Funeral Grants & Payments

Below are a list of grants and/or payments available along with links to each section, should you need more information please do not hesitate in contacting Ollie Burns & Sons Funeral Directors today.

  1. Exceptional Needs Payment ›
  2. The Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner Grant ›
  3. Occupational Injuries Scheme / Death Benefit ›
  4. Dependent Parent’s Pension ›
  5. Death of Social Welfare Recipient ›
  6. Credit Union Death Benefit Insurance ›

Exceptional Needs Payment

You may be eligible for an Exceptional Needs Payment to help you with the cost of a funeral if your income is low. Each case is decided on its merits by the Department of Social Protection's representative (formerly known as the Community Welfare Officer) at your local health centre. The payment of this grant is discretionary and may be means-tested. It is applicable mainly to those receiving Social Welfare payments of one form or another, including pensions. Application forms are available from your local Health Board Office and must be accompanied by the Funeral Invoice in the applicant’s name. You should apply for funeral assistance before the funeral takes place, however, if this is not possible, you should apply as soon as possible afterwards.

Who to contact:

Community Welfare Service,
Health Centre,
Vicar Street,
Co. Galway.
Opening Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – 9:30 to 12:30
Tel: (093) 37204

The Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner Grant

The Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner Grant is a once-off payment to widows, widowers or surviving civil partners with dependent children, or children in full time education. For the purpose of this grant a qualified child is a child up to the age of 18, who is living in Ireland and who is living with you. A child aged between 18 and 22 who is living in Ireland continues to be a qualified child provided they are in full-time education at a recognised school or college. This grant is a once-off payment rate of €8,000 (since 1st January 2021).

Where to apply:

Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Pension Section,
Department of Social Protection,
Pensions Services Offices,
College Road,
Tel: (071) 915 7100
Lo-Call: 1890 500 000

This information has been distributed by the Department of Social Protection and may be subject to change.

Occupational Injuries Scheme / Death Benefit

If a person dies because of an accident at work or occupational disease, Death Benefit may be paid to their dependants. It may also be paid to dependants if, at the time of their death, the person was getting Disability Pension for loss of at least half of their physical or mental ability, regardless of the cause of death. If the deceased person meets the conditions, a special Funeral Grant can be paid to the person who pays for the funeral expenses. Contact Ollie Burns Funeral Directors for payment rates.

Where to apply:

Social Welfare Services Office,
Government Buildings,
Ballinalee Road,
Tel: (043) 334 0000
Lo-Call: 1890 927 770

Dependent Parent’s Pension

If you were wholly or mainly dependent on your child for financial support, you may be entitled to a Dependent Parent's Pension, if they die of a work-related illness or while receiving Disability Pension. This pension may be significantly reduced if your deceased child was married or in a civil partnership.

Death of Social Welfare Recipient

When a person dies while in receipt of a social welfare payment, the payment will usually continue to be paid to the surviving partner/carer for six weeks after the date of death if they are a named dependent/carer. Contact your local social welfare office for more information.

Who to contact:

Social Welfare Branch Office,
Church View,
Corralea West,
Co. Galway.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday – 9:30 to 12:00 and 2:00 to 4:00
Tel: (093) 70940

For more information, contact us today.

Credit Union Death Benefit Insurance

If the death occurs of a current member of a credit union, who had joined between the ages of 16 and 70, they may be entitled to Death Benefit Insurance (DBI). The actual amount of insurance benefit may vary from one credit union to the other. The benefit offered is €1,300 in the Republic of Ireland. Your local Credit Union will supply more details on this matter.

Who to contact:

St. Jarlath’s Credit Union,
Credit Union Hermitage,
Dublin Road,
Co. Galway.
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday – 10:00 to 5:00, Friday – 10:00 to 5:30 and Saturday – 10:00 to 2:30
Tel: (093) 24645

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