Who should I inform/contact if someone dies at home?
This depends on whether the death was sudden or expected. If expected, the deceased will have been attended to by his or her GP recently. The first/initial call should be made to the doctor who will be required to visit the home to confirm death has occurred. The funeral director should be contacted at this stage.
If unexpected, the first call should be made to the deceased G.P’s who was attending during his or her last illness. The GP may advise that the family contact their nearest Garda Station, as the Gardai may wish to contact the Coroner.
What is the normal process when someone dies in a hospital, hospice or nursing home?
A doctor will be called to confirm death. The doctor and or staff will confirm to the family whether or not a post mortem examination will be required. If a post mortem is required this may delay the arranging of the funeral. The family conact a Funeral Director.
What is the role of the Coroner?
The Funeral Director will take you through all the various options and help you to arrange the type of service you want. All the below areas are covered:
- Funeral planning according to the wishes of the family
- Arranging of the Funeral ceromony
- Arranging the opening of new or existing graves
- Selection of a coffin
- Preparing all the documentation needed for cremation
- Preparation, care and presentation of the deceased
- Provision of limousines
- Placing obituary notices in newspapers,on local radio and RIP.ie
- Provision of estimate of funeral expenses
- Acknowledgement notices in newspapers
- Arranging organist or singer
- Repatriation Services
- Books of condolence
- Ordering of floral tributes
How much does a funeral cost?
The cost of a funeral will be determined by you and your family. Funeral costs are broken down into two areas – Cost charged by the Funeral Directors and third party costs such as cemeteries and florists, paid by the Funeral Director on your behalf. We offer a quotation and will work with you in all cases to ensure the Funeral is within your chosen budget.
What happens if a death occurs abroad?
We have extensive experience in dealing with the complexity of a death overseas and the task of returning the deceased home to Ireland. As part of our service we will co-ordinate all documents required from coroners, embassies and airlines.
Each Crematorium has its own Chapel where a short service takes place prior to the cremation. The Crematoria of Ireland are regulated by the “Code of Cremation Practice” which requires that the coffin is placed in the cremator in exactly the same condition as that in which it arrived at the crematorium and only one coffin is cremated at a time. The ashes are usually available for collection after 48 hours. You can make arrangements through your Funeral Director to collect the ashes. There is no significant difference between the cost of a burial and a cremation, unless a new family grave has to be purchased for the burial.
What is required for registering a death and obtaining Death Certificates?
You need to know the date and place of the death and the full name and surname of the deceased, the deceased’s gender, marital status, age or date of birth and the deceased’s occupation (or that of the spouse or parent). You must also have a Medical Certificate of the cause of death The Death Certificate is issued by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. You are usually able to get a Death Certificate immediately when you register the death.
Are there Bereavement Grants available?
The Bereavement Grant was a once-off payment to help with funeral costs. Eligibility for this grant was not related to your ability to pay for the funeral. Eligibility was usually based on PRSI contributions.
The Bereavement Grant has been discontinued and is not paid for deaths occurring on or after 1 January 2014. Applications for bereavement grants will be accepted up to December 2014, provided the date of death is before 1 January 2014. Note that applications for bereavement grants must be submitted within 12 months of the date of death.
The Funeral Grant under the Occupational Injuries Scheme will continue to be paid. The six weeks’ payment after death (where the deceased person’s payment continues for 6 weeks to their spouse or partner who is also getting a weekly welfare payment), the Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner’s Grant of €6,000 and assistance with funeral costs under Exceptional Needs Payments are unaffected.
More information may be found here.
Do you supply Headstones for new graves and arrange for additional inscriptions on existing Headstones?
Yes, we provide a Memorial service. Please click here to access our Memorial website: www.brennanmemorials.com
Can I arrange a Funeral in advance?
Yes, we provide this facility. Please contact our office and we will walk you through the process.