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Burial & Cremation & Resomation

A significant decision you need to make is whether your loved one is to be buried or cremated.



If you choose burial you will either need to re-open an existing grave or purchase a new grave. Family graves can usually accommodate at least three adult burials, depending on the cemetery.

When purchasing a new grave many cemeteries offer a choice of locations and prices, in which case we will arrange for the family to visit the cemetery to select a grave.

New graves are available for purchase in most Dublin City and County cemeteries, details of which are available here.

Whether you are purchasing a new grave or opening an existing one there will be an opening fee, of which our staff will advise you when making funeral arrangements.


mount-jerome-crematorium-dublinThere is documentation to be completed before a cremation can take place - we will arrange all of this for you.

There are four crematoria in Dublin;

-   Dardistown
-   Glasnevin
-   Mount Jerome (Harold's Cross)
-   Newlands Cross

Each location has chapels where a cremation service can be held. The service is either a short committal service or a full service.

Committal Service

A committal service is conducted when there has been a church service or funeral Mass before arriving at the crematorium. The committal service lasts about 10 to 15 minutes and is conducted by a member of the clergy following a standard religious format, not dis-similar to what takes place at a cemetery burial. There is usually an option to play non-religious music at this type of service.

Full Service Funerals

A full service does not have a prior church service or funeral Mass and usually lasts about 40 minutes.glasnevin1
Full services can normally only be facilitated in the afternoon.  There are three types of full service;

  • Full religious service - instead of using a church the family chooses to have a full religious service in the crematorium chapel. 
  • Non-religious service - this is a service, without any religious content, designed by the family with the assistance of a civil celebrant or Humanist celebrant. The service will usually consist of music, eulogies, poems and words or remembrance.
  • Civil Service - many families want a service which combines elements of the two above - some religious content coupled with their own choices of music, speeches, poems and words of remembrance.

In all cases we will arrange for a suitable celebrant who can facilitate, guide and assist with the ceremony.

Non Service Funerals

These are funerals that have no service at the crematorium. The deceased is taken directly for cremation.

Assistance in the selection of a final resting place for the ashes is outlined in our Post Funeral Section.

Resomation - Pure Reflections

 Pure Reflections are based in Navan, Co. Meath. They provide a 3rd option of appropriate committal of a deceased person. There is Burial, Cremation and now Resomation.

  •  The process is described as non-flame water cremation and uses an alkaline hydrolysis solution. The quantity of ash returned by Pure Reflections matches that of traditional cremation. 
  • The water used in the process is put through a filtration and cleaning process.
  • The cost of the process to the family is €1,500.00 and this includes a well-designed urn and presentation box.
  • There is a chapel facility on site available for a committal service - or full service  (located at Fox's Funeral Home, Navan). This space can hold approximately 60 people. There are approx. 20 cars spaces available there. Some families may choose to go on the journey from Dublin to Navan, others may decide to forego this, and we will transport the deceased in the coffin directly to Navan (unattended committal).
  •  The coffin, following the funeral, will be re-purposed by a recycling company, using solid timber to make other items such as the urns they provide for the ashes, the presentation box containing the urn, and the MDF's or veneers in the majority of coffins will be used as wood-pellets for heating systems.
  • Is this eco-friendly? - Yes,  clothing and coffins are recycled/re-purposed. From their website: For every Resomation service, Pure Reflections donate to the Native Woodland Trust to secure a square foot of land in the ancient woodlands under the name of the deceased. This act serves as a lasting tribute to your loved ones while actively contributing to the conservation of Ireland's natural heritage.


Please have a look at the Pure Reflections website for more information: https://www.purereflections.ie/

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