Who should be contacted first when arranging a funeral?
The Funeral Director. As they will be making most of the arrangements for the funeral, talking to them first will save you time and possible distress at such a difficult time.
Do I need a death certificate to complete the funeral arrangements?
You do not need a death certificate if the burial is in Ireland.
Do I have to contact the church?
No, the Funeral Director will contact the Church for you, the priest will then contact you regarding your wishes for readings etc.
Can we have a funeral without the church being involved?
Yes. You can have any type of funeral you wish. There is no obligation to have a service of any kind.
Is it possible to delay the funeral?
With today’s modern embalming techniques, a funeral can now be delayed for a considerable length of time.
What is a Post Mortem/Autopsy?
Where a deceased has not been attending a Doctor or there is no history of illness it will be necessary to perform a post mortem to ascertain the cause of death.
Can I object to a Post Mortem?
If the post mortem has been ordered by the Coroner, you cannot object or stop it from taking place. If the Hospital authorities ask your permission to perform a post mortem, you are entitled to refuse provided that the Doctor is willing to issue a ‘Cause of Death Certificate’.
Do I have to pay the Church, cemetery fees, organist etc?
This is optional, but it is best to leave all the payments to the Funeral Director, they will then give you an itemised bill after the funeral.
Is the coffin used in cremation?
Can we have the remains back to the house?
Yes, the remains can be brought back to the house. We will provide a stand on which the coffin can be placed.
We hope this page gives you some peace of mind at such a difficult time, however if there are questions here that we may not have covered, please call us in the strictest confidence and we will be happy to answer your concerns.