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 rip.ie, provide information on bereavement grants towards funeral expenses and information on obtaining a death certificate etc.
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 www.civilregistrationservice.ie
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.
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 www.hospicefoundation.ie
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: www.anamcara.ie
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 www.gov.ie – 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.
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