when it's time to organise a funeral
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 honour 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.
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, 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.
Once death occurs, a doctor must come and certify the cause of death, and 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.
- Personal attendance for funeral arrangements and on funeral day
- Securing medical and death certificates and other required documentation
- Arranging transfer from mortuary, home, hospice or hospital
- Natural body care, or full mortuary services if required
- Caskets, including biodegradable cardboard, woven baskets, plywood, solid timber, woollen and traditional caskets
- Cremation or burial arrangements
- Organising a celebrant for either religious or non-religious ceremonies
- Design and production of service cards
- Flowers as required
- Newspaper notices
- Slideshow presentations
- Video recording and/or live streaming of funeral service
- Financial assistance applications (ACC/ Work & Income)
- Prearranged funeral planning in the home, hospital or hospice
- Prepaid funeral planning with Perpetual Guardian
Things you need to do when organising a funeral
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.
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 choose 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.
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 $400 to have a good coverage of the casket; of course you can spend less.
Get in touch with
The Natural Funeral Company
Please use the enquiry form to the right or call us on 021 234 5650
Or visit us at 120 New North Road, Eden Terrace, Auckland 1021