Frequently Asked Questions

There are many questions asked about funeral arrangements, here are a few of the more common ones. If you need to know more, please feel welcome to contact us as we are more than happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have.

  • What is Cremation?
    Cremation is now a popular alternative to burial. The deceased is put in a rigidly constructed, combustible casket with handles.

    When a person is cremated the whole casket is burned to ashes at a crematorium. What remains is pulverized bone and ash (approximately 2-3 kilograms for an adult). These remains are place inside a urn supplied by the council. Family can choose an alternative receptacle should they so wish.

    What happens after that can vary greatly depending on the wishes of the deceased or the surviving family. Some people want the ashes scattered at sea, on their garden or at a place with great sentimental meaning. It is always wise to check with the local health or bylaw authorities to ensure that scattering is permissible.

    Alternatively, some people bury the ashes or just keep the urn on the mantelpiece.
  • How much do funeral arrangements cost?
    The general amount spent on a funeral in New Zealand is between $5,000 and $8,500. This amount can vary greatly depending on the funeral and other services included.

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