Burial or Cremation

The death of a loved one is an emotional time whenever and however it happens.

At O’Connell Funeral Directors, we know that there are many things you need to consider regarding your loved one’s funeral. 

Perhaps the most significant decision to be made is burial or cremation? Often, people are spared that choice if the person who has died has expressed their wishes either way in life, but if that is not the case, we can advise fully on the practicalities of what both options involve and help you to decide.


When you choose burial for your loved one, you will need to either purchase a new grave or re-open an existing one. An existing family grave usually accommodates up to four adult burials, but we can help clarify that with the cemetery on your behalf.

Where a new grave is required, we will make arrangements on your behalf to meet with the cemetery’s representatives to select a location. Most Cork cemeteries can provide new graves, details are listed in our Information section, but we are, of course, more than happy to discuss them in person too.

We can coordinate with your chosen cemetery on your behalf and liaise with them regarding grave openings and all related costs. 


If your loved one is to be cremated, we can make the arrangements for you with the Rocky Island Crematorium, which is in Ringaskiddy near Cork City.

Crematoriums are also available in Belfast, Dublin, Cavan and Shannon.

The death of a loved one can affect people in a multitude of different ways, but it is certainly never an easy time. Here at our O’Connell Funeral Directors, we pride ourselves on delivering a compassionate, efficient and professional service to help ease the burden of the practicalities that need to be addressed.

As a family-run business, we are here to help and guide you through this trying time. Our experience and quality of service make us the funeral home Cork families continue to turn to, and we are honoured to serve them. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch, and we’ll be happy to talk you through the decisions you need to make ahead of laying your loved one to rest.