It was a Long Way To Tipperary for Culter Funeral Services
When the team at Cutler Funeral Services in Kingstanding received an enquiry about exhuming a body in Birmingham, with subsequent repatriation to County Tipperary in Ireland, they jumped at the chance to help.
Dublin born Funeral Director Edward Farnan said: “Exhuming a body and then repatriating it is not something I had come across in my 15 years in this profession. We knew it would take a lot of careful organisation but with a fantastic team we were sure we could do it.
“What impressed me most about this process was we could be self-sufficient. We didn’t have to use any external companies as we were able to use Funeral Partners’ own exhumation services conducted by Area Development Manager James Ray from Woking Funeral Service.
“I was very impressed with James’ expertise and sensitiveness, it was a real pleasure to watch him at work. He was observed by Father Paul Lester, a representative from the Archdiocese of Birmingham who was there to ensure the remains were treated in a reverent way.”
The deceased was buried in 1962 and didn’t have the correct documentation required by the air carrier to enable the body to travel. Edward and his team worked hard for six weeks to ensure all the paperwork was in order so the repatriation ran smoothly. Ordinarily a repatriation to Ireland we do in less than a week.
Edward said: “It was completely successful, the family were delighted with the way we worked and we received a really kind letter of thanks. It’s really fantastic that we can offer this service to the Irish Community and all our clients.”
We booked two members of the family on the same flight. On arrival they were met by the Irish Funeral Director who gave the family a lift in the hearse with their loved one all the way to Tipperary – led by the Garda Síochána complete with flashing blues. What a welcome home!
Edward has close links with Funeral Directors in; County Kerry, Carlow, Dublin, Longford, Cavan and County Down.