One of the most stressful times in anyone's life is when the death of a loved one occurs. It is at this time we need the assistance of professionals such as Patrick O’Donovan & Son, that we most appreciate the added bonus of the "personal touch". We need to feel that our great loss is understood and that there is someone capable of interpreting our precise needs. The myriad of arrangements that have to be made at this time can and will baffle the most of us. However, at Patrick O’Donovan & Son we strive to relieve you of that burden by giving you the complete and comprehensive service your loved one justly deserved from laying out of the remains to the church service, the purchasing and opening of the grave, in fact all the arrangements necessary.
Memorial, acknowledgment, and book marker cards
Headstones, and inscriptions
Artificial wreaths and flowers
Grave dressings and replanting
Outgoing / incoming overseas shipments
Acknowledgment/Memorial Notices in all National, International and Local Newspapers
For many people, planning their funeral has become an everyday way of looking at the future, just like making a Will. Nearly 500,000 people in Ireland have taken out a funeral plan. Usually, they have known the grief of bereavement and don’t want their families to go through the stress of making arrangements. Many have established a relationship of trust with their local family funeral director. Who better to advise them on such a sensitive topic and assist them with all the details? We believe that the Independent Way funeral plan, which is available only through independent funeral directors such as ourselves, offers you significant advantages over other plans. The following pages explain the reasons why..
With the Independent Way plan, we will make sure that your loved ones will be spared much of the burden of organising a funeral. You’ll have specified every detail in advance and taken care of all the costs that are within our control.
No matter how much our services may rise in cost in years to come, once your plan is fully in place, neither you nor your loved ones will be asked for a penny more for them. It’s a guarantee that gives you peace of mind. You can be assured that your family will be spared what could be a financial worry. There are some costs that we are obliged to pay on your behalf. These third-party costs include the charges of cemeteries and crematoria, as well as the fees of clergy or officiants and the costs of newspaper notices and memorials. The amount of this expenditure is not within our control and may require a further payment at the time of need.
When you take out an Independent Way plan, you have the reassurance that your money is protected. You select how you wish to pay for your plan and, depending on your choice; your money is paid into the Golden Charter Trust. Your money grows and, when the time comes, we receive the payment, including any growth, and use this money to provide the agreed services to your family. No matter how much costs have risen in the intervening period, your loved ones will not be asked for a penny more for the guaranteed funeral director’s services included within your plan.
The Board of Trustees has appointed a wide panel of Fund Managers who invest the funds in a cautious and balanced manner. Barnett Waddingham of Glasgow, the consulting actuaries, appraise the Fund performance regularly. Funds are managed by a range of well-known investment companies.
Most people don’t want to think about arranging their own funeral. That’s natural. But there is some quiet satisfaction to be gained from putting your affairs in order and reflecting on the most appropriate arrangements. Many personal decisions have to be made. Your wishes are special – and you can be sure we will carry them out to the letter in association with Golden Charter, the UK’s largest provider of pre-paid funeral plans to the independent sector. We guarantee that your family or estate will not be asked for a penny more for the services you have selected that are within our financial control.
Professional charges. These represent a high proportion of a funeral director’s costs and include making all arrangements for cremation or burial. Conveyance of the deceased from the place of death to the funeral director’s premises, a chapel of rest or other suitable location
Caring for the deceased and attending to the hygienic preparation necessary to allow viewing, if requested by family or friends. Advice on the certification and registration of death and related documentation. Provision of a hearse and other funeral vehicles. Advice on bereavement counselling
Third party costs are not within our financial control. These expenses include the fees for the cemetery, crematorium and clergy or officiant, which will be costed at today’s prices in your plan. Your payment is held with a view to maintaining a level of growth at least equivalent to the increases in inflation. However, if at the time of need, the increase in the third-party costs is greater than the growth, we would have the option to approach the family for an additional amount.
Purchase of a grave.
Cemetery fee: the opening of an existing or new grave for burial or interment of cremated remains.
Hire of church or other venue.
Fees of organist or soloist.
Memorial, such as a headstone, entry in a book of remembrance or planting of a tree catering, floral tributes and newspaper announcements.
The Independent Way is recommended by the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors.
Golden Charter is the only funeral plan provider recommended by the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF), which was established in 1989 to serve the interests and needs of independent funeral directors nationwide
Golden Charter has been accepted as a ‘Registered Provider’ by the Funeral Planning Authority.
The Funeral Planning Authority was created in response to Government legislation protecting money paid by consumers for funeral plans. Customers purchasing a plan from a Registered Provider have the reassurance that they are dealing with one of the most reputable companies in the industry, one which maintains high standards and protects its plan holders’ funds.
A funeral plan created for you by your local independent funeral director
Tailor the plan to your individual requirements. Our funeral arranger will offer advice and assistance arranging your tailored plan