Close to 1,400 families have had to rely on the state to help finance funerals since the start of the year. Last year, the government decided to scrap a one-off state support to help with funeral costs. The €850 bereavement grant was discontinued for deaths occurring on or after January 1 this year, resulting in savings of about €17 million, according to government figures just released.
However, people with difficulties paying for the cost of a funeral...
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