A Traditional Funeral in a Modern World
The traditional funeral in Ireland is one of the most celebrated forms of death rite, acknowledged across the world as a unique cultural phenomenon, noted for the blending of sacred rituals and social solidarity.
We pride ourselves on doing funerals well and many of our traditions have stood the test of time. Family members share the duties, participating in the mass by reading prayers and readings, playing music, singing and shouldering the coffin. Neighbours gather round to help the family with everything from grocery shopping to car parking, keeping vigil and offering emotional support. When the circumstances allow, a traditional Irish funeral brings together a community of people to honour the life of the person who has died and support those in mourning.