Post Funeral

Our involvement with the family continues after the funeral. We ring families a few days following the funeral with a lot of post funeral information, we can place an acknowledgement notice in the newspaper or, provide information on bereavement grants towards funeral expenses and information on obtaining a death certificate etc.

Death Certificate

Depending on the location of the death, the next of kin will need to contact the G.P. of the deceased  or hospital doctor or coroner to obtain a death notification form.

Part 1 of the Form must be signed by the G.P or Doctor stating the cause of death.

Part 2 of the Form must be completed by the next-of-kin

This Form, having been completed should be sent to their local office of birth, death and marriage where registration takes place. Photo ID of the applicant and a fee will be required.

Death Certificate is then issued from the Registrar’s Office.  

Further information is available on

Sudden or Unexpected Deaths

When death is sudden or unexplained, the death would have been referred to the Coroner and a post-mortem examination would have to take place.

The pathologist, sends his report to the Coroner who, in turn, issues a Coroner’s Certificate of the cause of death. This may take a few weeks or months to be issued. While waiting for the form from the coroner the next of kin can contact the coroner and request an INTERIUM death certificate.

This is a legal document and can be used in some circumstances while waiting for the final death certificate. After the coroner issues the cause of the death, registration takes place as above in the civil registration office.

Useful Services

Irish Hospice Foundation in conjunction with the HSE have a new telephone line to support those who have been effected by bereavement.

The freephone number is 1800 807077 available 10am to 1pm Monday to Friday.

There are also a lot of resources available on their website at

We also have access to many Counselling service contacts and phone numbers if required.

Following the death of a child, Anam Cara helps support the bereaved families.

Anam Cara Ireland – Bereavement Support:

P. Townley & Sons Funeral Directors, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Financial Support

At the moment the social welfare may provide a supplementary allowance, this is means tested. The relevant application forms should be submitted to your local Social welfare office.

Forms can be downloaded on – Supplementary Welfare Allowance (SWA1)


State and private pensions should be stopped by the families as soon as possible.  This can be done by contacting Sligo on LoCall 1890500000

The surviving spouse can claim for a widows/widowers pension and may be entitled to a 6 week pension lump sum.

Dependent Children

If a parent dies and their children are under 18 or are at full time college the surviving parent may be entitled to a once off lump sum payment.

This information can be obtained by contacting Sligo on Lo Call 1890500000

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