autopsy) is an examination carried out by a pathologist after a death where is necessary to establish the medical cause of death. The majority of deaths do not require any post mortem because the medical cause of death can be certified by a doctor who has been treating the deceased in the months prior to the death, i.e. a GP or hospital doctor.
What is Embalming?
Embalming is the preservation of the deceased using special techniques and fluids which allow for the deceased to be viewed without interference from unpleasant odour and changes which occur after death.
How much does a Funeral cost?
The cost of a funeral is composed of the disbursements paid by a funeral director on the family's behalf as well as the direct costs involved. The total cost of the disbursements may be larger if for example, a soloist or musician is required to play or multiple media announcements are made. The direct costs involved will depend on the wishes of the family as to where the funeral service is held and what type of coffin or urn is required.