What is the cost of a funeral?
It is our policy to make the family aware of the costs of their chosen arrangements and to provide a written estimate of costs at the time of making the arrangements. Each funeral is individually tailored to meet precise requirements. Our charges will be tailored to suit individual needs and budget.
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.
Who should I inform if someone passes away at home?
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 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.
What happens if someone passes away in a hospital, hospice or nursing home?
The doctor will be called to confirm that the death has occured. 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.
What is a Post Mortem?
A Post Mortem is necessary to establish the cause of death when the deceased has not been attending a Doctor or where there is no history of illness.
Can I object to a Post Mortem?
You cannot object to a Post Mortem if it has been ordered by the Coroner.
Is Cremation less expensive than burial?
Generally where the purchase of a new grave is required then cremation will be cheaper, however, in the case of a re-opening of an existing grave the difference in price is marginal.
How do we apply for a Death Certificate?
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 Joyce House, Lombard Street in Dublin or Monread Road, Naas in Kildare.
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 Joyce House, Lombard Street in Dublin or Monread Road, Naas in Kildare.
For more information please refer to our Death Certificate section.
Is a Death Certificate required to make the funeral arrangements?
If the funeral is taking place in Ireland a death certificate is not required to make the funeral arrangements.
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.
Does the family pay the church, cemetery and musicians fees?
Usually these fees know as disbursements or third party expenses are paid by the funeral director for the ease of the family on the day of the funeral.
Is embalming always necessary?
Embalming is best practice and we recommend it in all cases to preserve the dignity of the deceased and for the comfort of the bereaved family. We have our own full time fully qualified embalmer which ensures a very high standard of presentation of the deceased person.
Is it possible to delay the funeral for a period of time?
It is possible to delay a funeral 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.