Cremation is an alternative to burial when someone dies. The most widely chosen option in Ireland is still burial of a loved one, although cremation is increasing in popularity. There is no real cost difference between burial and cremation.
There are four crematoria in Ireland, three of which are located in Dublin and the fourth is in Cork. Access to these cremation facilities is not, however, restricted to people living in Dublin or Cork. Anyone may arrange for a cremation to take place in any of these crematoria.
If you wish to arrange a cremation you should contact us and we will ensure that the statutory (or legal) requirements are met. Before cremation, forms must be signed by a medical referee who must be satisfied that the attending doctor viewed the body before and after the death, completed the medical certificate and the necessary form stating that there is no reason why the body should not be cremated. The attending doctor is required to examine whether or not the death should be notified to the coroner. There may be difficulties arranging an immediate cremation if the cause of death is unclear. A coroner may in this case complete a Coroner's Cremation Certificate which will allow the cremation to go ahead.
Similar to burials, it is usual to hold an appropriate service in your local church or place of worship. The coffin is then removed to the chapel in the crematorium grounds, where a short committal service takes place (similar to that at the graveside). The mourners take their seats in the chapel. The coffin is then brought into the chapel and the service begins. At the end of the service, the coffin is moved into the committal room and the mourners leave. Families may supply CD’s with their own preference of music to be played in the crematorium chapel
Ashes are usually available 3 to 4 days after the cremation service.