FAQ

FAQ

  1. Can I arrange a floral tribute?
  2. What happens after a death occurs?
  3. How do you register a death?
  4. Are there any grants available for funeral expenses?
  5. Is it possible to arrange a funeral before the death has occurred?

  1. Can I arrange a floral tribute?

    We can arrange a variety of fresh or silk floral tributes. Please contact our office on 021 450 77 11 for more information.

  2. What happens after a death occurs?

    When a death occurs the doctor is called. He will either give or confirm that he will issue a certificate as to the cause of death. The making of the funeral arrangements may now proceed.

    The family decides what they would like to happen. The funeral director is contacted. We will act as a liaison person between the clergy, the cemetery or crematorium. We will co-ordinate the arrangements and confirm these with the family.

    Our trained personnel will transfer from the place of death for the preparation of the deceased and having been prepared will present the person for viewing at the funeral home, the hospital mortuary or the family home.

    The family with our help if needed will draft the death announcements for the newspapers. We will then arrange to have these published on the newspapers or announced on the radio stations chosen by the family.

    We will also arrange the transportation at the removal and funeral, organise the music, soloists and flowers. We will provide you with an estimate of funeral expenses.

  3. How do you register a death?

    1. Where a death occurs in a Hospital, the Hospital Authorities register the death and a copy of the Certificate may be obtained from the Office of Registration of Deaths & Births, Adelaide Street, Cork or the local Registration Office where the death occurs.
    2. Where a death occurs at home the next-of-kin obtains a Certificate as to the cause of death from the Doctor attending the deceased and takes the Certificate to the Office of Registration of Deaths & Births where a copy of the Death Certificate may be obtained.
    3. Where a Post Mortem takes place it is the Coroner concerned who registers the death and a copy of the Certificate again may be obtained at the Office of Registration of Deaths & Births, Adelaide Street, Cork or the local Registration Office where the death occurs.
  4. Are there any grants available for funeral expenses?

    A Bereavement Grant is a payment made by the Department of Social Welfare and is based on PRSI contributions. The grant is usually paid to the person responsible for payment of the funeral bill. The total amount of the grant is €850. You should complete the application within 12 months of the date of death. If you do not apply in time you may lose the payment. Application forms may be collected from our office.

    For more information on the Bereavement Grant, contact your local Social Welfare Office or Bereavement Grant Section at the following address:

    Bereavement Grant Section
    Social Welfare Services
    Government Buildings
    Ballinalee Road
    Longford

    LoCall: 1890 927 770 (from the Republic of Ireland only)

    Telephone: +353 43 3340000 (from Northern Ireland or overseas)

    Click here to see a leaflet on the bereavement grant
    Click here for the bereavement grant application form

  5. Is it possible to arrange a funeral before the death has occurred?

    Is it possible for anyone to make arrangements for a funeral in advance of a death and set aside monies to pay for the funeral.

    Our staff will go through the different options available such as cremation and burial. You will be able to inform the director about what kind of service that you would like. All details can be finalised such as music, floral tributes, newspaper notices. After you have made your decisions on the arrangements you will be given an estimate of funeral expenses at today's prices.

    You will then be advised to lodge that amount in an interest-bearing Deposit Account in your chosen Bank, Building Society or Post Office. You should advise the Manager that the purpose of the account is to pay for your Funeral Expenses. When the time comes we will carry out your arrangements as requested and the expenses will be covered through your deposit account.

    However, it is necessary to make contact with us each year to ensure that the quote of funeral expenses is up to date with today's prices. If there has been an increase in expenses, this amount should be lodged into your account.

    If you wish to arrange a funeral in advance please contact our offices on 021 450 77 11 and we will arrange an appointment for you.

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Restrictions on ALL funeral services, as a result of Government instructions, due to Covid-19

As part of the guidance for phase 3 re-opening, the Irish Government, The HSE, The Churches of Cork, Cemeteries and Crematorium, have all issued very clear instructions to Funeral Directors regarding ALL funeral services. These are as follows:

It is critical for us all that we act wisely and that we implement these clear instructions from Government. We would like to sincerely thank you for your co-operation on this matter.

The O'Connor Family

The Irish Hospice Foundation have provided a most helpful guide relating to funerals in these difficult times. Download here