Organising a Funeral


We at the natural funeral company have a focus on offering an ecological and alternative approach to funerals.

To us death is an organic and transitional process, we believe that natural and sustainable practises are the way to go. Our alternative to embalming is the age old practise of bathing with essential oils and restorative creams and cooling with ice. We can do this at your home or at our premises.

There are many decisions to make in arranging a funeral and honouring our connections to the people we know and love. You can rely on us to guide you through the many choices and decisions to be made, from choosing a casket to what kind of service you would like.

We at the natural funeral company value giving family and friends the opportunity to come together in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. With an Open Mic funeral, we create an opportunity to personalise and honour the life we are saying farewell to.

Combine this with a morning or afternoon tea, wine and cheese or traditional club sandwiches and savouries.

Get in touch with us today to get started.


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 to make arrangements.


Burial or Cremation
You will need to make this decision promptly because it affects most of the following decisions. If you choose burial you will need to visit a cemetery of your choice to purchase a plot. Cremation is significantly cheaper than burial.
Caring for the person who has died
One choice is to have us take care of the person who has died at our place with family and friends visiting. Another would be for them to remain at home or to return home. One of the first things we like to do is wash and dress the person. This can be done together with us directing you and visiting each day or we can wash and dress ourselves. We also need you to choose clothing rather promptly and decide about jewellery and precious things that may go in the casket.
Choosing a casket (coffin)
It is essential and a requirement to have a coffin. There is a wide variety of caskets available, many are available to view here on our website. Our range includes eco-friendly cardboard, basket weave, solid timbers and plywood. We have traditional caskets available as well. Click here to view
There are a vast range of ash urns available and only a few here on our site. Please come and see us and browse our catalogues if you are looking for something special. Cremation costs include a basic pine box. You may consider something else if you’d like to keep and display your ashes, or split them for others to have a little. You might like our cardboard scatter tubes to help make scattering easier. Click here to view
Where will the service be held
There are several choices when thinking about where to hold a service including our Arohanui Room at the natural funeral company. All the crematoriums have service rooms, chapels and lounges for refreshments. Essentially it is possible to have a funeral or memorial service in any venue that can be hired. You may want to consider the movement of your guests so having the service and refreshments at the same place could be important and wheather you would need to hire equipment like microphones, screens and projectors.
Who will lead the service or gathering
There is no legal requirement to have a registered officiant for a funeral service. It could be a celebrant, a minister, a friend of the family, or you can host your own open mic service. It’s often a good idea to have someone write and/or read a eulogy to begin the tribute and stories. That could include a chronological time line of events, or several people could speak of different parts of a person’s life, or open to anyone to contribute their perspective.
Newspaper notices
There is no legal requirement to notify anyone’s death in a newspaper. You may want to let as many people as possible know when the funeral might be held. It is usual to name family relationships, the date the person died and where the funeral will be held, as well as a personal message. A notice once printed is online for one month. It’s not usual to put your own home address in the notice unless you are holding a service at home.
Would you like flowers to be on the casket on the day of the funeral? If so, you should think about your preferences for colour or type of flower, appropriate to the season. We usually say $300 to have a good coverage of the casket; of course you can spend less. You may like to receive flowers from the wider public, if not you can specify in a newspaper notice and ask for a donation to a cause in lieu.
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. It is usual for the casket to be placed when people arrive for a service, and to pallbear out to a significant piece of music. You can choose to pallbear both ways if you have a lot of people you’d like to be pallbearers.
Service cards
Service cards are a lovely gift to your guests. We like to print on card so family and friends can keep them. You will need photos, poems, order of service or any other content you require. We have a talented designer who can do bookmarks, postcards, A6 cards or a larger A5 card. Or you can have a family member or friend do it for you.
There’s nothing like looking at old photos and new ones. We can put together a slideshow for you to play at the service either as people are arriving or as part of the tribute with music. You can provide us with hard copy photos or digital copies, choose your music and we can do the rest. We suggest 80 photos as a maximum. You can also provide us with your own slideshow on a USB.
It’s usual to offer guest refreshments after a funeral service. You will need to think about numbers that may attend. We can help you organise catering in your home or at your chosen venue, or you can organise caterers yourself. When you have a service in our Arohanui Room you can choose from our options here.  Click here to view