The information below is to assist you in understanding the complete funeral service offered by us and additional support offered by O’Neill Funeral Directors. If you have any special requirements please do not hesitate to contact us directly.
When a Death Occurs
The Funeral Director can relieve the family of nearly all their concerns during the arrangement of the Funeral.
For example we will:
- make contact with the hospital/nursing home, church, cemetery or crematorium;
- we will assist in composing the announcement for the papers/radio;
- we will assist in selecting the coffin;
- we will advise on the choice of clothing;
- we will arrange for transportation for the removal and funeral;
- we will advise and assist on decisions relating to flowers, organists, soloists, church offerings, clergy fees and gratuities
We believe that the care and presentation of the body is one of our most important functions as Funeral Directors.
Embalming is the sanitation and presentation of the body, achieved by the injection of a treated solution into the curculatory system. This returns a more natural appearance to the deceased.
Our Embalming Service is fully approved by the EHO
The Cost of a Funeral
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 (subject to deposit being paid) to include grave purchase, grave opening and closing, cremation fees, newspapers, radio stations, organist, soloist, church offerings and gratuities.
The cost 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. At your request we are happy to advise all costs are fully known to you and effect a budget that is both affordable and reflects the dignity of the whole funeral service.
Demand for cremation has grown significantly in Ireland in recent times. 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 commital ceremony following which the coffin is transferred to the crematorium. The remains (ashes) are later placed in an urn for disposal.
The options for disposal are:-
- Private Disposal
- Interment or scattering at a garden of remembrance
- Interment in a columbarium wall
We will arrange and advise you on all the necessary documentation necessary in relation to the cremation.
Please contact us for any queries on cremation.
As professional members of the Irish Association of Funeral Directors, we are fuly equipped and carefully manage all aspects of repatriation including:-
- obtaining the necessary documentation in the locality
- presenting the documentation to procure permits for the destination country
- prepare the body for shipment
- complete all travel arrangements
- advise on the cost involved
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries on Repatriation.
Non-Religious or Civil Funeral
Some families prefer to have a non-religious or civil funeral both of which we have extensive experience in arranging.
A non-religious service is without any religious content and is designed by the family with the assistance of a civil celebrant or Humanist celebrant. The service will usually consist of music, eulogies, poems and words or remembrance.
A civil service can combine religious content with the family’s own choices of music, speeches, In all cases we will arrange for a suitable celebrant who can facilitate, guide and assist with the ceremony. We can also advise on suitable locations.
Poems and words of remembrance.
If you have questions about choosing or planning a religious, non-religious, civil or Humanist service our experienced funeral directors will be more than happy to assist you.
Advanced Funeral Planning
More and more, people like to put in place their funeral wishes, so that when the time comes, there is perhaps less stress for those in charge of arranging the funeral, at what can be an emotional time.
We will meet with you in the strictest confidence at our office or in your home and will discuss, advise and assist you in all aspects of advanced funeral planning.
A copy of your wishes will be drawn up and copies can be forwarded to your solicitor/executor and therefore ensure that your wishes will be carried out when the time comes.
For any queries, please contact us.
We can provide information about additional resources available to the bereaved family e.g. leaflets and booklets exploring grief, self care reading materials,lists of suitable organisations and reference websites providing additional support to families at this time.
If any funeral director is ever asked about his most difficult funeral you will find it is usually the funeral of a child or young mother, we do not expect to have our young die before us, therefore it can be difficult to accept.
On a professional note at O’Neill’s we encourage families to take their time and not to be rushed. Our role is to assist and advise the family with their choices and always be compassionate, competent and prepared to listen.
Music is a personal and integral part of most funeral services whether religious or otherwise.
For religious services we can arrange soloists, organists and other musicians as required. Funeral ceremonies in Christian churches will generally be required to only have religious music and hymns during the service. A selection of suggested hymns and psalms for the Catholic Funeral Mass can be given by the celebrant of the service or you can view some suggestions below.
Non-religious and civil services can have live performed or pre-recorded music (on CD or electronic format).
A committal service in the crematorium (following a religious service in a church) provides a family with the opportunity to play an appropriate piece of non-religious music (on CD or electronic format). Live performances at the crematorium can also be arranged.
Pipers or other musicians can also be arranged for the graveside at cemetery burials.
Susan Donoghue, Annmarie Powderly, Faustina Sullivan, Gerry Mulroy, Rosemary Hussey,
Suggested Hymns for Catholic Funerals
This list is intended as a guideline only. There are many other hymns for funerals which are appropriate during a funeral Mass. If you require further assistance please contact us or consult the Organist/Soloist.
- Morning has broken
- How Great Thou Art
- Christ be beside me
- Amazing Grace
- Make me a Channel of your Peace
- Faith of our Fathers
- Hail Queen of Heaven
- Here I am Lord
- Ps 23 The Lord is my Shepherd
- Ps 27 The Lord is my Light
- Ps 32 May your love be upon us
- Be not afraid
- On Eagles Wings
- Ave Maria (Schubert)
- Ave Maria (Gounod)
- Ag Chriost an Siol
- As I kneel before you
- Lord accept the gifts we offer
- Gifts of Bread and Wine
- In bread we bring you Lord
- When creation was begun
- Come to Me
- Be Still for the Presence of the Lord
- I am the Bread of Life
- Sweet Sacrament Divine
- Like a Shepherd
- The Hiding Place (Liam Lawton)
- Laudate Dominum (Mozart)
- Panis Angelicus
- Pie Jesu (Faure)
- Pie Jesu (Lloyd Webber)
- The Clouds Veil (Liam Lawton)
- Nearer my God to Thee
- Going Home (Dvorak)
- In Paradisium
- I’ll walk with God
- Jesus Remember Me
- May songs of the angels welcome you
- Song of Farewell
- Queen of the May
Our Promise to You
As members of the Irish Association of Funeral Directors, we seek to provide at all times the best possible service to you, in a caring, dignified and sensitive manner.