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 or Westdoc. 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 he/she may advise that the family contact their nearest Garda Station, as the Gardai may wish to contact the Coroner. In most cases you may want to contact the local priest to perform last ritual prayers. If contacting the GP out of hours normally a number for an out of hours/locum doctor/WestDoc will be given; once contacted they will arrange for a doctor to call to the house. The funeral director should be contacted at this stage. In the event of any death at home the family may also wish to contact a Minister of their faith.
Normally a doctor will be in attendance or called to confirm death. The doctor and or staff will confirm to the family whether or not a post mortem examination will be required. In most instances, this will not be necessary and the family are free to telephone their funeral director to make funeral arrangements.
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.
A post mortem (sometimes called an autopsy) 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, i.e. a GP or hospital doctor.
The person who has legal authority to make funeral arrangements is the Executor - the person named in the will to administer the estate. Meeting family However, the responsibility can pass by mutual agreement to the next of kin or family friend. It is important to understand that whoever signs the authorisation for a funeral service to proceed will be financially responsible for the funeral and the only person with the authority to make arrangement with the crematorium or cemetery.
If you wish to have a traditional church service you need to decide whether to have a removal to church the day preceding the funeral followed by burial next day or a removal to church and burial on the same day. We will discuss both options with you. A funeral can and should be a celebration of life. A 'good' funeral is one that is authentic, creative and meaningful in relation to the person who has died and those who are grieving. You can personalise the funeral service with readings, hymns or even the location. Our experienced staff will guide and assist you to arrange the type of service you want.
Yes. There are other options available such as a humanist service and we will discuss these with you.
Most cemeteries and crematoriums are open on Saturdays.KIlternan jpg With very few exceptions Sunday burials in Dublin do not take place. Some cemeteries allow burials on bank holiday weekends. Some do not including burial on the Saturday of a bank holiday weekend. We will advise in all cases.
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. Embalming combines the sanitation and preservation of the body. This is achieved by the injection of a treated solution into the circulatory system. This returns a more natural appearance and also prevents the spread of bacteria and advancement of deterioration
No. Once preparation and embalming has taken place viewing is normally available over an extended period of time.
Yes. Traditionally many families carry the coffin into and out of the church. Six people are normally appropriate.
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 cemeteries, crematoria, 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.
Of course. We will assist you to arrange donations to your nominated charity and include your request in the death announcement form.
We will co-ordinate all documents required from coroners, embassies and airlines.
No, usually burial is more expensive. We will advise you of comparative costs.
One medical certificate is required. We will coordinate this on your behalf. A charge is made by the medical practitioner for this. If the deceased had a pacemaker, this will need to be removed. Jewellery and glasses will be required to be removed before cremation.
Cremation is accepted by all Christian denominations, Sikhs, Buddhists, Hindus and Parsees. Muslims, Orthodox Jews and the Greek Orthodox Church do not allow cremation.
As with burial you can have a religious or a non-religious service or indeed no service at all prior to the removal of the deceased to the Crematorium.
The service at the Crematorium must be carried out within the time allowed by the Crematorium. Family and mourners gather at the crematorium at an arranged time.Mt Jerome The coffin will be placed in a position for everyone to view. The chosen service will commence. It may include hymns, songs, prayers and eulogies. Towards the end of the service, curtains will be drawn and the coffin will be hidden from view. If you would prefer the coffin to remain on view until everyone has left this can be arranged.
The coffin is taken into the crematory where the nameplate is checked. An identity card is attached to the cremator where the coffin is placed and is kept with the cremated remains until they leave the crematorium. The coffin is placed into the cremator and when finished, the cremated remains are taken from the cremator, cooled, and placed in a cremulator which reduces the remains to ashes. These are placed into an urn/casket available for collection.
Each cremator is only large enough to take one coffin. When a cremation has finished the cremated remains are placed into an individually identified container.
Assistance in the selection of a final resting place for the ashes is outlined in our post funeral section.
Yes. There is a strict code for crematoriums, which is usually on display in Crematoriums.
We forward our accounts normally 10 days after the funeral has taken place. Payment of our account can made at any of our locations, by forwarding bank draft or cheque by post, by bank transfer or by calling us with credit card details.
Yes. Please visit our Bereavement Grants section where details on all grants are outlined.
Generally, acknowledgement notices are inserted two to four weeks after the Funeral has taken place. We will assist if required in the drafting and publication of the notice.
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. It also spares you worry because, like making your will, arranging your Plan allows you to get on with your life knowing that, whatever happens, your wishes will be carried out by us.
Vincent Cummins



  • Funeral Home
    Co. Mayo,
    F31 X236

  • Vincent Cummins 087-2463377