Serving the People of Mayo for Over 100 Years

Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find our most frequently asked questions, if your query is not answered here please consider contacting us.

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Who should I contact after a death has occurred?
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Contact the Funeral director who will coordinate all the arrangements on your behalf with Church, Cemetery etc. The Funeral director will need some immediate details; name and home address of the Deceased, your relationship to the Deceased, where has the death occurred (at home or hospital), when and where the Funeral will take place and when and if the death should be announced to the public.
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Should I contact the Funeral Director in advance of an expected death?
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Yes the Funeral Director will give direction which may answer questions and guide you through the Funeral arranging.
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Can a Funeral be held over for a few days?
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Yes with modern embalming techniques, there is no difficulty with delaying the Funeral for a number of days where necessitated.
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What is embalming?
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It is the preservation of the body by the injection of chemicals into the vascular system to preserve the deceased for the duration of the Funeral. It protects the family and Funeral staff from any unnecessary health risks and improves the presentation of the body.
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What is a post mortem/autopsy?
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A post mortem/autopsy is carried out to confirm the cause of death where the Deceased has not been attending a doctor and has no record of an illness.
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Can I make advance arrangements for my own funeral?
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Yes you can phone our office, visit our Funeral Home or we can call to your home & discuss your wishes. This eases the burden after a death occurs when definite requests have been recorded in advance of a death.
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Can I pay for my Funeral in advance?
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Yes we have a facility for you to prepay your Funeral and Undertaker expenses.
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Can I purchase a grave plot in advance of a death?
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No, most cemeteries in the Mayo region do not allow pre-purchasing of grave plots.
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How much does a Funeral cost?
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We offer a wide range of Funeral packages and will give you a detailed estimate after receiving your personal request. Call Mr. Pat Donnellan directly on mobile +353 87 628 4143.
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Is cremation cheaper than a traditional burial?
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There is little difference between the two options. With burial you have to purchase a grave plot and as the Crematoriums are in Dublin the Journey from Mayo balances this cost.
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With cremation is the coffin burned?
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Yes nothing is removed prior to the Cremation.
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What grants are available to the Deceased?
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In exceptional circumstances a payment up to a maximum of €1,500 is available through the office of the local Community Welfare officer. A payment of €6,000 is made on the death of a parent of a dependant child or children. For further advice please contact us.