Irish Travellers and Romany Gypsies are distinct ethnic groups with their own belief structures, languages and customs. They do share some similarities with regard to traditions around burying the dead however there are also many differences.

This guide from Friends Families and Travellers; Cemeteries and Burial: Culture and Traditions for people from the Traveller Communities provides more detailed information. 

See also: It’s different without you by Carol Rogers - a free e-book designed to be used with children who need help to understand what death means, what to do and how they feel when someone dies.

See also: Understanding Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities: A Support Guide – SASP (

Support organisations

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Friends Families and Travellers

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