After a bereavement you may need financial support. The Department of Social Protection provides certain once-off payments to help families during this difficult time. Your local Department of Social Protection’s representative (formerly known as the Community Welfare Officer) deals with some of these payments. You must have made a certain number of PRSI contributions to be eligible for some social welfare payments. You may be eligible for other payments, if you pass a means test or if you are in urgent need. Time limits apply for many payments, so apply as early as is possible. If the deceased was getting a social welfare payment or you were claiming for them as a dependent or you were getting a Carer’s Allowance to look after them, it’s important that you notify the Department of Social Protection within the first few days of the death. Notifying the Department does not mean the payment will be taken back immediately. In many cases, the spouse, civil partner, cohabitant, parent or Carer may continue to receive a payment for six weeks following the death. Citizens information have all the up to date information here.