Advanced Funeral Planning

It is becoming quite common for individuals to plan for their funeral for the purpose of ensuring their wishes are carried out and to minimise the stress on those left behind in terms of managing the funeral arrangements.

If you would like to discuss advanced funeral planning with us in strictest confidence we will meet with you at the location of your choice to talk through your wishes, to advise and assist in whatever way we can.

We will arrange to draw up the details of your wishes for your approval and to have them forwarded to your executor/solicitor for the purpose of ensuring your specified wishes are carried out.

Bereavement Grant / Other Assistance

As of January 1st 2014, the Bereavement Grant is no longer paid to assist with funeral costs. There are however other supports available, which you may qualify for. Please visit the Citizens Information website for further information about death related grants and schemes. Citizens Information Bereavement Information.

Widowed Parent Grant

A Widowed Parent Grant may also be payable if you are widowed with dependent children.

Exceptional Needs Payment

An Exceptional Needs Payment, administered by the Health Boards on behalf of the Department of Social and Family Affairs, may be available to give financial assistance if you do not have adequate means to pay for the funeral.

Funeral Costs

The cost of a funeral is made up of the following: 

The coffin, supplied with an engraved nameplate and fitted a satin frilled fall over side sheet and a swans down lining.

  • The transfer of the deceased from the place of death for embalming, the embalming of the body, preparation treatment, dressing and coffining for reposing at the funeral home/private home.
  • Our professional fee for the arrangement and co-ordination of the funeral.
  • Provision for removal from our funeral home/private home to the chosen location.
  • A funeral from this location to the crematorium or graveyard of your choice.
  • Supply of engraved grave marker.
  • Liason with doctors, coroners and hospital personnel, clergy, press, singers and organists.
  • Preparing of payments and gratuities, which may include Clergy, press, singers and organists, grave digger, civil celebrant and crematorium personnel. 
  • Disbursements paid out by us on your behalf to include grave purchase, grave opening and closing, cremation fees, newspapers, radio stations, church offerings and gratuities etc..

The cost of each funeral will vary depending on the funeral chosen. We will provide you with an estimate of the cost based on your wishes.

Support Services

In addition to ensuring a professional and dignified funeral service we are here to support the bereaved family with information on other resources covering areas such as:-

  • Support organisations,
  • Support websites,
  • leaflets and booklets on grief, support and self care.

Please see links below:

The Irish End of Life Forum.

Organ Donation Information.

Anatomical Organ Donation.

The Irish Hospice Foundation.



Coffin Selection

Advising and assisting in the selection of a coffin from our showroom. We stock one of the largest selections of coffins available on the market. They vary in price, from the most basic to the more expensive, all of which are on display, day or night, in their completed form. Prices are available upon request. Please feel free to visit the dedicated coffins page here on our website, where you can browse through a selection of Irish made coffins. 


Advising on flowers – we can order fresh floral wreaths on your behalf from our local florist. We also have a large stock of artificial wreaths, both plastic and silk, grave markings, crosses and Mass cards.We are always happy to recommend Flower Power Florists in Glounthaune and Floral Impressions here in Cobh. 


Demand for cremation has grown significantly in Ireland in recent times. In many respects it is exactly the same as the more traditional funeral rite, however there are some important and practical differences. When the funeral cortege arrives at the crematorium chapel, there can be a short committal ceremony following which the coffin is transferred to the cremator. The remains (ashes) are later placed in an urn for your use.

  1. Private Disposal
  2. Interment or scattering at a garden of remembrance
  3. Interment in a columbarium wall

We will arrange and advise you on all the necessary documentation necessary in relation to the cremation.

For a full overview of the cremation urns, keepsakes and memorial items we offer with cremation, please visit

 Cahill’s Funeral Home utilises the services of




Choosing a Soloist/Organist.

Catering Service

We provide a catering service where we can advise and help you to organise refreshments for after the funeral – costs to suit all budgets


Limousines are available for your transport to ensure comfort during this difficult time. To learn more about our limousine service please visit the limousines page. You may also view our dedicated limo hire website here.


As professional members of the Irish Association of Funeral Directors, we are fully equipped to manage all aspects of repatriation including:-

  • Obtaining the necessary documentation in the locality
  • Presenting the documentation to procure permits for the destination country
  • Preparing the body for shipment
  • Completing all travel arrangements
  • Advising on the costs involved
  • Arrangement of repatriation into Ireland and from Ireland to other countries. 

For assistance and information about repatriation assistance, please visit the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust website.


Assisting you in obtaining a Death Certificate and any other necessary documentation, both before and after the funeral.


Advising and arranging for the erection of a new headstone or having additional inscriptions or renovations applied to an existing one. If you have purchased a new grave, we will provide a suitable marker for your convenience until such time as you are ready to discuss the erection of a new headstone.
You are assured that we operate in the strictest confidence at all times.

Our sister company Cobh Memorials offers a full range of beautifully crafted headstones for you to choose from. You can view our headstone brochure by clicking here.

Liaison Services

Liaising with the Hospital or Nursing Home on your behalf.


Other useful Information

A comprehensive search engine of all graves in Ireland.

Cobh Credit Union

Cobh Credit Union offer death benefit insurance to those who meet certain criteria. Please visit their website to see if you or a loved one qualifies:


Grief & Healing Support

At a time that is incredibly difficult for you and your loved ones, it is important to seek assistance when you feel it will be beneficial. The team here at James Cahill Funeral Directors will be happy to provide you with information and recommendations for resources that may help.

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Cahill’s Funeral Home, Cobh

Coolamber, Newtown Road, Cobh, Co. Cork P24Y383.