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FAQ

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What if the Death Occurred in a Hospital / Hospice / Nursing Home?

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.

Who Should I Notify if Someone Dies at Home?

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.

Who is Responsible for Making Funeral Arrangements?

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.

Is Embalming Compulsory?

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.

I have relatives coming from abroad. Can I Delay the Funeral?

Yes. Once preparation and embalming has taken place viewing is normally available over an extended period of time.

What are the Different Types of Funerals Available?

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.

Is the “Death Grant” Still Available?

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.

How Much Does a Funeral Cost?

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.

Must I have a church Funeral?

No there are other options available such as a humanist service and we can discuss these with you.

How Do I Register a Death?

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.

Can I Plan and/or Pay for my own Funeral?

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.

Testimonials

Pat & Thomas- Thank you so much for all of your assistance for the Mass and burial of our parents. You both made things go very smoothly-and we appreciate all you did. - Grace

Thank you both for all the help and kindness at the time of mum’s passing. With you taking care of everything it made a sad and difficult time much more bearable. Thanks again. - Margaret

For all that you did for us at a very sad and emotional time, we thank you most sincerely. The professionalism and care given was above and beyond our expectations. Every detail was taken care of. And very reasonably priced. - Shaun

I just had to write to tell you how amazed I was with the professional service you provided at my mother in law’s funeral and wake. Along with organising everything you provided a boiler and cups for tea, chairs and stools, lights and traffic cones for the street for the wake. Here in Wales the funeral director only provides the coffin and the hearse. They have a lot of catching up to do. - Courtney

Thank you Thomas and Pat, superb job. Took the pressure off us. It’s nice to see a professional at work. You look the part. Lovely job at the graveyard too. - John

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