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What to do when a death occurs

What should I do if a death occurs at home?

When death occurs, our personnel are available to assist you at any hour, seven days a week. Please call our main number 00353 (0) 45 865156 for assistance.

Will someone come right away?

If you request immediate assistance, yes. If the family wishes to spend a short time with the deceased to say good bye, it's acceptable. Our staff will come when the time is right for you.

If a loved one dies away from home, can James Hughes & Son Funeral Directors still help?

When death occurs away from home at a hospital, nursing home or any other location, James Hughes  & Son can assist you with arrangements and transfer the deceased to a preferred location. Please call 00353 (0) 45 865156 for assistance.

Funeral Cost Questions

What does the average funeral cost?

The cost of a funeral varies with each family. We find, that in 2013, the cost of a full traditional service, on average, falls between € 4,500 and € 6,000 exclusive of cemetery and/or crematory charges. This includes our professional services, transfer of remains, embalming and preparation, use of our facilities for viewing, use of facilities for ceremony, hearse, limousine,  coffin or urn. The cost of non-traditional service packages starts at € 2,700.

Funeral Questions

What is the purpose of a funeral?

Funerals provide surviving family members and friends a caring, supportive environment in which to recognize the death of a loved one, and to share thoughts and feelings about that person. Funerals are the first step in the healing process. The ritual of attending a funeral service provides many benefits including:

  • Providing a social support system for the bereaved
  • Helping the bereaved understand death is final and that death is part of life
  • Integrating the bereaved back into the community
  • Easing the transition to a new life after the death of a loved one
  • Providing a safe haven for embracing and expressing pain
  • Reaffirming one's relationship with the person who died
  • Providing a time to say good-bye

It is possible to have a full funeral service even for those choosing cremation. The importance of the ritual is in providing a social gathering to help the bereaved begin the healing process.

I've never arranged a funeral before. What do I need to know?

At some time in our lives, most of us will make or assist in making funeral arrangements. This will not be an easy time, but we offer these tips for smart planning:

  • Be an informed consumer and ask questions
  • Choose an independent funeral home and a professional funeral director
  • Discuss all service and payment options during the funeral arrangements
  • Be prepared and make decisions and organize details in advance of need
  • Plan a personalized and meaningful ceremony to help you begin healing

What do funeral directors do?

Funeral directors are caregivers and administrators. They make the arrangements for the transportation of the deceased, complete all necessary paperwork, and implement the choices made by the family regarding the funeral and final disposition of the deceased.  They are entrusted with the care of the deceased including preparation with or without embalming for private or public viewing.

Funeral directors are listeners, advisors and supporters. They have experience assisting the bereaved in coping with death. Funeral directors are trained to answer questions about grief, recognize when a person is having difficulty coping, and recommend sources of professional help. Funeral directors also link survivors with support groups at the funeral home or in the community.

What types of funeral services exist?

Every family is different, and not everyone wants the same type of funeral. Funeral practices are influenced by religious and cultural traditions, costs and personal preferences. These factors help determine whether the funeral will be elaborate or simple, public or private, religious or secular, and where it will be held. They also influence whether the body will be present at the funeral, if there will be a viewing or visitation, and if so, whether the casket will be open or closed, and whether the remains will be buried or cremated.

Why have a public viewing?

Viewing is part of many cultural and ethnic traditions. Many grief specialists believe that viewing aids the grief process by helping the bereaved recognize the reality of death. Viewing is encouraged for children as long as the process is explained and the activity voluntary.

Embalming Questions

What is the purpose of embalming?

Embalming sanitizes and preserves the deceased, retards the decomposition process and enhances the appearance of someone disfigured by traumatic death or illness. Embalming makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition, thus allowing family members time to arrange and participate in the type of service most comforting to them.

Is embalming required by law?

No. However, embalming is required when death is caused by a reportable contagious disease or when a deceased is to be transported from one country to another by common carrier, or if final disposition is not to be made within a prescribed number of hours.

Cremation and Burial questions

What are the principal types of cemeteries?

Cemeteries are usually divided into two categories: traditional cemeteries and lawn cemeteries.  Typically, a traditional cemetery has both upright and flat monuments, usually made of stone.  Lawn cemeteries are a newer type of cemetery in which monuments are allowed but kerbing and dressing of the grave with stones is not allowed.  They often feature expansive lawns with a variety of trees and gardens.

What are the cemetery regulations and restrictions for monuments and planting?

Every cemetery has different regulations regarding the size and type of monument allowed.  There are upright monuments made of stone and in some cases flat markers made of bronze or granite.  Our funeral director can assist you in determining the regulations and restrictions at a certain cemetery.  Many cemeteries allow for the planting of flowers at the grave.  Most have restrictions on the size and area that can be planted.  Other cemeteries do not allow planting, but will allow flowers to be placed at the grave if certain guidelines are followed.

Where can I get more information on cremation?

The number of people choosing cremation has increased significantly in the past few years, yet cremation carries a long tradition and remains largely unchanged. Cremation simply expedites the process of reducing a body to bone fragments through application of intense heat. What is done before or after the cremation is up to the survivors, or up to you. You can relieve the burden of these decisions by pre-planning your arrangements in advance of need so that your wishes will be honored. Contrary to what some people believe, Cremation does not limit choices, but, in fact, increases one’s options. It is a process which is performed in a respectful and dignified manner and can be memorialized in many ways.

We can assist you with the necessary information for a funeral or memorial service with a cremation.


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