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Funeral Information

General Information on the Funeral Process

  1. Death Certificate: A Death Certificate may be obtained from the General Registrar’s  Office at Lombard Street East, Dublin 2. ( www.groireland.ie ). Usually the death is registered by a relative who knows the details in relation to the death. The attending General Practitioner (Famiy Doctor)  issues a Death Notification Form which states the cause of death. This certificate must be taken to the Registrar. Other details required by the Registrar;
    • Full name and Surname of deceased
    • The deceased’s Personal Public Service Number
    • Sex, Marital Status, occupation and date of birth of the deceased
    If the death was unexpected or sudden which requires the Coroner to investigate the cause of death. Then the Coroner will register the death.
  2. Death benefit: The death Benefit is a Social Welfare Grant this is to help towards the cost of the funeral expenses the person that Is paying for this should apply to the Social Welfare Officer at their local Health centre, they should bring along a copy of the Death Certificate/Interim Death Certificate and a copy of the Funeral Invoice for this grant.
  3. Old Age Pension Books: Pension Books should be returned to the local Post Office. If there is either a husband or wife left behind and they are not divorced or legally separated they would be entitled to the deceased persons pension in full for a further 6 weeks. However, the pension book should be returned to the Post Office as soon as possible after the death has occurred and the 6 weeks pension will be sent to them in full within 2-3 weeks.
  4. Widows/Widowers Contributory & Non Contributory Pensions: The application forms and explanatory booklets may be given to a family member at the time of the funeral arrangements or may be obtained from our offices.
  5. Carer’s Allowance: If a family member/friend is on Carer’s Allowance when the death of the person they are claiming for occurs the person claiming Carer’s Allowance is entitled to the allowance for a further 6 weeks. However, they must notify the Social Welfare Officer in question and he will post them the 6 weeks allowance in full within 2-3 weeks of notification.
  6. Widowed Parent Grant: A Widowed Parent Grant is a one off payment to a widow with dependent children who has an entitlement to widow/widower contributory pension, Widow one parent family payment or a Bereavement Grant
  7. An Exceptional Needs Payment: administrated by the Health Boards on behalf of the Department of Social and Family Affairs, may be available to give financial assistance if you do not have adequate means to pay for the funeral.
  8. Should I consult a Solicitor: In most circumstances, it is advisable for you to consult a solicitor both to relieve you of many worries and to take control of wills problems of intestacy (when there is no will made) outstanding debts, grants of probate and letter of administration which may be required in order to access assessts and distribute to those entitled. A solicitor could save you a great deal of unnecessary trouble and eventually save your money. If It is know that a will was made, it is important that the contents be ascertained as soon as possible after the death as it may contain instructions regarding funeral arrangements. A will may be among personal papers, with the bank or solicitor for safekeeping.
  9. Probate: if an estate is to go to Probate it is recommended that a family member/executor or solicitor should do this. If you wish to contact the Probate Office they will assist you in every possible way. They can send out all the relevant application forms and explanatory leaflets.
  10. Burial or Cremation: The choice of burial or cremation is yours. There is little difference in the overall cost should the family own a grave. However, if a few grave needs to be purchased, then this can add significantly to the cost of the funeral. When arranging for the opening of an existing grave, please provide us with the grave number or failing that, details of the person or person previously interred in that grave. We will then make all necessary arrangements.
  11. Payment of Funeral Invoice: Funeral Invoice should be paid for within 30 days from the date of the invoice. Should a funeral account go to probate/ solicitor any available funds in Banking Financial Institutions can by law be paid to the funeral Undertaker on presentation of the invoice to that institution.

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