Is Cremation less expensive than burial?
Cremation is generally less expensive that Burial when the purchase of a new grave is required. The cost difference is marginal when compared with the re-opening of an existing grave. There are optional additional costs incurred with Cremation when the ashes are to be interred in a Garden of Remembrance or Columbarium Wall. We are pleased to offer guidance on the cost of all of these options.
Is a Death Certificate required to make the funeral arrangements?
A death certificate is not required to make the funeral arrangements if the funeral is taking place in Ireland.
What is a Post Mortem?
If the deceased has not been attending a Doctor or where there is no history of illness a Post Mortem is necessary to establish the cause of death.
Can I object to a Post Mortem?
You cannot object to if the Post Mortem has been ordered by the Coroner.
How do we apply for a Death Certificate?
If a death takes place in Hospital the Hospital will issue a Death Notification Form which you then bring to the registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages at Monread Road, Naas in Kildare or at Joyce House, Lombard Street in Dublin.
If a death takes place at home the attending Doctor will issue a Death Notification Form which you bring to the register of Births Deaths and Marriages at Monread Road, Naas in Kildare or at Joyce House, Lombard Street in Dublin.
For more information please refer to our Death Certificate section.
What happens if someone passes away in a hospital, hospice or nursing home?
In most cases a Post Mortem is not required and the family can contact their funeral director who will liaise with the hospital or nursing home on their behalf. The doctor will be called to confirm that the death has occured.
Who is responsible for making the funeral arrangements?
The person who has legal authority to make funeral arrangements is the Executor (the person named in the will to administer the estate), however, the responsibility can pass by agreement to the next of kin or a friend of the family.
Who should I inform if someone passes away at home?
If the death was expected, the deceased will have been attended to by their GP who should be contacted first as they will be required to visit the home to confirm that the death has occurred. The funeral director can then be called but cannot proceed until the death has been confirmed by the doctor.
If the death was unexpected, the GP should be contacted first and may advise that the family contact the local Garda Station, as the Gardai may wish to contact the Coroner.
If a death takes place in Hospital or similar institution, the hospital will issue a Death Notification Form which you bring to the registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages at Monread Road, Naas in Kildare. For more information please refer to our Death Certificate section.
Is embalming always necessary?
Embalming is best practice and we recommend it in all cases for the comfort of the family and to preserve the dignity of the deceased. As Funeral Directors one of our most important roles is caring for the deceased who are intrusted into our care. We have our own full time fully qualified embalmer which ensures a very high standard of presentation of the deceased person and provides comfort for the family in knowing that there loved one is being cared for with integrity and compassion.
What is the cost of a funeral?
It is our policy to provide a written estimate of costs at the time of making the arrangements in order to make the family aware of the costs of their chosen arrangements. Our charges will be tailored to suit individual needs and budget and each funeral is individually tailored to meet precise requirements. Due to the large number of families entrusting us with the funeral arrangements of their loved ones we are in a position to keep costs to a minimum.
When a Death Occurs who should we contact first?
As funeral directors it is best to contact us first. We will make all of the arrangements on your behalf, liaising with the hospital or doctor, the Church, the newspapers, the cemetery or crematorium.
Is it possible to delay the funeral for a period of time?
The funeral can be delayed for a period of time with the use of modern embalming techniques combined with the use of our modern facilities.
How many people does a Mourning Coach or Limousine carry?
Normally a mourning coach holds seven passengers, however, due to the introduction of safety screens the current maximum number of passengers is now six.
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