What should I do if a death occurs at home?

When death occurs, our personnel are available to assist you at any hour. Often, after an unexpected death the gardai will need to be contacted but if unsure we are here to arrange all that is required. We will visit at whatever stage or time that the family wish.

What is the purpose of embalming?

Embalming sanitises and preserves the body, slows the decomposition process, and enhances the appearance of a body. Especially important if death occurred by trauma or severe illness.

Embalming makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the burial, thus allowing family members time to arrange and participate in the type of service most comforting to them.

Is cremation a substitute for a funeral?

No, cremation is an alternative to earth burial and often follows a traditional funeral service.

What is the purpose of a funeral?

Funerals provide surviving family members and friends a caring, supportive environment in which to recognize the death of a loved one, and to share thoughts and feelings about that person. Funerals are the first step in the healing process. The ritual of attending a funeral service provides many benefits including:

  • Providing a social support system for the bereaved
  • Helping the bereaved understand death is final and that death is part of life
  • Integrating the bereaved back into the community
  • Easing the transition to a new life after the death of a loved one
  • Providing a safe haven for embracing and expressing pain
  • Reaffirming one's relationship with the person who died
  • Providing a time to say good-bye

It is possible to have a full funeral service even for those choosing cremation. The importance of the ritual is in providing a social gathering to help the bereaved begin the healing process.