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Thinking Ahead – A Guide to Prepaid Funerals

Ask yourself a question: If you could attend your own funeral, what would it be like?  Up until recently, that is something most of us would never have dared or wanted to ask.  However, recent television programmes and media coverage, as well as the Irish Hospice Foundation’s ‘Think Ahead’ initiative, have started a national conversation on just that – thinking ahead.

Massey Bros. have been helping people to think ahead for generations and, to help you consider your options, we have produced a new booklet which explains the choices available to you.  To download a copy, simply click here.

So, what does thinking ahead involve?

Basically, two things:

  • Deciding what you would like to happen at your funeral


  • Protecting your loved ones against rising funeral costs

Deciding what you would like to happen at your funeral is the starting point.

Anything is possible, including a funeral overseas or one that takes place somewhere other than in a place of worship or crematorium.  We have listed below some of the key things you need to consider, remembering that all the time, the choice is yours:

  • Where would you like your funeral to take place?
  • Would you like your favourite hymns, music, readings or poetry to be included?
  • Who would you like to take part in your funeral service and what would you like them to do?
  • Would you like your remains to be buried or cremated?
  • If you opt for a burial, where would you like that to take place?
  • What type of coffin would you like?
  • What kind of hearse would you like?
  • What kind of flowers would you like?
  • How would you like your loved ones to travel to your funeral?
  • Would you like people to make a donation to charity in your memory?

Protecting your loved ones against rising funeral costs is the second key consideration.

Traditionally, people have been able to do this by making a once-off payment for the funeral of their choice at today’s prices, protecting loved ones against future cost increases which, as shown below, can be considerable when taken over several years:

The average total cost of a funeral has risen from €4,000 in 1999 to €7,000 in 2013.  Had you put your €4,000 in a simple bank, building society or credit union deposit account in 1999, by 2013 it would have grown to approximately €5,000, well short of what might be required. 

Because we know that it is not always possible to make a once-off payment, we have partnered with Insurances & Financial Services Ltd to create a new affordable insurance-based funeral plan which allows you to make monthly premium payments – the first plan of its kind in Ireland.

While this new plan still lets you plan the funeral of your choice, it also allows you to leave an extra sum of money to loved ones or to cover other expenses if you would like.

We are here to help you take care of every detail. To find out more, please contact your local Massey Bros. funeral home.

Deciding to plan your own funeral is the most thoughtful decision you could ever make.

Download our “Pre-Planning Funeral Guide” here as a PDF for more detailed information.

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