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Funeral costs: is it time to plan ahead?

By March 22, 2016 No Comments

You may not wish to stop for death, but as Emily Dickinson once so eloquently put it, it will kindly stop for you.

Yes, our demise is one of the few certainties in life. And yet so many of us do our very best to avoid all thoughts of death, dying or funerals.

This was Valerie Vetter’s experience some years ago when she lost both her parents. “When my parents died, I was very unprepared for it,” she says, recalling a visit to a funeral director which completely passed her by.

“I couldn’t take in what he was telling me; I found it just too hard,” she says.

So why don’t we take some time ahead of the eventuality – either on our own behalf or for our nearest and dearest – to do a bit of research and planning?

Well, as Vetter says, “we’re all in denial”.

But if you want move past the denial and accept the inevitable, what do you need to know?

For more or discuss any of the information above, please contact Peter by emailing [email protected] or contact your local branch.

The Irish Times article can be viewed here.

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.