What should I do when a Death occurs?

Contact your Funeral Director who will ask you some questions so as to determine the next appropriate steps.  Typical questions are:

  • Where the Death occurred e.g. at home, in a Hospital or Nursing Home.
  • If a Medical Certificate has been signed by an attending Doctor.
  • Where the deceased will repose e.g. at home or in a Funeral Home.
  • If the deceased expressed a preference for burial or cremation.
  • The name of the deceased’s next of kin.

How much does a Funeral Cost?

Each Funeral is different and costs depend on a number of factors which we are happy to discuss with you.

Do we have to pay for the Funeral straight away?

No, the Funeral account will not be sent out until 4 weeks after the Funeral and payment can be made any time after that. If you find that you cannot make payment in one lump sum we are more than happy to talk with you about a payment plan.

What Grants are available to the Bereaved Family?

For more information on these grants please go to the following links:

What do I do with the Death Certification Form when it is given to me by the Hospital/Nursing Home/GP?

You complete side 2 of the Form which is entitled “Personal Details”. You then take the Form to any Registrar for Births, Marriages and Deaths in Ireland. (Usually the one in your City or Town would be the most convenient) and you officially register the Death

Who requests that a Death Notification Form be issued?

The next- of- kin and/or Funeral Director must receive confirmation that a Doctor is in a position to issue the Death Registration Form.

What is the difference between a Medical Certificate and a Death Certificate?

The Medical Certificate of the Cause of Death is signed by an appropriately registered Medical Practitioner when that Doctor can testify that the cause of death was natural illness or disease for which the deceased had been seen and treated by him/her in the 28 days preceding death. When the cause of death is something different from natural illness or disease that had been seen and was being treated, the case would be referred to the Coroner who would establish the cause of death.

A Death Certificate is evidence that the death has taken place and has been properly registered with the relevant authorities. A Death Certificate would be issued only subsequent to the cause of death having been established and recorded in either a Medical Certificate of the Cause of Death or a Coroner’s Certificate.

Who gives me the Death Certificates for Life Assurance Claim, Bank, Building Society, Post Office, Credit Union, Bereavement Grant?

The Office of the Registrar where you registered the Death will give you as many official Death Certificates as you need at €8.00 each.

Can I just get one and photocopy it?

No, you should get the number of “originals” you need for each financial institution or State Service.  They do not accept photocopies.

Can a Funeral take place pending the issue of a Death Notification Form?

Yes; once it has been verbally confirmed that the Doctor is in a position to issue the Death Notification Form, the arrangements for the Funeral to take place can proceed

Can Finlays Funeral Services arrange for a Repatriation of a Deceased from another Country?

Yes, we can make Repatriation arrangements from anywhere in the world.


When should a Death be reported to the Coroner’s Office?

Anybody who has reason to believe that the deceased person died, either directly or indirectly, as a result of causes that are notifiable to the Coroner must immediately notify the Coroner of the facts and circumstances relating to the death. The relevant Coroner is that, within whose district the body of the deceased person is.

Causes of death that are notifiable to the Coroner are deaths as a result of any of the following:

  • Violence or misadventure by unfair means
  • Negligence or misconduct or malpractice on the part of others
  • Any cause other than natural illness or disease for which the deceased had been seen and treated by a registered medical practitioner in the 28 days preceding death.

In addition, a hospital must notify the Coroner if a person dies some time after being hospitalised as a result of an accident or fall, even where the death is not directly as a result of the earlier accident.

Where a death is reported to the Coroner and is the subject of a post-mortem examination or inquest, the death will be registered when the Coroner issues his Coroner's Certificate directly to the relevant District Registrar's Office.


What is a Post Mortem/PM-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 exact 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 a post mortem taking place. If the Coroner orders a Post Mortem in most cases it means that there is no Doctor willing to issue a cause of death cert and therefore it would be impossible to obtain a death cert. If the Hospital authorities ask your permission to perform a Post Mortem you are quite entitled to refuse provided that there is a Doctor willing to issue a cause of death cert.

Do I have to contact the Church?

No, we will contact the Church for you; the Priest/Minister will take your phone number and contact details and will contact you regarding readings etc.

If the Deceased remains in the Funeral Home do we have to pay? Can we save money if we leave the Deceased in the Hospital or Nursing Home?

There is no charge for the use of the Funeral Home for any length of time. Like the Funeral Home there is also no charge to remain in the Hospital/Nursing Home (but do keep in mind that some Hospitals/Nursing Homes may not be able to provide the room you might need.)

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.

Are the Family required to attend the Funeral?

If the Family do not want to attend they do not have to.

Can we have the Remains back to the house?

Yes, typically the Remains can be brought back to a house.  We provide a trestle stand on which the coffin will be placed, in a room of your choice.

Can I have my Funeral paid for before I die?

Yes, this is possible.  We can take your requirements and base the quotation on current prices.  Please contact us for more information or to arrange an appointment to meet one of our Funeral Directors.

What is Embalming and why is it done?

Modern embalming, as distinct from what was carried out by the ancient Egyptians, is the injection of a combination of chemicals into the vascular system of the deceased. These chemicals have the effect of preserving the body until the time of commitment. Embalming is also insisted upon by Airline companies when human remains are being repatriated. Embalming is carried out with a view to preserving the deceased until the burial or cremation has taken place protecting all the relatives, friends and funeral staff from any unnecessary health risks and also enables us to present the deceased to the relatives in as close a life like appearance as possible and to make their last memory of the deceased as pleasant as possible.