Ireland’s first funeral planning website launches today

8 May 2012

Legacy Online, Ireland’s first portal for planning a funeral online, launches today with hopes to alleviate the financial and emotional stress of funeral planning.

The funeral business in Ireland is worth around €200m annually, but 76pc of Irish adults aged 30 to 55 have never planned a funeral, and 24pc wouldn’t know where to start. But, as with everything in the digital age, there’s now an online solution.

Legacy Online is the first Irish website to offer a comprehensive funeral planning, booking and payment service. “The funeral business is changing, and it was time to move with the times,” said Josh Moonman, an experienced funeral director and the man behind Legacy Online.

“Using Legacy Online, the entire funeral can be decided, planned and priced in the familiar surroundings of your own home, taking as much time as you need to make important decisions at what is inevitably an emotional time,” he adds. “And for added reassurance, we’re just a phone call away to answer any questions, make suggestions or resolve any issues.”

Moonman brings his 17 years of experience in the business to the site, which explains all aspects of the funeral process, with options to suit all tastes. The site has been designed to be easy to navigate and jargon-free, and every single element of the funeral can be reviewed, selected and booked online, without any need for a face-to-face meeting.

The average cost of a funeral in Ireland is about €5,000, and that’s without factoring in grave costs. Seeing as funerals are often an unexpected and expensive event, anything that makes this process easier and less of a financial burden will be welcome.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.