Bereavement Services & Support

Here is a list of links to helpful websites, should you not find what you are looking for, please contact Griffin’s Funeral Home.

Acknowledgement Notices

The main purpose of an Acknowledgment Notice is to thank all those who have contributed to the life of your loved one and also to thank those who helped with the funeral service.

It is generally published 4 to 6 weeks after the funeral and can be published across various media outlets.

It can also be combined with the First Anniversary notice for those who need more time. Our staff can help you draft the wording and process the publication.

Mortuary Cards 

Mortuary Cards, if desired, are usually printed to coincide with the Acknowledgement. There are many variations e.g. Book-Marks, wallet size etc. We can advise you on the best options.


Deceased ashes are returned to us within a week of the cremation taking place. At this point the family can decide what they would like to do. The 3 main options are:


The ashes can be interred in a family grave of your choosing. We have a selection of burial caskets to choose from. 


You may also scatter the ashes in a place with special meaning to the deceased or over a family plot, where space may be limited. 

Keeping at home

Ashes can also be kept at home in a stylish urn of your choosing. Memorial candle holders, and jewellery items are also additional options.

Please see selection available from all options here.

Death Registration Advice

A death can be registered in the office of any Registrar of Births, Marriages and Death, irrespective of where the death occurs.

Registration should be completed as soon as possible after the death and no later than 3 months. It is usually registered by the next of kin or a family member, but can in special circumstances be done by the Funeral Director.

The relevant documents (Death Notification Form) are available from the certifying doctor, hospital or nursing home. These should be brought, along with Photo ID,  to the registrar who will register the death.

Limerick Office: Civil Registration Service, St. Camillus Hospital, Shelbourne Road, Limerick

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 09.30 -15.30. Telephone: 061 – 483907.

Although there is no cost to register, each original copy of death certificate costs €20.

Financial institutions will require to see an original, but it is acceptable to request a copy to be taken and the original returned.

All Civil Registration services nationwide can be found at

Financial Supports & Grants

The Bereavement Grant is not available anymore. It was a once-off payment of €850 to help with funeral costs. Eligibility was based on PRSI contributions, but seized on 31st December 2013.

Available Support:

1. The widowed or surviving civil partner grant is a once-off payment to widows, widowers or surviving civil partners with dependent children, or children in full time education. The current rate is €6000.

Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner Grant Form

Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Non-Contributory) Pension Form

2. There is health board assistance available through the Department of Social Protection Officers at your local health centre. This officer will consider the status and means of the claimant and the deceased. A tailored, itemised funeral account, in the name of the claimant will be required. A cheque, if issued, will then be made payable directly to the funeral director.

3. When a person dies while in receipt of a social welfare payment, the payment will usually continue to be paid to the surviving partner/carer for six weeks after the date of death, if they are a named dependent/carer.

4. Most Credit Unions have a Death Benefit Insurance policy for each member. On receipt of a death certificate and funeral account the Credit Union will pay this benefit directly to the funeral director. The amount varies depending on the credit union.

5. The experienced staff at Griffin’s are well versed in the difficulties and issues surrounding the financial situations which can occur after a death, especially when unexpected. We can guide you through these difficulties and ease the burden at such a difficult time.