Cremation now more popular than Burial – says Cork Funeral Director

27th September 2013
By Bryan T. Smyth

Changing trends in funerals in Cork has seen the number of cremations
increase in popularity recently, according to a Cork Funeral

John Keohane, of Keohane Funeral Directors, Cork, says he has observed
the changes in funerals in the last 12 months, and noticed a dramatic
increase in the number of cremations being carried out in Cork and
indeed, across Ireland.

“In the past year I have noticed a significant change in funeral
trends and it now seems cremations are more popular that the
traditional Catholic burial. In the last year, 75% of the funerals I
have directed, have been cremations and the majority of these funerals
have been Catholic” said John Keohane.

“Cremation is an alternative to burial and since the downturn in the
economy, people are now opting for cremations more and more, due to
significant cost savings they offer. The main difference in cost is
the absence of the purchase of the grave itself, which can cost
anywhere between €900 and €1700 in the Cork area, and in Dublin it can
go as high as €2700 to €16000

“Deansgrange Cemetery in Dublin for example, has been a burial ground
since 1865 and is now at capacity. There are therefore, only a
limited number of plots available in what is known as ‘The Garden’.”
John continued.

“Families are opting for cremations now more than ever as it is usual
to still hold an appropriate service in the church before removing the
coffin to the crematorium. Following the cremation, ashes are
available within 24 -48hrs. The deceased can then chose to bury the
ashes in a family grave if desired or scatter them in a place dear to
them once permission is granted.”

“People are now becoming more open to the idea of cremations as they
still get the traditional Christian service without the having to pay
high funeral bills. We have carried out many funerals and initially I
was surprised at the number of cremation requests, but nowadays it is
more commonplace here in Cork”. John concluded.

There are four crematoria in Ireland, three of which are located in
Dublin and the fourth is in Cork.

Keohanes Funeral Directors is an independent family owned and run
business. Set up by John Keohane in 2012, Keohane’s Funeral Directors
provides excellent care when families need it most.

Keohanes Funeral Directors is based on Copley Street in the former “OK
Engineering building”.

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