Phone: 059 9131237 | Mobile: 087 6217450 - 087 2535999

Arranging a Funeral

Caring for the deceased

Carpenter Bros. is committed to caring for the remains of your loved one in a dignified and respectful manner.

Clothing for the deceased

Many families prefer their loved one to wear their own clothes, uniform or religious habit and, on occasion, items of jewellery.  Depending on the type of committal, we will advise on what is suitable.


Embalming allows the deceased to be presented with natural colouring and the absence of odour and any other unpleasant changes which would otherwise naturally follow soon after death or if a death occurred under tragic circumstances.
For more information or to talk to one of our experienced funeral arrangers, please call us on 087-6217450 or Email:  We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


What to do when someone dies

Whether the death of a loved one is anticipated or unexpected, there are a number of things which must be done following a death in Ireland.

Who to notify

Immediately following the death, you should notify the next of kin and the deceased’s family doctor (GP).  You should also notify a funeral director, who will help you with the funeral arrangements and guide you through the decisions which need to be made.  Carpenter Bros. are available to assist 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  Simply call us on 087-6217450.
Most people die of natural causes.  However, if the death is sudden and unexpected, the Gardaí and Coroner may need to be informed e.g. if the doctor did not see the deceased at least 28 days before the death occurred or if the doctor is unhappy about the cause of death.  The Coroner will decide if a post-mortem is necessary.  If after a post-mortem the cause of death cannot be established, an inquest may be held.

Registering the death

To register a death, you must bring a medical certificate stating the cause of death to the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths most convenient to you, within three months of the date on which the death occurred.  The following information is required in order to register the death:

  • Date and place of death (which must be supplied as part of the medical cause of death)
  • Place of birth of the deceased
  • The deceased’s gender
  • Forename(s), surname, birth surname (if different) and address of deceased
  • Personal public service number of the deceased (PPS Number)
  • Civil Status of the deceased
  • Date of birth or age at last birthday of the deceased
  • Profession or occupation of the deceased
  • If the deceased was married, the profession or occupation of his/her spouse
  • If the deceased was less than 18 years of age on the date of death, the occupation(s) of his/her parent(s) or guardian(s)
  • Forename(s) and birth surname of the deceased’s father
  • Forename(s) and birth surname of the deceased’s mother
  • Certificated cause of death, duration of illness and date of certificate (which must be supplied as part of the medical cause of death)
  • Forename, surname, place of business, daytime telephone number and qualification of the registered medical practitioner who signed the certificate
  • Forename(s), surname, qualification, address and signature of the informant
  • If an inquest in relation to the death or a post-mortem examination of the body of the deceased was held, the forename, surname and place of business of the coroner concerned
  • Date of registration
  • Signature of Qualified Informant
  • Signature of registrar

More information about registering a death can be found on the General Register Office website.

Informing the Department of Social and Family Affairs

If the person who died was in receipt of a social welfare payment, including a state pension, or was a dependent on another person’s payment, you will also need to inform the Department of Social and Family Affairs.
More information on what to do when someone dies can be found on the Citizens Information website.

Death overseas

If a loved one has passed away overseas, please contact us on T:059-9143049/059-9131237 and we will make all the necessary arrangements to have their remains brought back to Ireland.

Funeral Flowers

A wide range of beautiful floral tributes can be arranged and supplied by local highly experienced florist who we work hand in hand with to make sure your loved one gets the floral tribute they deserve.

Funeral Music

There are many opportunities to play requested music during your loved ones wake, service and burial. We have music systems at both our funeral homes and also the facility to play music at the graveside. Most churches or funeral venues will have facilities for music and our staff will accommodate your wishes.


Carpenters Funeral Home,
Barrack St, Carlow
Eircode -R93 R1X2

059 9131237


Carpenters Funeral Home,
Maryborough St,
Graiguecullen, Carlow.
Eircode- R93 ET80

087 6217450
087 2535999