Funeral Arrangements



Most people have honoured the ones they love with special rituals and in special places for centuries now. These rites of passage have created both an opportunity and a responsibility for us to give value and honor to the lives of those we love. Social and Personal factors are important when family and friends come together to decide on funeral arrangements, as are religious and spiritual rituals.

There are many decisions to make in arranging a funeral but you can rely on us to guide you through these choices. Once death occurs a doctor must come and certify the cause of death, then you can call us to come and help you and your family with making the funeral arrangements and organising everything that needs to be done. You can call us way before that if you wish to.


 The list below will tell you most of the things you will need to consider and speak with us about.



 Where to care for the person who has died

One choice is to have us hold the vigil for the one who has died at our place, with you and your family and friends visiting.
Another is for them to remain at home or return home, so we can come daily to take care of their body. We use ice and a cool room when we don’t embalm. Our own first choice for body care is not to embalm, although there are times when it is necessary though it is not a legal requirement.
One of the first things we do is wash and dress the person. This can be done together with us directing you or we can wash and dress them ourselves. We do need you to choose clothes for us and to decide about jewelry and other personal items.



 Your choice of casket


It is essential and a requirement to have a coffin. You can create a casket yourself, following set measurements. But there is a wide variety of caskets available, much of it illustrated here on our website. Our range includes eco-friendly cardboards or basketweaves as well as solid timbers and plywood. We have traditional caskets available as well. We can also provide a liner casket as a cost-effective way to cremate, using a traditional rimu casket with a liner inside. During the funeral process this is all one sees, but when cremation occurs only the liner is used, enabling the outer rimu casket to be recycled.



 Burial or cremation


You will need to make this decision promptly because it affects most of the following decisions.



  Style of service or gathering


There is no legal necessity to have a funeral service, but it has been our experience that to mark someone’s passing by an acknowledgement of their essence, their life, and their gifts to us, is an important rite of passage for all involved.
The service we arrange for you and your family can be appropriate to any particular belief system (Buddhist, Christian, and so forth), or it can be based around a simple expression and celebration of the life we are honouring.

Who will lead the event


This could be a celebrant, a minister, a friend of the family, or anyone appropriate of your choosing. There is no legal requirement to have a registered officiate for a funeral service so essentially it can be anybody.
You may also wish to consider others who may contribute to the service … whether you are a family who can speak easily or would prefer someone to take on that role for you, whether you will chose particular people to speak or would be happy to allow for open contributions, whether you would like a eulogy (an overview of a person’s life) and if so who would write and deliver that.

  Where the service will be held


There are endless choices, including obvious ones such as a crematorium, church, or home, or more personalised locations such as a garden, a beach, or anywhere else that feels appropriate for the person who has died and their family and friends. It is possible to have a funeral service in any venue that can be hired.
One thing to consider when organising a gathering is the movement of your guests and whether you will provide refreshments at some stage. If so, then it is easier, though not essential, to have everything in the same place so guests don’t have to leave to transfer to another location. Crematoriums usually have all the requirements necessary for this. Other venues may or may not. Remember, when hiring venues we may need to also hire equipment such as microphones, chairs, catering items, or family and friends can contribute essential needs of this type.



Catering

Will you be providing refreshments to guests? You will need to think about numbers, and about how the catering will be arranged. Crematoriums usually have caterers who provide food for your guests, normally such items as club sandwiches, savouries and cake. Otherwise you can hire your own caterers, ask us to arrange something within your budget, or organise friends and family to do so.



Flowers


Would you like flowers as part of the casket display? If so, you should think about your preferences for colour or type of flower, appropriate to the season.



 Pallbearers

Usually six people are required. Caskets are always carried feet first, so you might think not only of who would be pallbearers, men or women, but also where they can be positioned … the head of the casket is normally heaviest.

Service card


You can produce your own service cards, memorial books and other personal documents, or seek our help. We offer a wide range, samples of which are shown here on our website.

A visual record


Most families like to have images from their loved one’s life at a service, whether as a photo display or a memorial card forming part of the service documents, or even as a DVD presentation. We can assist with the professional creation of these materials and their presentation. It is also possible to have the service itself recorded for sending to others who could not attend.

Newspaper notices


We will be able to advise you on this, and you should give some thought to any special requirements you feel would be appropriate.


Come and see us with friends or family

One of our team members will join you for a relaxed session, guiding you through funeral plans individually.

Book a Meeting

What Clients Say



Funeral Arrangements



Most people have honoured the ones they love with special rituals and in special places for centuries now. These rites of passage have created both an opportunity and a responsibility for us to give value and honor to the lives of those we love. Social and Personal factors are important when family and friends come together to decide on funeral arrangements, as are religious and spiritual rituals.

There are many decisions to make in arranging a funeral but you can rely on us to guide you through these choices. Once death occurs a doctor must come and certify the cause of death, then you can call us to come and help you and your family with making the funeral arrangements and organising everything that needs to be done. You can call us way before that if you wish to.


 The list below will tell you most of the things you will need to consider and speak with us about.



 Where to care for the person who has died

One choice is to have us hold the vigil for the one who has died at our place, with you and your family and friends visiting.
Another is for them to remain at home or return home, so we can come daily to take care of their body. We use ice and a cool room when we don’t embalm. Our own first choice for body care is not to embalm, although there are times when it is necessary though it is not a legal requirement.
One of the first things we do is wash and dress the person. This can be done together with us directing you or we can wash and dress them ourselves. We do need you to choose clothes for us and to decide about jewelry and other personal items.



 Your choice of casket


It is essential and a requirement to have a coffin. You can create a casket yourself, following set measurements. But there is a wide variety of caskets available, much of it illustrated here on our website. Our range includes eco-friendly cardboards or basketweaves as well as solid timbers and plywood. We have traditional caskets available as well. We can also provide a liner casket as a cost-effective way to cremate, using a traditional rimu casket with a liner inside. During the funeral process this is all one sees, but when cremation occurs only the liner is used, enabling the outer rimu casket to be recycled.



 Burial or cremation


You will need to make this decision promptly because it affects most of the following decisions.



  Style of service or gathering


There is no legal necessity to have a funeral service, but it has been our experience that to mark someone’s passing by an acknowledgement of their essence, their life, and their gifts to us, is an important rite of passage for all involved.
The service we arrange for you and your family can be appropriate to any particular belief system (Buddhist, Christian, and so forth), or it can be based around a simple expression and celebration of the life we are honouring.

Who will lead the event


This could be a celebrant, a minister, a friend of the family, or anyone appropriate of your choosing. There is no legal requirement to have a registered officiate for a funeral service so essentially it can be anybody.
You may also wish to consider others who may contribute to the service … whether you are a family who can speak easily or would prefer someone to take on that role for you, whether you will chose particular people to speak or would be happy to allow for open contributions, whether you would like a eulogy (an overview of a person’s life) and if so who would write and deliver that.

  Where the service will be held


There are endless choices, including obvious ones such as a crematorium, church, or home, or more personalised locations such as a garden, a beach, or anywhere else that feels appropriate for the person who has died and their family and friends. It is possible to have a funeral service in any venue that can be hired.
One thing to consider when organising a gathering is the movement of your guests and whether you will provide refreshments at some stage. If so, then it is easier, though not essential, to have everything in the same place so guests don’t have to leave to transfer to another location. Crematoriums usually have all the requirements necessary for this. Other venues may or may not. Remember, when hiring venues we may need to also hire equipment such as microphones, chairs, catering items, or family and friends can contribute essential needs of this type.



Catering

Will you be providing refreshments to guests? You will need to think about numbers, and about how the catering will be arranged. Crematoriums usually have caterers who provide food for your guests, normally such items as club sandwiches, savouries and cake. Otherwise you can hire your own caterers, ask us to arrange something within your budget, or organise friends and family to do so.



Flowers


Would you like flowers as part of the casket display? If so, you should think about your preferences for colour or type of flower, appropriate to the season.



 Pallbearers

Usually six people are required. Caskets are always carried feet first, so you might think not only of who would be pallbearers, men or women, but also where they can be positioned … the head of the casket is normally heaviest.

Service card


You can produce your own service cards, memorial books and other personal documents, or seek our help. We offer a wide range, samples of which are shown here on our website.

A visual record


Most families like to have images from their loved one’s life at a service, whether as a photo display or a memorial card forming part of the service documents, or even as a DVD presentation. We can assist with the professional creation of these materials and their presentation. It is also possible to have the service itself recorded for sending to others who could not attend.

Newspaper notices


We will be able to advise you on this, and you should give some thought to any special requirements you feel would be appropriate.


Come and see us with friends or family

One of our team members will join you for a relaxed session, guiding you through funeral plans individually.

Book a Meeting

What Clients Say



Funeral Arrangements



Most people have honoured the ones they love with special rituals and in special places for centuries now. These rites of passage have created both an opportunity and a responsibility for us to give value and honor to the lives of those we love. Social and Personal factors are important when family and friends come together to decide on funeral arrangements, as are religious and spiritual rituals.

There are many decisions to make in arranging a funeral but you can rely on us to guide you through these choices. Once death occurs a doctor must come and certify the cause of death, then you can call us to come and help you and your family with making the funeral arrangements and organising everything that needs to be done. You can call us way before that if you wish to.


 The list below will tell you most of the things you will need to consider and speak with us about.



 Where to care for the person who has died

One choice is to have us hold the vigil for the one who has died at our place, with you and your family and friends visiting.
Another is for them to remain at home or return home, so we can come daily to take care of their body. We use ice and a cool room when we don’t embalm. Our own first choice for body care is not to embalm, although there are times when it is necessary though it is not a legal requirement.
One of the first things we do is wash and dress the person. This can be done together with us directing you or we can wash and dress them ourselves. We do need you to choose clothes for us and to decide about jewelry and other personal items.



 Your choice of casket


It is essential and a requirement to have a coffin. You can create a casket yourself, following set measurements. But there is a wide variety of caskets available, much of it illustrated here on our website. Our range includes eco-friendly cardboards or basketweaves as well as solid timbers and plywood. We have traditional caskets available as well. We can also provide a liner casket as a cost-effective way to cremate, using a traditional rimu casket with a liner inside. During the funeral process this is all one sees, but when cremation occurs only the liner is used, enabling the outer rimu casket to be recycled.



 Burial or cremation


You will need to make this decision promptly because it affects most of the following decisions.



  Style of service or gathering


There is no legal necessity to have a funeral service, but it has been our experience that to mark someone’s passing by an acknowledgement of their essence, their life, and their gifts to us, is an important rite of passage for all involved.
The service we arrange for you and your family can be appropriate to any particular belief system (Buddhist, Christian, and so forth), or it can be based around a simple expression and celebration of the life we are honouring.

Who will lead the event


This could be a celebrant, a minister, a friend of the family, or anyone appropriate of your choosing. There is no legal requirement to have a registered officiate for a funeral service so essentially it can be anybody.
You may also wish to consider others who may contribute to the service … whether you are a family who can speak easily or would prefer someone to take on that role for you, whether you will chose particular people to speak or would be happy to allow for open contributions, whether you would like a eulogy (an overview of a person’s life) and if so who would write and deliver that.

  Where the service will be held


There are endless choices, including obvious ones such as a crematorium, church, or home, or more personalised locations such as a garden, a beach, or anywhere else that feels appropriate for the person who has died and their family and friends. It is possible to have a funeral service in any venue that can be hired.
One thing to consider when organising a gathering is the movement of your guests and whether you will provide refreshments at some stage. If so, then it is easier, though not essential, to have everything in the same place so guests don’t have to leave to transfer to another location. Crematoriums usually have all the requirements necessary for this. Other venues may or may not. Remember, when hiring venues we may need to also hire equipment such as microphones, chairs, catering items, or family and friends can contribute essential needs of this type.



Catering

Will you be providing refreshments to guests? You will need to think about numbers, and about how the catering will be arranged. Crematoriums usually have caterers who provide food for your guests, normally such items as club sandwiches, savouries and cake. Otherwise you can hire your own caterers, ask us to arrange something within your budget, or organise friends and family to do so.



Flowers


Would you like flowers as part of the casket display? If so, you should think about your preferences for colour or type of flower, appropriate to the season.



 Pallbearers

Usually six people are required. Caskets are always carried feet first, so you might think not only of who would be pallbearers, men or women, but also where they can be positioned … the head of the casket is normally heaviest.

Service card


You can produce your own service cards, memorial books and other personal documents, or seek our help. We offer a wide range, samples of which are shown here on our website.

A visual record


Most families like to have images from their loved one’s life at a service, whether as a photo display or a memorial card forming part of the service documents, or even as a DVD presentation. We can assist with the professional creation of these materials and their presentation. It is also possible to have the service itself recorded for sending to others who could not attend.

Newspaper notices


We will be able to advise you on this, and you should give some thought to any special requirements you feel would be appropriate.


Come and see us with friends or family

One of our team members will join you for a relaxed session, guiding you through funeral plans individually.

Book a Meeting

What Clients Say



Funeral Arrangements



Most people have honoured the ones they love with special rituals and in special places for centuries now. These rites of passage have created both an opportunity and a responsibility for us to give value and honor to the lives of those we love. Social and Personal factors are important when family and friends come together to decide on funeral arrangements, as are religious and spiritual rituals.

There are many decisions to make in arranging a funeral but you can rely on us to guide you through these choices. Once death occurs a doctor must come and certify the cause of death, then you can call us to come and help you and your family with making the funeral arrangements and organising everything that needs to be done. You can call us way before that if you wish to.


 The list below will tell you most of the things you will need to consider and speak with us about.



 Where to care for the person who has died

One choice is to have us hold the vigil for the one who has died at our place, with you and your family and friends visiting.
Another is for them to remain at home or return home, so we can come daily to take care of their body. We use ice and a cool room when we don’t embalm. Our own first choice for body care is not to embalm, although there are times when it is necessary though it is not a legal requirement.
One of the first things we do is wash and dress the person. This can be done together with us directing you or we can wash and dress them ourselves. We do need you to choose clothes for us and to decide about jewelry and other personal items.



 Your choice of casket


It is essential and a requirement to have a coffin. You can create a casket yourself, following set measurements. But there is a wide variety of caskets available, much of it illustrated here on our website. Our range includes eco-friendly cardboards or basketweaves as well as solid timbers and plywood. We have traditional caskets available as well. We can also provide a liner casket as a cost-effective way to cremate, using a traditional rimu casket with a liner inside. During the funeral process this is all one sees, but when cremation occurs only the liner is used, enabling the outer rimu casket to be recycled.



 Burial or cremation


You will need to make this decision promptly because it affects most of the following decisions.



  Style of service or gathering


There is no legal necessity to have a funeral service, but it has been our experience that to mark someone’s passing by an acknowledgement of their essence, their life, and their gifts to us, is an important rite of passage for all involved.
The service we arrange for you and your family can be appropriate to any particular belief system (Buddhist, Christian, and so forth), or it can be based around a simple expression and celebration of the life we are honouring.

Who will lead the event


This could be a celebrant, a minister, a friend of the family, or anyone appropriate of your choosing. There is no legal requirement to have a registered officiate for a funeral service so essentially it can be anybody.
You may also wish to consider others who may contribute to the service … whether you are a family who can speak easily or would prefer someone to take on that role for you, whether you will chose particular people to speak or would be happy to allow for open contributions, whether you would like a eulogy (an overview of a person’s life) and if so who would write and deliver that.

  Where the service will be held


There are endless choices, including obvious ones such as a crematorium, church, or home, or more personalised locations such as a garden, a beach, or anywhere else that feels appropriate for the person who has died and their family and friends. It is possible to have a funeral service in any venue that can be hired.
One thing to consider when organising a gathering is the movement of your guests and whether you will provide refreshments at some stage. If so, then it is easier, though not essential, to have everything in the same place so guests don’t have to leave to transfer to another location. Crematoriums usually have all the requirements necessary for this. Other venues may or may not. Remember, when hiring venues we may need to also hire equipment such as microphones, chairs, catering items, or family and friends can contribute essential needs of this type.



Catering

Will you be providing refreshments to guests? You will need to think about numbers, and about how the catering will be arranged. Crematoriums usually have caterers who provide food for your guests, normally such items as club sandwiches, savouries and cake. Otherwise you can hire your own caterers, ask us to arrange something within your budget, or organise friends and family to do so.



Flowers


Would you like flowers as part of the casket display? If so, you should think about your preferences for colour or type of flower, appropriate to the season.



 Pallbearers

Usually six people are required. Caskets are always carried feet first, so you might think not only of who would be pallbearers, men or women, but also where they can be positioned … the head of the casket is normally heaviest.

Service card


You can produce your own service cards, memorial books and other personal documents, or seek our help. We offer a wide range, samples of which are shown here on our website.

A visual record


Most families like to have images from their loved one’s life at a service, whether as a photo display or a memorial card forming part of the service documents, or even as a DVD presentation. We can assist with the professional creation of these materials and their presentation. It is also possible to have the service itself recorded for sending to others who could not attend.

Newspaper notices


We will be able to advise you on this, and you should give some thought to any special requirements you feel would be appropriate.


Come and see us with friends or family

One of our team members will join you for a relaxed session, guiding you through funeral plans individually.

Book a Meeting

What Clients Say


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