Funerals in the time of Covid-19 – as featured in the Irish Independent

“No crowds lined the paths, family members did not attend – the sad reality of not saying goodbye in the era of corona virus”

(Sunday Independent) Robert and Peter Maguire of Massey Bros walked together in solitude as we bade farewell to the “Colossus of the Liberties” the late John Gallagher.

It was our honour to accompany him as so many would have wished to. We too are brothers, sisters, sons, daughters Mother’s and Father’s. We can’t give you the funerals we know you want for your loved ones at this time, so we’ll be your family for now. We’ll continue to care for every single one of them.

#MasseyBros #HonouringLife #everyday #TogetherApart #ItsInOurHands

A message from the Massey Bros family, relating to restrictions on ALL funeral services as a result of Covid19

In light of the current Covid-19 public health crisis, the Irish Government, The HSE, The Churches of Dublin, Cemeteries and Crematoria, have all issued instructions to Funeral Directors regarding ALL funeral services. These restrictions are being monitored daily and are subject to change.  The instructions are as follows:

All funeral services must be limited in numbers (less than 10) and are effectively strictly private. This means that services can only be attended by immediate family or by invitation of the family, whilst still adhering to the strict policy of 10 or less. We advise that you check with the individual suppliers on length of service and their particular guidelines as individuals may differ. Our staff will guide you via telephone please call 01 453 33 33 for clarification.

  • At these services and gatherings, there cannot be any shaking of hands, hugging or kissing. We understand this is extremely difficult for all families concerned, but we must adhere to these instructions for the benefit of everyone in the efforts to slow the spread of Covid19.
  • The wider family and friends of the deceased are encouraged to leave messages of condolence in the condolences section on the RIP.ie website.
  • Massey Bros intend on having “Ceremonies of Light” when we emerge from these dark days, in all of our parishes. We hope that may help bring some comfort to our families and an opportunity to honour their loved ones, in a way they would have wished to.

It is critical for everyone’s safety that we implement these clear instructions from our Government. We thank you in advance for your understanding and co-operation at this difficult time.

#TogetherApart #ItsInOurHands

The Massey Bros Staff & Family.

The Irish Hospice Foundation has provided a guide that you might find useful relating to funerals in these difficult times. Please visit their website here for more information.

Mary Cunniffe, manager of Massey Bros.,Templeogue, discusses honouring life everyday in the community with The Echo newspaper.

Mary Cunniffe, manager of Massey Bros.,Templeogue, recently spoke with The Echo on her work in Templeogue:

“Our team here in Templeogue do all we can to make that most difficult time of their lives as easy to bear as we can. There is a lot to take care of when a loved one passes on. We ensure families don’t have to worry about anything when they are in our care”

You can read the full article here (PDF)

Company Director, Susan Maguire, talks to Image Magazine about what makes working in Massey Bros. so rewarding.

Company Director, Susan spoke about her pride at working for the family business Massey Bros. in this month’s Image magazine:

“In our business, we are seeing people at their worst. Grief and bereavement no matter what the circumstances are extremely upsetting for people. If we can help, make that any easier, my job is done. I see this as my vocation, this was a job I was born into, helping people to say goodbye to their loved ones with respect, love and dignity.”

You can read the full article online here.

Massey Bros. “Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning” raising money for Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services

Massey Bros. was delighted to take part in “Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning” to raise money for Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services.

Massey Bros held coffee mornings right across our branches over the month of September. We are a long standing supporter of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services and the wonderful work they do and it was great to share a cuppa with friends old and new in support of this most worthy cause.

Funeral costs: is it time to plan ahead?

You may not wish to stop for death, but as Emily Dickinson once so eloquently put it, it will kindly stop for you.

Yes, our demise is one of the few certainties in life. And yet so many of us do our very best to avoid all thoughts of death, dying or funerals.

This was Valerie Vetter’s experience some years ago when she lost both her parents. “When my parents died, I was very unprepared for it,” she says, recalling a visit to a funeral director which completely passed her by.

“I couldn’t take in what he was telling me; I found it just too hard,” she says.

So why don’t we take some time ahead of the eventuality – either on our own behalf or for our nearest and dearest – to do a bit of research and planning?

Well, as Vetter says, “we’re all in denial”.

But if you want move past the denial and accept the inevitable, what do you need to know?

For more or discuss any of the information above, please contact Peter by emailing [email protected] or contact your local branch.

The Irish Times article can be viewed here.

Managing a funeral home can be quite an undertaking

Managing a funeral home can be quite an undertaking, but with thousands of people depending on their service each day there is no doubt that the funeral business is a vital amenity in our society.
This week, The Gazette caught up with Ann Bradley, manager of Massey Bros funeral home in Crumlin – The Haven, to see what a day in her life is like.
Bradley has been working in the funeral business for the past 30 years and became the one of Ireland’s first female funeral directors over 20 years ago.

For more or discuss any of the information above, please contact Peter by emailing [email protected] or contact your local branch.

The Dublin Gazette article can be viewed here.

Community Care hits a high note

The Community Care Foundation was established by staff in Massey Brothers Funeral Directors five years ago to support community groups and families in need throughout the capital.

To date, the charity has raised more than €125,000, predominantly through concerts performed by the Friends of Hope Choir, which performed with the Dublin Concert Orchestra at the National Concert Hall this week giving the concert entitled ‘A Gift of Music’.

For more or discuss any of the information above, please contact Peter by emailing [email protected] or contact your local branch.

The Irish Independent article can be viewed here.

Update on ease of Government restrictions on funeral services, as of Monday 10th May.

Unfortunately, it is still not possible to have a large funeral as we still navigate the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. We understand how difficult this is for you the families we serve but the safety of everyone is our priority. We must play our part in the strict adherence to these instructions.

Only immediate family and close friends should attend the funeral.

No more than 50 people are permitted to attend the funeral service or be present at the graveside. Numbers allowed in Crematoria vary, your Funeral Arranger will be able to advise on exact numbers.

The numbers who may attend gatherings in our funeral homes is limited at this time. Again, your Funeral Arranger can advise you on the numbers as it depends on the size of the funeral home.

Face masks must be worn when entering our funeral homes. It is also recommended that they are worn in churches and crematoriums. When visiting our funeral homes for your safety, we ask that you provide your contact details for the benefit of track and trace.

Those in attendance will also need to follow social distancing guidelines. This means all funeral attendees must keep a distance of 2 metres apart.

Physical interactions including shaking hands and hugging must be avoided.

Those who are self-isolating or need to restrict their movements can not attend funerals.

Many of our churches have implemented streaming services so that family and friends can view the service from home. Please ask your Funeral arranger for details.

We encourage the wider family and friends of loved ones who have passed, to leave a message of condolence on our website www.masseybros/funeral-notices/

It is essential for the safety of everyone that we act wisely and adhere to these clear instructions from our Government.

From us all at Massey Bros we would like to sincerely thank you for your co-operation during these difficult times. #Staysafe