If expected, the Deceased will have been attended to by his or her GP recently. The first/initial call should be made to this doctor who will be required to visit the home to confirm death has occurred. If the death occurs out of hours, an alternative number may be given to contact a locum doctor. The locum will visit to confirm death has occurred. Your GP should then be contacted during normal working hours to advise that death has occurred. Once death has been confirmed the Funeral Director should be called.
If the death is unexpected, the first call should be made to the Deceased’s G.P. who was attending during his or her last illness. The GP may advise that the family contact their nearest Gardaí, as the Gardaí may wish to contact the Coroner. If contacting the GP out of hours, normally a number for an out of hours/locum doctor will be given; once contacted they will arrange for a doctor to call to the house. The Funeral Director should be contacted at this stage.
In the case of a sudden death the Coroner may decide the Deceased cannot be moved from the home. They may request that a particular Funeral Director, under contract to the Coroner’s Service, be called to remove the body to the local hospital for post mortem. It is important to note that in this case, the family may utilise an alternative Funeral Director to make the funeral arrangements for them.
We will arrange a time for you to come and visit us or to visit you – whichever is most convenient to you. We will sit down with you and your family and will discuss what needs to be done next, at all times being conscious of the wishes of the Deceased and the family.
After discussing your requirements, we will arrange the funeral you wish for, taking care to organise every aspect of the event and deliver it at the highest professional standards.