Planning a Funeral



Everyone is different, and the type of burial you choose can depend on a number of factors including, religious beliefs, family tradition and ethical preference or simply based on economic choice.

Our personalised consultation tool can help you create the complete funeral plan that suits you. From the service to the memorial, our tool can guide you through the key decisions to ensure your final tribute is taken care of according to beliefs and last wishes.


A funeral is more than a place and time to say goodbye, it is a celebration and a lasting memory of a person who has passed. Planning a funeral often focuses on the big decisions, but while these decisions are important it is the finer points that bring an individual’s personality to a service.

For these very personal reasons we have developed a Statement of Wishes Booklet to help you choose the style of service that most reflects your personality, with personal touches to bring your service to life just the way you wanted.

A Statement of  Wishes enables you to record information and arrangements in advance that will assist your family and funeral director to ensure everything is conducted in accordance with your wishes.

If you would like to have a Statement of Wishes Booklet mailed to you please send you details to


When Death Occurs
Call your priest if you want to do prayers
Find paperwork – has arrangements been made?
Choose a funeral director
Choose a cemetery
Choose type of funeral – cremation or burial
If burial what type, inground -( lawn, monumental, traditional section, environmental) above ground (mausoleum, crypt, vaults)
If cremation – how to be interred, in a niche, in garden –
Decide on coffin with funeral director
Service – chapel alternatives plus what sort of service
Reception/Refreshments – decide on what and where
Notify and invite family and friends
• Preparing and placing death, funeral and obituary notices
• Organising floral arrangements.
• Preparing the body for burial or cremation
• Providing a place for a viewing of the body if required
• Transporting the body by hearse to the funeral service and cemetery.
• Providing special vehicles for family members.
When planning a funeral
Decide on type of funeral (burial and cremation) – discuss with a spouse and family members
Visit cemetery and choose the location that best suits you for memorial (internment or burial)
Decide on what type of service
Decide on music and prayers that are personal favourites
Decide on funeral director and prepay services including coffin
Or record what sort of type and style of funeral you wish for.
State any specific requests for reception – i.e I want a party, I would rather have donations made to a charity..