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Funeral Home: All Your Questions Answered 

Updated: Jun 6, 2023

Here at Hyland Funeral Directors, we have been offering the services of our funeral home to grieving families for decades. Throughout that time, we have done our utmost to create a sensitive and respectful safe space for families to express their grief. 

Frequently, a family that requires our funeral home services will have questions regarding this service. We compiled some of the more common questions into the blog below to make it much easier to access this kind of information. The below is by no means a complete list. If you have any additional questions, we highly encourage you to contact our Kildare funeral home today. 


A funeral home is a business that provides interment and funeral services for the deceased and their families. These services typically include the preparation and embalming of the body, the provision of a coffin or urn, and the funeral service arrangement. Funeral homes also often provide transportation of the body to the cemetery or crematorium. 

Overall, funeral homes are responsible for caring for all the practical arrangements that need to be made after someone dies so that their families can focus on mourning and remembering their loved one.

To enquiry about all our available services, please get in touch with us directly by email or phone.


The cost of a casket in Ireland can vary depending on the materials used to construct the casket and the level of customisation. However, in general, a basic wood or steel casket can cost anywhere from €1,500 to €3,000, while a more deluxe casket made of solid wood or metal can cost €3,000 to €10,000. If you're interested in a casket rather than a coffin, our funeral directors can discuss the cost in detail. 



In Ireland, it is generally expected that people dress conservatively and respectfully when attending a funeral. Suitable attire typically includes a dark-coloured suit or dress and a collared shirt or blouse. It is also appropriate to wear a tie or a scarf.

It is always best to err on being more conservative and formal in your attire, as funerals are a solemn and respectful occasion.


In Ireland, the length of time that a funeral home can hold a body before a funeral service is typically around two to seven days. This allows the funeral home to take care of the necessary preparations for the funeral, including embalming and dressing the body, and for the family to make arrangements for the funeral service.

It's important to note that if the death was unexpected or the cause is not clear, the Coroner may need to investigate the death before the funeral can take place. This may cause a delay in the funeral, and the body may need to be kept for longer.

Overall, the funeral home will work with the family to ensure that the funeral is held at a time appropriate for them while also ensuring that the body is treated with the respect it deserves.


When visiting a funeral home in Ireland, it is unnecessary to bring anything with you, as the funeral home will provide all the necessary items for the funeral service. However, there are a few things that you may want to bring with you to the funeral home, depending on the circumstances:

Flowers: You may want to bring flowers to leave at the funeral home or to place on the casket at the funeral service. Flowers can be a beautiful way to express your condolences and show your respect for the deceased.

Personal mementoes: Families like to bring personal mementoes, such as photographs or other items, to leave with the deceased. This can be a comforting way to remember the person and to say goodbye.

Donations: Some families may request that donations be made to a specific charity or organisation in lieu of flowers. If this is the case, you may want to bring a donation with you to the funeral home.


If you have further questions about a funeral home's role, please get in touch with us directly. Our sensitive and respectful team will be happy to answer any enquiries that you may have. 

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