Three types of grant may be paid when someone dies.
A standard Bereavement Grant is a once-off payment made when someone dies. Eligibility for this grant is not related to your ability to pay for the funeral. Eligibility is based on PRSI contributions. This grant will be discontinued from 1 January 2014.
You may be eligible for a Special Funeral Grant (under the Occupational Injuries Benefits scheme) instead of the Bereavement Grant.
In addition (depending on your circumstances), you may be able to apply for some other social welfare payments. For example; the Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner Grant for widows, widowers or surviving civil partners with dependent children.
A Bereavement Grant is a payment of €850. The grant is usually paid to the person responsible for payment of the funeral bill. (For example, the grant can be paid to the husband, wife, civil partner, personal representative or next-of-kin of the deceased person).
In addition you may also be entitled to a Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner Grant of €6,000 for widows, widowers or civil partners with dependent children.
You may be eligible for a Special Funeral Grant (under the Occupational Injuries Benefits scheme) of €850 instead of the Bereavement Grant.
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.