Funeral Costs/ General Information

We understand that arranging a funeral can be a difficult experience for relatives and friends of the deceased.  We know that funeral costs can be a concern for anyone responsible for arranging a funeral.  It is our role to assist you in arranging a funeral which is both a fitting tribute to your loved one and which takes into account the family’s financial circumstances. There are two parts to a funeral bill:

  1. Funeral director’s charges
  2. Disbursements

1. Funeral director’s charges typically include:

  • The coffin, as selected by the family, either from our showroom or our brochure
  • Professional fees which cover:
    • Removal of remains from place of death to our funeral home for embalming, preparation, dressing and presentation of the deceased for viewing at the funeral home and/or return to the family home, or a chapel of rest at a nursing home
    • liaising with third parties such as: hospital, nursing home, doctor, coroner, Garda, priest, musicians for the funeral service, florist, embalmer, gravedigger, caterers, paper, radio and Internet death notice publications.
    • Grave marker, dressing of the grave and  condolence books
    • Attend, oversee and officiate during the course of the funeral.

Funeral director’s charges depends on a number of factors, one of these factors is the coffin selected.

Please note there is no charge for our Funeral Home as it is part of our service.

2. Disbursements, and expenses paid on behalf of the family, can include :

  • Cemetery/Crematorium charges
  • Church offerings
  • Death announcements in National newspapers and/or Local Radio
  • Singer/Music
  • Flowers
  • Catering

We can offer a low cost funeral to include the following:
Supplying a simple dignified coffin suitable for burial or cremation fully lined with satin & mounted with brass mountings, with name plate fully inscribed with name and date. Professional fees, including co-ordination of arrangements, consultation with the Family hospital, cemetery/crematorium and any other authorities. 

Supply of a hearse and funeral director from place of death to place of service and afterwards to the cemetery / crematorium. Plus Disbursements. For More information and pricing, Please contact us.


Thinking about your own funeral leaves most people feeling a little uneasy, but more adults are finding that preplanning a funeral offers great emotional and even financial security for them and their families. With preplanning, families find comfort in knowing that the funeral reflects what their loved one wanted. It also gives them peace of mind to not have to make important decisions at a stressful time. We can discuss all your funeral pre-arrangements from the type of coffin to floral tributes to catering, without the obligation of payment. We can meet you in your own home or at our premises. Please call us for more information on preplanning.

Funeral Grants & Payments

Below are a list of grants and/or payments available along with appropriate links to each, should you need more information please contact  Hammel’s Funeral Directors.

  • The Bereavement Grant
  • Exceptional Needs Payment
  • The Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner Grant
  • Occupational Injuries Scheme / Death Benefit
  • Dependent Parent’s Pension
  • Death of Social Welfare Recipient
  • Credit Union Death Benefit Insurance

1. Bereavement Grant

This Grant is no longer available for deaths that occurred after 31st. December 2013. For more info click here.

2. Exceptional Needs Payment

You may be eligible for an Exceptional Needs Payment to help you with the cost of a funeral if your income is low. Each case is decided on its merits by the Department of Social Protection’s representative (formerly known as the Community Welfare Officer) at your local health centre. The payment of this grant is discretionary and may be means tested. It is applicable mainly to those receiving Social Welfare payments of one form or another, including pensions. Application forms are available from your local Health Board Office and must be accompanied by the Funeral Invoice in the applicant’s name. For more info click here.

3. The Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner Grant

The Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner Grant is a once-off payment to widows, widowers or surviving civil partners with dependent children, or children in full time education. The current rate is €6000. Where to apply: Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Pension Section,
 Department of Social Protection,
 Pensions Services Offices,
 College Road,
Ireland. Tel: (071) 915 7100 
Locall: 1890 500 000 This information has been given by of Department of Social Protection and may be subject to change. For more info click here.

4. Occupational Injuries Scheme / Death Benefit

If a person dies because of an accident at work or occupational disease, Death Benefit may be paid to their dependants. It may also be paid to dependants if, at the time of their death, the person was getting Disability Pension for loss of at least half of their physical or mental ability, regardless of the cause of death. For more info click here

5. Dependent Parent’s Pension

If you were wholly or mainly dependent on your child for financial support, you may be entitled to a Dependent Parent’s Pension, if they die of a work-related illness or while receiving Disability Pension. This pension may be significantly reduced if your deceased child was married or in a civil partnership. For more info click here.

6. Death of Social Welfare Recipient

When a person dies while in receipt of a social welfare payment, the payment will usually continue to be paid to the surviving partner/carer for six weeks after the date of death if they are a named dependent/carer. Contact your local social welfare office for more information.

7. Credit Union Death Benefit Insurance.

If the death occurs of a current member of a credit union, who had joined between the ages of 16 and 70, they may be entitled to Death Benefit Insurance. The actual amount of insurance benefit may vary from one credit union to the other. The minimum benefit offered is €1,300 in the Republic of Ireland. Your local Credit Union will supply more details on this matter. For more info click here.

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