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Frequently Asked Questions2021-03-29T15:49:35+00:00
Who should I inform/contact if someone dies at home?2021-03-29T15:53:22+00:00

This depends on whether the death was sudden or expected.

If expected, the deceased will have been attended to by his or her GP recently. The first/initial call should be made to this doctor who will be required to visit the home to confirm death has occurred.

If calling the GP out of hours, an alternative number may be given to contact a locum doctor. The locum will visit to confirm death has occurred. Your GP should then be contacted the following morning to advise that death has occurred. Once death has been confirmed the funeral director should be called.

If unexpected, the first call should be made to the deceased’s G.P. who was attending during his or her last illness. The GP may advise that the family contact their nearest Garda Station, as the Gardai may wish to contact the Coroner.

In the event of any death at home the family may also wish to contact a Priest.

What is the role of the Funeral Director?2021-03-29T15:54:16+00:00

The role of a Funeral Director is to arrange a funeral which fully reflects the wishes of your loved one and their family. They will deal all arrangements regarding the burial or cremation, including organising the burial plot, death notices and religious or civil services if you wish. They can also organise transport of the deceased, help with arrangements for the church service, liaising with those involved in these arrangements, e.g. florists etc. They will also assist you to obtain any documentation necessary both before and after the funeral.

If a Post Mortem is required is there likely to be a delay in organisation of the funeral arrangements?2021-03-29T15:54:52+00:00

Yes. When a post mortem examination is required, there would normally be a delay of 1-2 days. This may be extended if death occurs during a weekend or bank holiday. We will liaise with the hospital and Coroner and advise the family.

What is a post mortem?2021-03-29T16:01:27+00:00

A post mortem is an examination carried out by a pathologist after a death where is necessary to establish the medical cause of death.

The majority of deaths do not require any post mortem because the medical cause of death can be certified by a doctor who has been treating the deceased in the months prior to the death.

Who is responsible for making funeral arrangements?2021-03-29T16:02:05+00:00

The person who has legal authority to make funeral arrangements is the Executor – the person named in the will to administer the estate.
However, the responsibility can pass by mutual agreement to the next of kin or family friend.

My Mum/Dad are not religious; are there options for non church funeral services?2021-03-29T16:02:41+00:00

Yes. There are other options available such as a humanist service and we will discuss these with you.

Is embalming required?2021-03-29T16:02:59+00:00

We recommend embalming in all cases. We believe that the care and presentation of the body is one of our most important functions as Funeral Directors. We have a fully qualified embalming team to achieve the highest possible standard of presentation available.

I have relatives coming from abroad, is there a difficulty in delaying the funeral?2021-03-29T16:03:21+00:00

No. Once preparation and embalming has taken place viewing is normally available over an extended period of time.

Is it possible for the family to carry the coffin?2021-03-29T16:03:39+00:00

Yes. Traditionally many families carry the coffin into and out of the church. Six people are normally appropriate.

How much does a funeral cost?2021-03-29T16:04:26+00:00

The cost of a funeral will be determined by you and your family.

Funeral costs are broken down into two areas. The costs charged by the Funeral Director will include the cost of the coffin selected, transportation costs, and preparation of deceased and professional services.

The costs will also include payments made to third parties, such as Funeral offerings, gravemakers fees, newspapers, and florists, on your behalf.

The amount you spend on a funeral should be in line with what you or the estate can financially afford.

In all cases we offer families a detailed quotation of the estimated costs of their chosen funeral.

What happens if a death occurs abroad?2021-03-29T16:05:00+00:00

Daffy’s Funeral Home Croom have decades of experience in dealing with the added complexity of a death overseas and the task of returning the deceased home to Ireland.

Equally, we have extensive experience in repatriating someone who has died in Ireland back to their country of origin.

We will co-ordinate all documents required from coroners, embassies and airlines.

Does it cost more to be cremated than buried?2021-03-29T16:05:23+00:00

No, usually burial is more expensive. We will advise you of comparative costs.

Is the coffin cremated with the body?2021-03-29T16:05:41+00:00

Yes, it is. The regulations require that nothing must be removed from the coffin after it has been received at the crematorium.

Is it feasible to arrange a funeral in advance?2021-03-29T16:06:06+00:00

Yes. An Advance Funeral Arrangements Plan is a simple and practical way to help the people you love, and have left behind, to lessen their levels of anxiety, stress, and financial worry at a very emotional time.

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