Help towards funeral costs – The Bereavement Grant

Please note that the Bereavement Grant available from the Department of Social and Family Affairs has been discontinued.

Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to get assistance towards the funeral expenses under the Supplementary Welfare Allowance (SWA) scheme, which is operated by the Health Boards.  No social insurance contributions are required as payment is based on the means of the person responsible for paying the funeral bill.  You should apply to your local Community Welfare Officer at your local Health Centre before you pay the funeral bill, as the cheque will be issued to the undertaker/funeral director.  The SWA scheme also provides for Exceptional Needs Payments in particular situations.

For more information or to talk to one of our experienced funeral arrangers, please call us on T: 1800 740 000 or email E:  We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

“Just a short note to thank you so much for your support and help to us in organising our brother’s funeral recently. It was a great comfort to all of the family to have such a dignified funeral ceremony.

We particularly appreciated you advice on the liturgy for the funeral mass. Our thanks also to Rod and Peter for their courtesy and support on the day of the funeral”

Client of Massey Brothers