Selecting a coffin or casket is a personal individual choice. Coady’s Funeral Home offer a large range of coffins to choose from, constructed in different timbers and a variety of colours. We can also offer a selection of different trims for lining the coffin. With cremations we have a selection of Urns and timber crafted ashes containers. These can be used for a memorial service with the ashes present.
PREPARATION OF THE DECEASED
Embalming is the art and science of cleansing, disinfecting and preserving human remains to make them suitable for viewing. Following death, it is normal for the remains of the deceased to begin to decompose. The rate of decomposition is determined by many factors, which vary from one deceased to another. Embalming, or hygienic treatment of the deceased involves the injection of sterilising fluids through the circulatory system.
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OVERSEAS SERVICE/REPERATION TO IRELAND
When someone dies abroad, a funeral director in the country where the death has ocurred will arrange all paperwork and flights for repatriation. It is sometimes necessary for a family member to be present in the country when this is being arranged, in order to give written consent for repatriation to take place.
Burial grounds (cemeteries) in Ireland are the responsibility of the local authorities, who operate many of them and appoint a registrar or caretaker for each of their burial ground to manage the sale of plots in that site, and in some cases to maintain the burial ground. If you want to purchase a burial plot, you must contact your local authority to get the contact details of this registrar.
Cremation is an alternative to burial when someone dies. All Christian denominations and most other religious sects around the world permit cremation. Some religions (for example, Orthodox Judaism and Islam) do not. There are four crematoria (that is, four separate crematoriums) in Ireland, three of which are located in Dublin.
We also compose the death notice and contact the various media outlets
– national papers, eg Irish Independent, Irish Times.
– Local papers eg. Connaught Tellegraph.
– Midwest Radio Death Notices which are broadcast daily on the radio or on their websit www.midwestradio.ie
Floral tributes can range from a simple rose to more elaborate wreaths. These usually take the form of a traditional circular wreath, or the more popular oval or diamond shape spray. Most families who wish for flowers prefer a large spray, from all the immediate family, which is placed on top of the coffin in the church. Other options for flowers include bouquets, or a hand-tie, which is similar to a bouquet, but tied with some ribbon, without cellophane, to wreaths which can spell out names etc. A lot of our clients prefer that other people attending the funeral do not bring flowers, but make a donation to a charity instead. This is usually conveyed through newspaper notices, in order to make people aware of this preference.
Musicians may be booked for church services. The usual preference is for an organist and/or soloist to sing appropriate hymns during the service. Other choices include family friends, . Some families also book a bagpiper to play outside the church, or at the cemetery or crematorium. We can also organise the musican for you. For Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterian services, an organist is all that is usually required, as the congregation sing the hymns.
It is a legal requirement in Ireland that every death that takes place in the State must be recorded and registered. Records of deaths in Ireland are held in the General Register Office, which is the central civil repository for records relating to Births, Marriages and Deaths in Ireland.
OPENING OF NEW OR EXISTING GRAVES
When burial is the preferred option, clients have two options;
1. re-open an existing grave, providing one is available, and there is space in the grave for the burial.
2. purchase a new grave – new graves can usually hold two to four burials, depending upon the cemetery, and the location of the grave in the cemetery. 3. We can organise the purchase of the grave and also the gravediggers. Burial fees vary by cemetery and are charged whenever a burial takes place. The cost of purchasing a new grave ranges from €360 to €1240A service that we can offer is to have the grave dressed for burial. This involves putting green matting and flowers around the opening of the grave, in order to provide a less stark setting.