A message from the Massey Bros family, relating to restrictions on ALL funeral services as a result of Covid19

In light of the current Covid-19 public health crisis, the Irish Government, The HSE, The Churches of Dublin, Cemeteries and Crematoria, have all issued instructions to Funeral Directors regarding ALL funeral services. These restrictions are being monitored daily and are subject to change.  The instructions are as follows:

All funeral services must be limited in numbers (less than 10) and are effectively strictly private. This means that services can only be attended by immediate family or by invitation of the family, whilst still adhering to the strict policy of 10 or less. We advise that you check with the individual suppliers on length of service and their particular guidelines as individuals may differ. Our staff will guide you via telephone please call 01 453 33 33 for clarification.

  • At these services and gatherings, there cannot be any shaking of hands, hugging or kissing. We understand this is extremely difficult for all families concerned, but we must adhere to these instructions for the benefit of everyone in the efforts to slow the spread of Covid19.
  • The wider family and friends of the deceased are encouraged to leave messages of condolence in the condolences section on the RIP.ie website.
  • Massey Bros intend on having “Ceremonies of Light” when we emerge from these dark days, in all of our parishes. We hope that may help bring some comfort to our families and an opportunity to honour their loved ones, in a way they would have wished to.

It is critical for everyone’s safety that we implement these clear instructions from our Government. We thank you in advance for your understanding and co-operation at this difficult time.

#TogetherApart #ItsInOurHands

The Massey Bros Staff & Family.

The Irish Hospice Foundation has provided a guide that you might find useful relating to funerals in these difficult times. Please visit their website here for more information.

Mary Cunniffe, manager of Massey Bros.,Templeogue, discusses honouring life everyday in the community with The Echo newspaper.

Mary Cunniffe, manager of Massey Bros.,Templeogue, recently spoke with The Echo on her work in Templeogue:

“Our team here in Templeogue do all we can to make that most difficult time of their lives as easy to bear as we can. There is a lot to take care of when a loved one passes on. We ensure families don’t have to worry about anything when they are in our care”

You can read the full article here (PDF)

Company Director, Susan Maguire, talks to Image Magazine about what makes working in Massey Bros. so rewarding.

Company Director, Susan spoke about her pride at working for the family business Massey Bros. in this month’s Image magazine:

“In our business, we are seeing people at their worst. Grief and bereavement no matter what the circumstances are extremely upsetting for people. If we can help, make that any easier, my job is done. I see this as my vocation, this was a job I was born into, helping people to say goodbye to their loved ones with respect, love and dignity.”

You can read the full article online here.

Update on ease of Government restrictions on funeral services, as of Monday 6th September.


Numbers attending funerals

From Monday 6th September 2021, all funeral venues (including churches, crematoria and other venues) can accommodate 50% of their usual capacity – this will, obviously, vary depending on the venue and our funeral directors will confirm exact capacities with the venues.

Reposings/Wakes

The 50% capacity rule also applies to funeral homes/chapels of repose. However, Irish Association of Funeral Directors is advising its members to take a cautious approach to the re-introduction of public wakes at their premises. From a practical point of view, it may be difficult to manage the numbers attending a funeral home and to prevent an unsafe situation from developing. Families should consider continuing with private reposings for family only or by family invitation instead.

The following safety guidelines should continue to be followed;

  • Mask-wearing in all indoor settings
  • Physical distancing
  • No hand-shaking
  • No condolence books
  • Provision of hand sanitiser
  • Use of directional and safety signage
  • One-way systems in funeral homes where possible
  • Regular hand-washing, coughing & sneezing etiquette and surface sanitising