Thank you, Michael and his team was very, very nice and understanding. He worked with us, with everything we needed or questioned. He made this time of sorrow go smooth.
At some stage either during or after the course of arranging the funeral, costs will be discussed. A written estimate can be prepared when all choices are made and arrangements are confirmed.
A funeral account is broken up into two main parts:
1. Funeral Director’s charges
2. Disbursements (Expenses paid to third parties on the clients behalf).
Funeral Director’s charges are generally made up of the cost of
- Professional Services
- Removal of the deceased from Place of Death
- Care of the deceased
- The Coffin
- Transport to the place of repose
- Use of Funeral home if required
- Hearse and attendance for Funeral/Cremation
- Grave Marker
Disbursements would include amongst other costs:
- Cemetery/Crematorium charges
- Church offerings
- Death announcements in Local Radio/Rip.ie/ newspapers etc.
- Certificates if required
These payments will be paid by Robert Thompsons Funeral Directs on your behalf.
An Invoice for the funeral is sent out to the representative approximately 14 days after the funeral. Payment is generally expected within 30 days of date of Invoice. However, there are occasions when a Death Certificate may not be immediately available or Probate needs to be taken out before the account can be paid.
Robert Thompson Funeral Directors fully realise that this may happen and request only that you keep them informed of developments. The cost of the funeral has, by law, first charge on the deceased estate. This is why Banks, Building Societies, Insurance Companies and other Financial Institutes will pay the funeral account on the production of an Invoice a Death Certificate / Interim Death Certificate and relevant forms.
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Solicitors, at the request of the Executors will arrange to pay the funeral account even before Probate is granted provided the estate is in funds. Circumstances can vary from case to case so do not hesitate to contact us for advice on the matter.
Death Assistance Grant
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 or another, including pensions. Application forms are available by following the links below and must be accompanied by the Funeral Invoice in the applicant’s name. The Community Welfare Office decides if the full grants or part of it will be paid.
Funeral Cost Assistance
Widowed Parent Grant
This is available where a death occurs of a parent with dependant children.(under 18 or over if in full-time education). The Grant is paid when the widowed parent applies for the widow/widowers pension.
Occupational Injuries Scheme
If a death is work related or as a result of a prescribed illness a Funeral Grant may be paid under the occupational injuries scheme.
Occupational Injury Death Grant
If a spouse or partner dies while they are receiving a Social Welfare payment such as the state pension, unemployment benefit, disability benefit etc., payments will continue to be made for 6 weeks after the death. The local Social Welfare Officer can supply more details.
Any qualified member of a Credit Union is entitled to receive payment from the Death Benefit scheme. Further details may be obtained from your local Credit Union