Arranging the Funeral

Our services to you start when you contact us, whether by telephone or calling personally; and extend often way beyond the day of the funeral.

On initial contact we will ask for preliminary details, whereupon if the deceased has died at home or in a private nursing home we will advise the conveyance of the deceased to our private chapel.

We would then ask, at a time and place to suit the family, for the funeral director to call and arrange the funeral to a standard and procedure that meets the needs and requirements of those concerned.

What you need to know in Times of Bereavement

If death occurs at home

When death takes place at home there is usually a kind friend, neighbour or relative able to attend duties in the sick room.

Inform the Doctor

As soon as possible inform the doctor that the death has occurred. He/she may write out the Medical Certificate of Death when he/she visits the house, or may request you attend the surgery for this purpose.

When death occurs in hospital

When death happens in hospital the procedure is very similar. Apply to the hospital for the Medical Certificate of Death and not your family doctor.

The Coroner

In cases where the death has been reported to the Coroner the procedure is somewhat different. The Coroner and his officers are working in your interest. No doctor will issue a Medical Certificate of Death. This will be sent by the Coroner to the Registrar’s Office in the district where the death occurred, after contact has been made with the Coroner’s office.

How to Register a Death

Who can Register

1. Close friend of relative
2. Relative in attendance during last illness
3. A relative living in the district where death occurred
4. A person present at death
5. The person causing the disposal

Documents Required

1. Medical Certificate of Death
2. Medical Card if available or
3. Birth Certificate & information regarding date of birth

Information required to Register

1. Date and place of death
2. Full name of deceased (maiden name if applicable)
3. Date and place of birth
4. Occupation and home address
5. If married, full name and occupation of surviving spouse

Certificates

Disposal Certificate for the funeral director
Social Security Certificate to be handed in at the D.S.S. Offices with any pension books
Copies of Entry of Death for bank, insurance, solicitors

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, outstanding debts, grants and letters of administration. A solicitor could save you a great deal of unnecessary trouble and eventually save you money. If it is known that a will was made, it is important that the contents be ascertained as soon as possible after death as it may contain instructions regarding the funeral arrangements. A will may be among personal papers, with the bank or solicitor for safekeeping. If a solicitor has been consulted by the deceased in the recent past it is important that you contact them.

Consult an Independent Financial Adviser (IFA)

Shortly after a bereavement, financial issues are particularly difficult to deal with. This is where an IFA can help. It may be simply assisting you in valuing pensions, investments and life policies or getting involved in more complex estate and inheritance tax (IHT) planning. Common concerns include deriving income from inherited capital, investment of lump sums and releasing capital tied up in property to supplement the lifestyle of a surviving spouse. There are some actions which need to be taken promptly after death, for example significant amounts of IHT can be saved within two years of a death. Where there is no IHT to be paid immediately, prompt advice can result in tax savings for later generations. Informed decisions made in a timely manner can give flexibility, security and peace of mind.

The key is to consult an IFA who specialises in estate planning and understands the planning possibilities which arise post death. Most advisers offer a free consultation with no obligation enabling you to establish whether detailed advice is necessary, so there is nothing to lose from asking an expert for guidance.

Priests

Please contact your local parish priest. If you wish they will be happy to help and give support during and after your bereavement.

Floral Tributes

The gentle beauty of flowers expresses your personal remembrance and brings comfort to the bereaved.

Donations to Charity

If donations are requested in lieu of flowers we will accept and list donations on your behalf and forward them in due course to a charity of your choice.

Cremated Remains

At the time of making funeral arrangements, it is not always easy to realise the emotional benefit that is gained after the funeral by having somewhere to go, a place that you and your family can go back to, knowing that your loved one is there.

Memorials

At the time of making arrangements for a funeral, it is not always easy or necessary to determine what your future memorial requirements will be.

When the funeral has taken place it can take some months, depending on the condition of the ground, before the grave will be ready to take a new one.

We can arrange a memorial or additional inscription.

Take Care with that Final Gift

A memorial is not just a marker erected over a grave to remind us of the name of the deceased, it is a lasting symbol of remembrance, a tribute to a life now ended and perhaps a final gift to someone dearly loved.

Choose a design and material to meet the regulations of the cemetery or churchyard, harmonise with the surroundings, and choose a suitable inscription to withstand the weather. Remember, perhaps, a possible future inscription in matching lettering.

Take extreme care and check thoroughly any inscription spellings. The layout is usually left up to the stonemason.


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