What to do when someone dies

The first thing to do is to contact Cummins Funeral Directors. We'll arrange a time that suits you to visit our office or for us to visit your home, whichever suits you best. Our role as the funeral director is to offer you all options in regards to the funeral, arranging everything in accordance with your wishes and those of the deceased. In that time we will talk about the requirements you need and the service we provide, your options and what suits you best. After this we will arrange the funeral you want, taking on the responsibility for organising every aspect of the funeral and delivering it to the highest professional standards.

Who to notify

Most people die of natural causes, however if the death is sudden or unexpected the deceased family doctor should be notified and the Gardaí and Coroner need to be informed also. If the doctor did not see the deceased at least 28 days before the death occurred or if the doctor is unhappy about the cause of death the coroner will decide if a post-mortem is necessary.  If after a post-mortem the cause of death cannot be established, an inquest may be held.

Registering the death

To register a death, you must bring a medical certificate stating the cause of death to the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths most convenient to you, within three months of the date on which the death occurred.  The following information is required in order to register the death:

  • Date and place of death (which must be supplied as part of the medical cause of death)
  • Place of birth of the deceased
  • The deceased’s gender
  • Forename(s), surname, birth surname (if different) and address of deceased
  • Personal public service number of the deceased (PPS Number)
  • Civil Status of the deceased
  • Date of birth or age at last birthday of the deceased
  • Profession or occupation of the deceased
  • If the deceased was married, the profession or occupation of his/her spouse
  • If the deceased was less than 18 years of age on the date of death, the occupation(s) of his/her parent(s) or guardian(s)
  • Forename(s) and birth surname of the deceased’s father
  • Forename(s) and birth surname of the deceased’s mother
  • Certificated cause of death, duration of illness and date of certificate (which must be supplied as part of the medical cause of death)
  • Forename, surname, place of business, daytime telephone number and qualification of the registered medical practitioner who signed the certificate
  • Forename(s), surname, qualification, address and signature of the informant
  • If an inquest in relation to the death or a post-mortem examination of the body of the deceased was held, the forename, surname and place of business of the coroner concerned
  • Date of registration
  • Signature of Qualified Informant
  • Signature of registrar

More information about registering a death can be found on the General Register Office website

Informing the Department of Social and Family Affairs

If the person who died was in receipt of a social welfare payment, including a state pension, or was a dependent on another person’s payment, you will also need to inform the Department of Social and Family Affairs.

More information on what to do when someone dies can be found on the Citizens Information website.

Death overseas

If a loved one has passed away overseas, please contact us on T: 00353872463377 and we will make all the necessary arrangements to have their remains repatriated back to Ireland.


  • Funeral Home
    Co. Mayo,
    F31 X236

  • Vincent Cummins 087-2463377