1. The Bereavement Grant

The Bereavement Grant is not available anymore. It was a once-off payment of €850 to help with funeral costs. Eligibility was based on PRSI contributions.

Any families bereaved before 31st December 2013 were eligible to apply up until 31st March 2014.

For further details please contact:
Bereavement Grant Section,
Social Welfare Services Office,
Government Buildings,
Ballinalee Road,
Longford, Ireland
Tel: (043) 334 0000
Locall: 1890 92 77 70

This information has been supplied by the Department of Social Protection and Citizens Advise Bureau and may be subject to change. For the latest information, visit the Department of Social Protection or contact Griffin's Funeral Home.
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2. The Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner Grant

The Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner Grant is a once-off payment to widows, widowers or surviving civil partners with dependent children, or children in full time education. The current rate is €6000.

For eligibility rules and how to download the application form please click here.

Where to apply:
Widow's, Widower's
or Surviving Civil Partner's Pension Section,
Department of Social Protection,
Pensions Services Offices,
College Road,
Sligo, Ireland.
Tel: (071) 915 7100
Locall: 1890 500 000

This information has been given by of Department of Social Protection and may be subject to change. For the latest information, please click here.
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3. Death Benefit

If a person dies because of an accident at work or occupational disease, Death Benefit may be paid to their dependants. It may also be paid to dependants if, at the time of their death, the person was getting Disability Pension for loss of at least half of their physical or mental ability, regardless of the cause of death. For the latest information, please click here.
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4. Dependent Parent's Pension

If you were wholly or mainly dependent on your child for financial support, you may be entitled to a Dependent Parent's Pension, if they die of a work-related illness or while receiving Disability Pension. This pension may be significantly reduced if your deceased child was married or in a civil partnership.

For further details on how to apply and eligibility rules visit the Dept. Of Social Protection website.For the latest information, please click here.
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5. Health Board Death Assistance

A person applying for this assistance must be in receipt of a social welfare payment. This financial assistance is means-tested and is payable at the discretion of the community welfare officer (CWO).

An application form may be obtained in the applicant's local health centre. The CWO will then consider the status and means of the applicant and the deceased. The funeral invoice must be in the name of the applicant and all relevant details provided. A cheque, if issued, will then be made payable directly to the funeral director. For the latest information, please click here.
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6. Death of Social Welfare Recipient

When a person dies while in receipt of a social welfare payment, the payment will usually continue to be paid to the surviving partner/carer for six weeks after the date of death if they are a named dependent/carer. Contact your local social welfare office for more information.
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7. Credit Union Death Benefit Insurance

If the death occurs of a current member of a credit union, who had joined between the ages of 16 and 70, they may be entitled to Death Benefit Insurance. The actual amount of insurance benefit may vary from one credit union to the other. The minimum benefit offered is €1,300 in the Republic of Ireland. The relevant Credit Union will supply more details on this matter. For the latest information please click here.
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