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Not much has changed in Irish society today in relations to funerals. Nowadays in Ireland when someone passes away all the family members will gather together in the family home and mourn the death of their loved one. Funeral arrangements  won't be announced till anybody outisde the county is notified of the death. People will often travel home from great distances to say their final goodbyes to the deceased.

When a person dies here in Ireland the family will be inundated with callers to the home. First you will have your relations, then your friends, neighbours and finally the parish priest will pay a visit. When he arrives he will say The Rosary and spend some time with the family. People will bring food and alcohol with them which is still a well-known tradition today. Most counties in Ireland have a local radio station which will have a slot set out which will announce the deaths of local people a few times during the day.

Sometimes Irish families will decide to wake the funeral in the home not in a funeral parlour. The reason most people choose funeral parlours is it allows the family to set out a specific time for visitors to come and sympathise with them and another reason is the family get to spend some quality time alone. Unlike in a house, people will call at all hours of the day or night, unless you give a specific time when announcing the death notice on your local radio station. While the family are waking the body, neighbours might be asked to aid with digging the grave. Of course you can hire the church gravediggers, but again another tradition is to ask your neighbours.

When the funeral is in the home, another tradition is that the deceased person cannot be left alone for any time. Most families might take the decision to have a route which allows everybody a chance to catch a few hours rest during this sad time. Sometimes along with the family staying up all night along-side the deceased, you will have friends and relations who will stay and support you in your time of need.

The next day after the wake the deceased is taken to the local church for the mass service. This service could take anything from an hour to an hour and a half depending on the family. The priest will ask the family if anybody wants to volunteers to do Readings, Prayers of the Faithful or The Gifts. Along with these volunteers a choir service might be hired to sing hymns throughout the service. After the funeral mass everyone proceeds to the graveyard where the deceased will be laid to rest.

The last step in this funeral is that the family will organise refreshments  served in the local hall, pub or restaurant for the mourners who have attended the funeral.