Normally a doctor will be in attendance or called to confirm the death. The doctor and/or staff will inform the whether or not a post mortem examination will be needed. In most cases, this will not be necessary and the family is free to call their funeral director to make funeral arrangements.
This depends on whether the death was sudden or expected. If the death was expected, the deceased will have been attended by his or her GP/ Doctor. The first call should be made to this doctor who will visit the home to confirm the death has occurred. Once this has been done the funeral director should be called. You may also wish to call your local Priest or a Minister of their faith.
If the death was unexpected or sudden you should call the deceased’s GP. The GP may advise you to contact the Garda who may wish to contact the Coroner. The Funeral director should be contacted at this stage.
If you are unsure please contact us and we will advise you and offer guidance.
Normally it is the next of kin. It is important to know that whoever instructs the Funeral Director and/or take charge of arrangements is financially responsible for the funeral.
No. However we recommend embalming in all cases where the body is going to be viewed. We believe that the care and presentation of the body is vitally important to us and also to the deceased’s family. We have qualified embalmers to achieve the highest possible standard of presentation available. Embalming combines the sanitation and preservation of the body. This helps to give a more natural appearance and also prevents the spread of bacteria.
Yes. Once preparation and embalming has taken place viewing is normally available over an extended period of time.
Every funeral is different and we aim to reflect the life and the wishes of the deceased. We can discuss all the various options with you. The most popular is a traditional church funeral with burial in the local graveyard. We will discuss with you the various options for removal, wake, and funeral. Cremation is also available if requested.
No. However you may be eligible for an “exceptional needs payment” from the Department of Social Protection and is based on your income and needs. Each case is decided on its merit. We can offer you help with this if required.
The cost of a funeral is determined by the family and the wishes of the deceased. We will advise to help keep the cost at a reasonable level. The funeral cost is broken into two sections, one being the cost charged by the funeral director and the other is disbursements.
The funeral directors costs include professional services; coffin; transportation of remains and family (Hearse & Family car); embalming & preparation of body for viewing; grave marker (Cross) plus all the other services provided by the undertaker. Disbursements cover other services paid for by the funeral director on behalf of the family such as flowers, music, grave attendants, radio, and/or newspaper notice etc. We can give an accurate assessments of cost at any time.
No there are other options available such as a humanist service and we can discuss these with you.
The registration of a death will be made by a relative (by blood, marriage or civil partnership). This can be done at the Civil Registration Office. You will need the Death Notification Form to register a death. We will give you all the information needed to register the death.
Yes. This is becoming very popular now. A person can plan their own funeral with the undertaker and remove the stress and worries from the surviving family. You can choose as little or as much to have the funeral that you want. It may be just nominating an undertaker or we could go right through to cover the entire funeral. You can defer the payment until after your death or enter a payment plan. There is a benefit of pre-paying the full cost as you will pay at today’s price and regardless of inflation the price paid covers the funeral.