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The Cost Of A Funeral

If you're wondering about how much a funeral costs, we can help. The cost of a funeral is made up of two charges:

  • Charges by the Funeral Director, to include the coffin, the removal of the deceased, the embalming of the body, and our professional fee for the arrangement and co-ordination of the funeral.

  • Disbursements paid out by us on your behalf to include grave purchase, grave opening and closing, cremation fees, newspapers, radio stations, organist, soloist, church offerings and gratuities.

The cost of each funeral will vary depending on the funeral chosen. We will provide you with an estimate of the cost based on your wishes. Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time for details of the cost of a funeral.


Demand for cremation has grown significantly in Ireland in recent times. Today all the Christian denominations including the Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland allow cremation. In many respects it is exactly the same as the more traditional funeral rite, however there are some important and practical differences. When the funeral cortege arrives at the crematorium chapel, there can be a short committal ceremony following which the coffin is transferred to the cremator. The remains (ashes) are later placed in an urn for allocation. The options for allocation of ashes are:

  • Private allocation

  • Interment or scattering at a garden of remembranc

  • Interment in a columbarium wall

We will arrange and advise you on all the documentation necessary in relation to the cremation.


As professional members of the Irish Association of Funeral Directors, we are fully equipped to manage all aspects of repatriation including:

  • Obtaining the necessary documentation in the locality

  • Presenting the documentation to procure permits for the destination country

  • Preparing the body for shipment

  • Completing all travel arrangements

  • Advising on the costs involved


Embalming is a service both to the deceased and the living which is carried out by trained and qualified embalmers. Embalming is carried out with a view to preserving the deceased until the burial or cremation has taken place, protecting the relatives, friends and funeral staff from unnecessary health risks. It also allows the deceased to be presented with natural colouring to make the last memory of the deceased as pleasant as possible.

Other Assistance

A Widowed Parent Grant may also be payable if you are widowed with dependent children.

An Exceptional Needs Payment, administered by the Health Boards on behalf of the Department of Social and Family Affairs, may be available to give financial assistance if you do not have adequate means to pay for the funeral.

Support Services

In addition to ensuring a professional and dignified funeral service we are here to support the bereaved family with information on other resources covering areas such as:

  • You are not alone. This directory provides information for the bereaved and provides a listing of general bereavement services and specific services available to those bereaved by suicide.

  • Finding your way A guide for victims following the death or serious injury of a loved in a road traffic collision.

  • ISIDA Irish sudden Infant Death Association offer support and information and promotes research into the sudden, unexpected, often unexplained deaths of infants and young children.

  • Registry office Civil Registration Service & Civil Registrar of Marriages & Civil Partnerships Adelaide Court, Adelaide Street, Cork Opening Hours: Monday to Wednesday 9.00a.m. to 4.30p.m.;Thursday 9.00a.m. to 7.30p.m.; Friday 9.00a.m. to 3.30p.m. Contact: 021 4275126 Fax: 021 4270280; Email:

  • IAFD The Irish Association of Funeral Directors (IAFD) is the only representative organisation for funeral directors throughout Ireland. It was established in 1979 to promote excellence and expertise in the funeral directing profession and to foster cooperation between its members to enable them to provide a better service to their clients. Its members conduct 75% of funerals in Ireland. The Association is regularly consulted by government agencies, consumer interest groups, the media and the general public on matters relevant to funerals. The IAFD has an established Code of Practice which must be followed by all of it's members.

  • Citizens Information Death and Bereavement If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre, 80 South Mall, Cork Phone 0761 07 6950

  • Support websites |

+  Charities

  • Marymount University Hospital/Hospice
  • Build4Life
  • Irish Heart Foundation
  • Cúnamh Bon Secours, Cork
  • Irish Cancer Society
  • Mercy University Hospital Cork

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