Funeral Options

When it comes to funerals, we understand that there are many things you will want to know. Please call us if there is anything else you want to need. We are always happy to help.

The Funeral Service

The funeral service is an important part in the very personal journey of grief we all travel on the death of someone we love. It honours and celebrates your loved one’s life, it gives family and friends the opportunity to share their memories, their thoughts and their grief together, and it gives them the time to acknowledge the life of, and say farewell to, someone who has touched their lives in so many ways.

Planning a funeral service in the short space of time from death to service and trying to reflect the life of your loved one and personalise the service, can be stressful. We hope that some of the options here will help you to think about how you would like to honour their lives, but we are here for just that, to guide and assist you with this, discussing your own ideas and helping you to make them happen.

Burial or Cremation

This is one of the first decisions you will have to make mainly because different documentation is required for each option. Often the preference has already been stated in the will so please check with your solicitor or executor.

Burial involves selecting and purchasing a burial plot in the cemetery of your choice. You will also need to select a headstone and the wording you require on it. The selection of the headstone can be done at a much later stage. For many people it is traditional for the headstone to be placed and 'unveiled' with a special ceremony, a year later. We can advise you on the cemeteries and costs in your area.

Cremation has become the more popular option in Christchurch. We have the Harewood and Canterbury Crematorium cremation facilities. Both venues gives families greater options for having the entire service all at the one venue were the cremation will take place. There are many options for the final resting place for your ashes and we can give you advice on many of these including the memorial gardens at both Canterbury and Harewood Crematoriums. This is not something that you have to decide until you feel you are ready, and it is wise to take your time with your decision.


Saying goodbye to your loved one is an important part of grieving. Spending time with the deceased helps us come to terms with the death and the reality of the loss. You may wish to have your loved one at home for some time before the service or spend time with them at our funeral home.

Memories Lounge

We have a lovely intimate space we call our Memories Lounge. This space can be used for spending time with your loved one (Simply Basic), you may wish to have an intimate gathering with no formal service (Simply Family), or a private family service (Simply Respectful). Our Memories Lounge provides a calm, peaceful, serene space for families. We can accommodate up to 20 people within our Memories Lounge, perfect for those small intimate gatherings. We have full AV facilities available so can play photos, video clips, and music as selected by the family. We can also organise catering if you wish to have some light refreshments before, during, or after your gathering (available only for Simply Family Plan and Simply Respectful Services).

Writing a Eulogy

Sometimes your minister or celebrant will ask to write out a “life history” of your loved one to be read at the service. This might be read by you, or another family member, a friend, or the person officiating. You are the only one that knows all the little things and the big things that have happened throughout your loved one’s life but being asked to write these down can just seem too hard! Don’t worry, it is not possible to write down a person’s whole life so just choose the parts that mean something and are special to you and your family. Just glance through the list below to help jog your memory. Often talking with the family will bring up lots of memories; have someone jot these down so that you can think about them when you are writing the eulogy.

  • Where and when born,
  • Parents and siblings, schooling, childhood days, teenage and young days,
  • Employment/career, marriage, children, home,
  • Trips/adventures, special events, clubs, passions and loves, hobbies, social life,
  • Favourite sayings, anecdotes, favourite readings, poetry, songs, music.


If you do not have your own minister and would still like to have a religious service we can arrange this for you, similarly if you wish to have a non-religious service we can organise a celebrant who will help you plan the service of your choice.


Funeral Options Musician

We can arrange for any musician such as an organist, piper or soloist to play at the funeral service.

Here is a list of some example songs that our musician can play and sing along with. Any other songs are also fine to play – so long as the musician has one night to practice.


We have collected a large numbers of poems which you may use for inspiration for your service. Download the Simplicity Poems Booklet here.

Service Sheets

We make it easy for you by offering a complete range of printing and multimedia services. Our professional Graphic Designers are on-hand to create beautiful works of art in the creation of Service Sheets, Visual Tributes, Thank You Cards, and any other graphic or multimedia output you might need.

Service Sheets
Service Sheets (Orders of Service) are available in a variety of styles and designs. These include photos of the deceased selected by the family. Service Sheets can be personalised by our graphic designers to capture aspect’s of the deceased’s life. They are a personalised memento, for family and friends to help remember the persons life. We will work with you to ensure the service sheet is exactly right.

Proofing of Service Sheets
We email a proof of the service sheet to families to check before we go to print. Families will be notified once a proof has been emailed. 


We regularly work with Victoria Florists where you are assured of the freshest flowers, the most innovative bouquets and arrangements, and personal, attentive service. Here is their flower catalogue.

Memorial Books

A Memorial Book offers you the opportunity to record those who came to show their love and support. They can also be good if family and friends want to share memories or write messages of love, support, and sympathy.

Death Notices

We can assist with the wording and format for your Death Notice and can place them in any of the papers in New Zealand and overseas.

Audio/Visual Presentations

Photo Tributes
Photo Tributes are now a important part of today’s funerals. This is where a montage of photos from a person’s life are set to music and played during the service. This is a meaningful way to capture and present important parts of someone’s life, This is a fabulous keepsake for the family.

We can arrange to do this for you through our AV professional expert. Just select the photos (about 30-40 or more if desired) we need at least two working days before the service. You can also select the piece of music you would like to go with the photos.

If you’re going to create your own Photo Tribute we require the final copy at least 24 hours before the service so that it can be tested on the system.

Live Web Streaming
Live Web-Streaming links are also available and this option has become increasingly popular for overseas or remote friends and family.

Hearses & Cars

We have two Black Chevrolet Caprice Hearses. Suitable for all occasions. View our Hearses.

After hours support

Advice and assistance is available over the phone after hours on 03 379 0196 , and we are able to talk you through the next steps if a loved one has passed away, and make arrangements to bring them back into our care.


This involves the preservation and presentation of the deceased for the duration of the funeral service. It is a medical procedure that ensures the disinfection and preservation of your loved one for the time they will spend until the cremation or burial. It is important to us that our embalming can give a more natural appearance, ensuring that viewing is a positive experience.


Knowing what to do with your loved one’s ashes can be a dilemma for many. We can advise and assist with the many options available, from scattering at sea, in a garden, in a cemetery, burial in a public garden, or a cemetery or even interring them in  the crematorium memorial gardens at Harewood or Canterbury. We can also offer some nice options for Urns or Scatter Tubes along with our Keepsake Jewellery.

Funeral Planning

Being prepared and preplanning your funeral can lessen the worry for your family and can make the many decisions a little easier for them. It is important to hold these records in a secure, known location. We can hold your records, with a copy for your next of kin or executor, giving you peace of mind. You may wish to fill out the pre-planning forms online and either send them to us for safe keeping or keep them with your important papers.

Funeral Pre-payment Deposit

We have a safe secure prepayment plan where your money is securely held in The Funeral Trust account. Prepayment Deposit can relieve your family of the financial burden of funeral costs and put your mind at rest (knowing that these costs have been taken care of). Comprehensive brochures on prepayment options are available on request. Please contact us.


Should your loved one die overseas or you wish to have them returned to their country of birth, there are a number of important legal considerations and documentation that must be completed. We can take all the stress and worry away with our expertise in repatriation.

Live Streaming

We offer a Live Streaming service with a secure link to your loved one’s service, for you to share with family and friends out of town or who may not be able to attend in person. These options include two way secure Zoom links with screens up at venues.

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