Phase 3 Re-opening – Guidelines for Funeral Directors

As part of the guidance for phase 3 re-opening, The Irish Government, The HSE, The Churches of Dublin, Cemeteries and Crematoria, have all issued very clear instructions to Funeral Directors regarding all funeral services. These are as follows:

Unfortunately, it is still not possible to have a large funeral during the coronavirus pandemic. We understand this is extremely difficult for the families that we serve. However safety for you and our staff is our primary concern.

Unfortunately, Coronavirus is still active in our community and we all must do our part in order to contain the pandemic by adhering to the guidelines laid out by the HSE and our government.

Only immediate family and close friends should attend the funeral. Although there has been an increase in numbers allowed, in order to adhere to social distancing in our premises we may not be in a position to permit that amount.

Gatherings in our funeral homes will still be limited and monitored by our staff in order to keep everyone at a safe distance.

Those in attendance will also need to follow social distancing guidelines. This means all funeral attendees must keep a distance of 2 metres apart.

Physical interactions including shaking hands and hugging must still be avoided.

Those who are self-isolating or need to restrict their movements should not attend funerals.

The wider family and friends of the deceased are encouraged to leave messages of condolences on Massey Bros website which we will forward on to the family on your behalf – please click here.

We ask that you continue to use hand sanitizer provided and to use a face mask when social distancing is not possible. Our staff will do the same.

It is critical for us all that we act wisely and that we implement these clear instructions from our Government. We will continue to keep you informed as we are made aware of new protocols as they arise. We thank you for your co-operation during these unprecedented times.

If you need any further clarification please contact our head office directly on 01 453 33 33.

We are all in this together, let’s continue to keep each other safe.

Massey Bros family and staff.


Update on ease of Government restrictions on funeral services, as of Monday 6th September.

Numbers attending funerals

From Monday 6th September 2021, all funeral venues (including churches, crematoria and other venues) can accommodate 50% of their usual capacity – this will, obviously, vary depending on the venue and our funeral directors will confirm exact capacities with the venues.


The 50% capacity rule also applies to funeral homes/chapels of repose. However, Irish Association of Funeral Directors is advising its members to take a cautious approach to the re-introduction of public wakes at their premises. From a practical point of view, it may be difficult to manage the numbers attending a funeral home and to prevent an unsafe situation from developing. Families should consider continuing with private reposings for family only or by family invitation instead.

The following safety guidelines should continue to be followed;

  • Mask-wearing in all indoor settings
  • Physical distancing
  • No hand-shaking
  • No condolence books
  • Provision of hand sanitiser
  • Use of directional and safety signage
  • One-way systems in funeral homes where possible
  • Regular hand-washing, coughing & sneezing etiquette and surface sanitising