About Us

We can conduct funeral services in any venue of your choice. Mike, Mark and Nick all have a passion around helping people, and finding the right venue is very important to them, whether it is the Canterbury or Harewood Crematorium Chapels, your home, church, Grave side service at the cemetery, or some place quite different and personal - it's up to you. We also can have family gatherings in our ‘Memories Lounge’ for a small group and can include a cuppa tea.

“We pride ourselves on the very high level of service we provide and are mobile funeral directors, so we can come to you, which can make organising a funeral just that little bit easier.”

Originally we were known as G Barrell & Sons in Christchurch have been working with Canterbury families for over 145 years.

Originally advertising in 1876 as an “Undertaker providing a Hearse” the business has been through many positive changes over the years, and in 2013 co-branded with Simplicity Funerals.

Today, Mark Glanville, who has over 30 years experience in New Zealand funeral service, leads our team of qualified and experienced funeral directors. We pride ourselves on the very high level of service we provide and as funeral directors, we can come to you or, you can come to our funeral home which can make organising a funeral just that little bit easier.

Our team can give advice on all aspects of funerals and can also guide you through pre-planning funeral options – just ask us. Whatever your needs, we will look after you with care and compassion so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

Our Team

Mark Glanville Headshot

Mark Glanville – Manager & Funeral Director

Mark has been involved with the funeral industry since 1991 and is fully conversant with all aspects of the funeral industry. He was awarded FDNZ Award in funeral directing Certificate 1995.

Mark is married and lives just outside of Christchurch on a 10 acre block with his wife Olwen. Their interests there are hobby horses with Olwen being the rider! Mark enjoys white baiting during the season at the Ashley river mouth and pottering around on the land at home creating gardens and general lifestyle block work. Mark also belongs to Toast Masters which is giving him more confidence and skills for talking to groups about funerals grief and empathy.

Mike Chandler Headshot

Mike Chandler – Funeral Director

Mike’s journey into the funeral industry began in 2002 as the result of a very good church colleague dying unexpectedly at a young age. Mike has historical ties with the Salvation Army, where he and his family regularly worship, so there has always been a passion around helping people.

Mike knows that it is a real privilege to help people at the time when a loved one dies, and is committed to doing as much as he can to help ease that pain. Mike is married to Trish, he has two lovely adult married children, and three very special grandchildren.

Nick Allwright Headshot

Nick Allwright – Funeral Director

Nick is passionate about the funeral industry having first joined as a Funeral Directors assistant in 2017. He made the move across to Simplicity Funerals in August 2019 and brings with him a fresh perspective into funeral service.

Nick is married and lives in Halswell with his wife Kimberley, and their two young children, daughter Laura and son Taylor. Nick and his family attend church at Grace Vineyard West Campus, where Nick serves as a musician. Nick has a huge passion for music and has been crafting his passion of playing guitar and drums for over 20 years.

A large reason for Nick choosing to work at Simplicity Funerals was the opportunity to journey with families at a hard point in their lives and offer support, empathy and guidance through this time. Nick looks forward to progressing in his new role as a Funeral Director.

Our Team Amber

Amber-Leigh Haustein – Administrator

Amber joined our Simplicity team in February 2020. Amber can be found greeting families at the front door, taking calls and is our cremation and fingerprints jewellery guru. Amber handles all the invoices, statements, creditors and all the other tasks that come up in a busy funeral home office. Amber is also very good at listening and she makes a great cuppa tea! Outside of work Amber and her partner Paul spend most their time walking her dog Wednesday at the beach or forest and attending the local Rockabilly hops!

Read our customer reviews

Free Funeral Info Pack

Fill in the form below & we will send you our Funeral pre-planning and information pack.

We’d love to help

Phone us today to discuss the best customised option just for you.

Scroll to Top