In this section you will find some of our frequently asked questions. If there is any question not answered here please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
- If someone dies in hospital or a nursing home the doctor on duty will confirm the death, they will decide if a post mortem examination is necessary.
- Contact the funeral director, 042 9664498, 24hr service.
- Contact the next of kin, especially those abroad who may have to book flights.
- Locate the person's burial instructions and last wishes, if these exist.
- State authorities e.g. if the deceased was in receipt of a pension or other form of social security payment or health service.
- Insurance agencies and financial institutions.
- The deceased’s solicitor.
You must have made a certain number of PRSI contributions to be eligible for some social welfare payments. You may be eligible for other payments, if you pass a means test or if you are in urgent need. Time limits apply for many payments, so apply as early as is possible.
You cannot be expected to do everything right away, but if the deceased was getting a social welfare payment or you were claiming for them as a dependant or you were getting a Carer's Allowance to look after them, it's important that you notify the Department of Social Protection within the first few days of the death.
Notifying the Department does not mean the payment will be taken back immediately. In many cases, the spouse, civil partner, cohabitant, parent or carer may continue to receive a payment for six weeks following the death.
Help with funeral costs, you can get help with the cost of the funeral:
- The Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner Grant is a once-off payment to widows/widowers/surviving civil partners with dependent children. This payment was formerly called the Widowed Parent Grant.
- If someone dies from an accident at work, a Funeral Grant is available.
- The Bereavement Grant was discontinued in 2014.
Whether you qualify or not for one of the above grants you may be eligible for an Exceptional Needs Payment to help with funeral costs if you are on a low income. Each case is decided on its merits. The Community Welfare Service prefers if you apply before the funeral takes place, but in practice, most people apply afterwards.
In many cases a payment or a grant cannot be paid until all the necessary documentation is received. If you are claiming the grant, you are responsible for the production of certificates, documents and any information required, for example:
- Death certificate
- Birth certificate
- Marriage or Civil Partnership certificate (to prove your relationship to the deceased)
- Funeral receipts
- The deceased person's Personal Public Service number (PPS number)
- Your PPS number may also be required.
See the citizens information website – ‘benefits & entitlements following a death’ for more information.
Citizen Information (Bereavment& Death)
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Anam Cara (Supporting beareaved parents, regardless of the age of their child)
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