Frequently Asked Questions

1) Q: What is embalming? Is it required?
    A: Embalming is the preservation of the deceased through the injection of a treated solution into the                         circulatory system which replaces all bodily fluids. The purpose of embalming is to give the deceased a                   more natural appearance and also to prevent any advancement of deterioration or spread of bacteria.                   Whilst it is not strictly necessary, it is strongly recommended.

2) Q: Is it possible to arrange a funeral in advance?
    A: Yes. People have often come to us and planned their funeral in order to alleviate any additional stress and           worry to their loved ones. For more information simply click here.

3) Q: What is a Repatriation Service?
    A: A repatriation service is the process of returning a persons remains to his or her home country. We at                    Egans can guide you through the process. Simply get in touch with us and we will provide you with all the              relevant information.

4) Q: How do I aquire a death certificate?
    A:  - When a death takes place in a hospital, the hospital authorities will register the death and a copy of the                 certificate can be obtained from the local Registration Office.
         - When a death occurs at home, the next-of-kin receives a certificate as to the cause of death from the GP                 or doctor attending the deceased. The certificate is then taken to their local Health Centre.
         - In the event of a Post-Mortem, the coroner registers the death and a copy of the certificate may be                        obtained from the local Registration Office.

5) Q: How do I purchase a new grave?
     A: The majority of cemeteries do not pre-sell graves and will only sell when a death has occurred. In the                     event of a death, we can help you make the arrangements for a new grave.

6) Q: Should I purchase a single or double grave?
     A: The answer on whether or not to buy a single or double grave is a difficult one. There are many different               factors which should be taken into consideration before deciding. However, we have often had many                     families regret the decision not to purchase a double grave. Whilst it is a difficult thought, we recommend             looking to the future. Alternatively, contact us and we will do our best to advise you.

7) Q: Are home burials possible?
       A: Yes. Home burial of a loved one outside of official cemeteries, e.g. on family land, is possible. However,                  please note that it is a very difficult process and requires advance planning. An Environmental Health                    Inspector from the local authority's health department will visit the proposed burial site to ascertain                      whether or not it may pollute any water sources or drainage channels and goes to a depth of eight feel.                Contact your local authority for more Information.

8) Q: Are there grants available?
    A: Yes. Please click here for more information.

9) Q: Do we have to hold a religious service
    A: There is no requirement to hold a religious service. In fact, there are an array of alternatives including                     Humanist ceremonies. For more information, please contact us and we can guide you through the                         alternatives.

10) Q: Can family members carry the coffin?
     A: Yes. Traditionally, it is several (usually six) family members who act as pallbearers, carrying the coffin in                 and out of the church. Most people prefer to carry their loved ones on their final journey.

If your question is still unanswered, please contact us.

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