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Planning a Funeral

A funeral is the first and most important step towards working through grief and re-adjusting to life. The therapeutic value of the funeral is widely recognised. From a practical point of view, the funeral assures the legal, reverent and dignified burial or cremation of the deceased.

Our role is to relieve you from as much of the pressure of organising the funeral as possible. We’ll serve as your adviser, organiser, administrator and supporter to ensure your funeral options are arranged sensitively and carefully.

In New Zealand there are four options available: burial; cremation; burial at sea; or donating a body to medical science. We can work alongside you to determine which option is best for you and the one you are honouring.

Offering refreshments after a funeral is an important aspect of the funeral service. This is a time for meeting up with family members and friends, sharing stories and recalling in greater detail the life of the person who has died. It can also provide an opportunity for a family reunion.

Making it special

A funeral is an important step in coming to terms with the death of someone close. The funeral service itself allows people to share their feelings with family and friends. It’s an opportunity to celebrate a person’s life and to share memories.

For most people, organising a funeral is an unusual situation. The ways of observing funerals and the choices available to you are many and varied. Similarly, the costs and fees for the different parts of a funeral will also require your consideration.

Grinter's Funeral Home Services

We are available on call whenever a death occurs. Our role is to relieve you from as much of the pressure of organising the funeral as possible. We’ll serve as your adviser, organiser, administrator and supporter to ensure your funeral choices are arranged sensitively and carefully.

Our service includes:

  • Meeting the family and ascertaining their wishes
  • Transporting the deceased
  • Liaising with the doctor, hospital and coroner as necessary
  • Registering the death with the authorities
  • Organising newspaper notices
  • Preparing, embalming, dressing and casketing the deceased
  • Ensuring cultural and/or ethnic customs are observed
  • Arranging and attending the service
  • Providing service sheets
  • Organising other service requirements such as video or audio recording
  • Liaising with the florist, minister or celebrant
  • Organising the burial or cremation with councils

It is worth noting that a funeral will typically require 16 to 20 hours of a funeral director’s time. Our fee also covers overheads such as premises, vehicles, staff salaries and a 24-hour service.


Repatriation overseas

To repatriate or bring home a deceased person back to New Zealand from overseas, or from New Zealand to another country, contact us for assistance. In addition to the normal processes that are involved in a funeral, there are other requirements which must comply with the regulations of the sending and receiving countries, as well as the airline that will carry the deceased. Regulations and procedures vary between countries so compliance can take more time than is desirable. Patience is urged in such circumstances.

When repatriating ashes there is the option of taking them onboard an aircraft as a carry-on item, as long as you have the correct documentation. If you wish to use mail or courier, sending them from one funeral director to another is the recommended method. (NZ Post will not accept ashes from the general public) Contact us at Grinter’s Funeral Home for more information and assistance with this matter.

Repatriation within New Zealand

When the funeral for a deceased person is to be held in a centre other than where they died, the funeral director who is attending to the deceased will make all arrangements for transferring the body.


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