The Bereavement Grant was a once-off payment to help with funeral costs. Eligibility for this grant was not related to your ability to pay for the funeral. Eligibility was usually based on PRSI contributions.
The Bereavement Grant has been discontinued and is not paid for deaths occurring on or after 1 January 2014. Applications for bereavement grants will be accepted up to December 2014, provided the date of death is before 1 January 2014. Note that applications for bereavement grants must be submitted within 12 months of the date of death.
The Funeral Grant under the Occupational Injuries Scheme will continue to be paid. The six weeks' payment after death (where the deceased person’s payment continues for 6 weeks to their spouse or partner who is also getting a weekly welfare payment), the Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner’s Grant of €6,000 and assistance with funeral costs under Exceptional Needs Payments are unaffected.
A Bereavement Grant is paid on the death of:
Note that if a pensioner qualifies for a contributory pension but chose to be paid a non-contributory pension at a higher rate, they or their spouse, civil partner or dependants are still eligible for a Bereavement Grant. Also, someone for whom the contributory pensioner would have been getting an Increase for a Qualified Adult, but for the fact that they were getting a non-contributory payment in their own right will qualify (for example, a contributory pensioner's spouse or civil partner who is getting a Carer's Allowance, State Pension (Non-Contributory) or Blind Pension.)
To qualify for a Bereavement Grant:
To qualify for the Bereavement Grant based on your social insurance contributions, you must have the following:
If you have at least 26 weeks paid PRSI contributions since you began insurable employment, you must also have:
This was a once-off payment of €850. The grant is paid by direct payment to an account in a financial institution.
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