Mak­ing proper ar­range­ments gives peace of mind

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

FU­NERAL ar­range­ments is not a topic of con­ver­sa­tion peo­ple like to spend much time ru­mi­nat­ing over but life some­times de­mands that we make pro­vi­sion for sit­u­a­tions we would rather not com­pre­hend. Sadly, fu­ner­als is one as­pect we wish could be omit­ted from the list of pri­or­i­ties. The vast ma­jor­ity of fu­neral ar­range­ments are made by fam­ily or friends of the de­ceased which can be made eas­ier if the per­son leaves spe­cific in­struc­tions about where to be buried/cre­mated and the type of ser­vice that should take place. This can be done by mak­ing a will or by sim­ply en­trust­ing those around you with the nec­es­sary de­tails.

Seek­ing the ser­vices of a lo­cal fu­neral di­rec­tor will help you cope with is­sues like sen­si­tiv­ity, con­fi­den­tial­ity and a com­mit­ment to care, whilst leav­ing the cus­tomer in con­trol of de­ci­sions. Pro­fes­sion­al­ism and a qual­ity of ser­vice in ar­rang­ing and con­duct­ing the fu­neral is also one of the ben­e­fits of hav­ing a fu­neral di­rec­tor. In terms of buri­als, most plots are owned by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties who ap­point a regis­trar or care­taker to over­see the run­ning of each burial ground and in­di­vid­u­als can pre-pur­chase a plot in ad­vance. How­ever, one should con­tact the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in ad­vance as grave plots can vary in price and avail­abil­ity. Nat­u­rally, pre-ex­ist­ing fam­ily plots are also reused and the fu­neral di­rec­tor will of­ten ar­range this for you as part of the over­all ser­vice.

Re­gard­ing cre­ma­tions, it’s now es­ti­mated that 15 to 20% of fu­ner­als in Ire­land now take place in cre­ma­to­ri­ums. There are five cre­ma­to­ri­ums in Ire­land (three in Dublin) with the near­est to Kerry be­ing The Island Cre­ma­to­rium in Cork and the Shan­non Cre­ma­to­rium in Lim­er­ick which opened in June 2017. A fu­neral di­rec­tor will ad­vise you on the statu­tory and le­gal re­quire­ments re­gard­ing cre­ma­tions as some buri­als may be per­mit­ted out­side of burial grounds, such as fam­ily owned land. But it is worth­while seek­ing ad­vice in ad­vance as it isn’t as straight for­ward as one might seem and com­pli­ca­tions are sure to arise with­out proper con­sul­ta­tion.

In terms of grave­stones, there is usu­ally no short­age of stone­ma­sons and sup­pli­ers of grave­stones lo­cally to help you in your choice of mon­u­ment where prices, styles and de­signs can be pre-ar­ranged. It is also pos­si­ble to de­sign a head­stone your­self, but nor­mally the fu­neral di­rec­tor you em­ploy can ar­range the con­struc­tion and in­stal­la­tion of the head­stone. It is nec­es­sary to ob­tain per­mis­sion be­fore erect­ing head­stones, but the fu­neral di­rec­tor can ar­range things here also. Un­der­stand­ably, we all know that death is some­thing for which prepa­ra­tion is re­luc­tantly con­sid­ered. Al­though for many peo­ple, know­ing they have fi­nalised their own ar­range­ments in this world can come as a pow­er­ful source of per­sonal and spir­i­tual com­fort and it is worth tak­ing just a lit­tle time to con­sider this with those clos­est to you in life..

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