Arranging a Funeral – What You Need To Know
At Tuohy Funeral Directors we understand that arranging a funeral can seem like a very overwhelming thing to have do. Especially as for most people, it will be for the first time. We are here to help you every step of the way. No matter what you need, or how personal the request, we will act on your behalf to fulfill your needs, and the wishes of your loved one, before, during and after the funeral itself.
We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. We do not use an answering service so your call will always be answered personally by one of our funeral directors.
Here we have outlined some information to help you – just click on the title to learn more. We will act on your behalf in every way we can, and will advise you on the arrangements and decisions you will have to make.
If you any questions, need us to come to you or are ready to make an appointment, please contact us today.
Registering a Death
To register a death, you must bring a Death Notification Form stating the cause of death to the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths most convenient to you. Deaths should be registered as soon as possible and no later than 3 months from the date of the death.
Once it has been verbally confirmed that the doctor is in a position to issue the Death Notification Form, arrangements for the funeral may proceed.
Death Notification Form
When a death takes place at home, in a hospital, hospice, nursing home or other institution, a registered , medical practitioner who attended the deceased completes Part 1 of the Death Notification Form (Medical Certificate for the Cause of Death).
Part 2 of the form provides additional personal details of the deceased and is completed by the deceased’s civil partner or a close family relative, acting as a Qualified Informant. If such a person is not available, the registrar has a hierarchy of people who can act as a Qualified Informant.
If the deceased doctor did not see the deceased at least 28 days before the death occurred or if the doctor is unhappy about the cause of death, he/she must inform a Coroner who will decide if a post-mortem is necessary.
All sudden deaths, accidents etc., are by law subject to a Coroner Post Mortem.
In the case of a post mortem taking place, the Coroner issues a Coroner’s Certificate of the cause of death to the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths and the death is automatically registered.
The website of the HSE provides provides detailed information on Registering a Death, including on who can act as a Qualified Informant.
Visit HSE.ie – Registering a Death
HSE.ie also provides the contact details of the Local Offices of Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths
Visit HSE.ie – Local Registrar Offices
If the deceased was an organ donor, you must act quickly if you are their nearest relative.
For more information read the Citizens Information guide to Organ and Body Donation
Selecting A Coffin or Casket
Choosing a coffin or casket is a very personal thing, and is normally made at a very emotional time. Most people find it truly difficult as it comes a time when they are struggling with letting go of a loved one.
At Tuohy Funeral Directors we will advise and support you in choosing the coffin or casket that is right for you. Our pricing is transparent and we have a very varied selection of coffins to choose from. Our designs range from the simple to the ornate, and come in a wide range of woods and finishes. All our coffins and caskets can be customised with a range of handles, linings and other fixtures and fittings.
Removals can take place from Tuohy Funeral Directors Funeral Home, your Residence or from Hospital.
Tuohy Funeral Directors’ Funeral Homes are especially designed to meet your family’s needs. We can facilitate your removal being open to the public or kept private – family only.
If you choose to have a traditional Wake at home, we will help you in every way we can. We will bring the deceased to our funeral home to be prepared for burial and then return the deceased to your residence, until it is time for removal to the Funeral Ceremony.
Most Hospitals would have a mortuary for funeral use. We can work with the Hospital on your behalf to arrange a removal ceremony in the hospital mortuary if that is what you want.
Most hospitals now insist on embalming. This would have to be done in our Funeral Home and then the body would be returned to the hospital mortuary.
Writing a Death Notice
A Death Notice normally appears in a newspaper, local radio and RIP.ie. We at Tuohy Funeral Directors understand how difficult it is to write the Death Notice for a loved one. And the importance of not forgetting to name a family member or close friend of the deceased.
We will work with you to write and forward a death notice to your chosen newspaper and radio station. We will also work with you to add the death notice to RIP.ie. A death notice may be added, and amended, at any time free of charge on RIP.ie.
Tuohy Funeral Directors will work with you in arranging the Funeral Ceremony that is appropriate to the wishes of the deceased and the needs of you and your family.
We can help you organise a religious service. This normally takes place in the parish church of the deceased but it can take place in a church or other place of worship of your choosing.
Alternatively, if you prefer a non-religious service, we will work with you to organise a civil ceremony to be held in our funeral home or another location of your choice.
Graves & Burial
If a family plot exists it should be used, and there is space in the grave for the burial, but you will need to show ownership of the burial plot.
If a new plot is required, we can advise you on the plots that are available to you.
The burial fees charged by cemeteries usually range from €700 to €1200, and are charged whenever a burial takes place. The cost of purchasing a new grave ranges from €1200 to €5000, although, in some cemeteries, new graves can cost a lot more.
If you decide on cremation, we will provide a cremation service tailored to your needs. We will also complete all the necessary forms and documents on your behalf, ensuring the service is as stress-free as possible.
The Crematoria available are:
We can organise a full funeral service with the Funeral Mass in your local church before we transfer your deceased to the crematorium of your choice, for a short prayer service in the crematorium’s chapel and cremation.
Alternatively we can bring your deceased from hospital/nursing home/ home directly to the chapel of the crematorium for the main ceremony and cremation.
We will also help you choose the urn or casket that is right for you. Families tend to choose an urn for scattering, a wooden casket for burial in family grave or a more ornate urn if the ashes are to be kept at home for a lengthy period.
Ashes are usually available two to three days after the cremation service.
Book of Condolences
Tuohy Funeral Directors supply a Book of Condolences for signing at the Funeral Ceremony.