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Why Plan Ahead
Pre-paid funerals and pre-planned funerals
You can avoid inflation and GST increases by locking in your funeral expenses in today's dollars.
Originating in 1938 Lamb & Hayward's Prepaid Funeral Trust is a secure scheme managed by a separate trust that allows you to lock in today's pricing. With it comes the peace of mind that your costs will never increase.
Thinking about pre-arranging and/or pre-paying your funeral?
The idea of recording your own funeral requests may seem a little unusual to some. But when you think about it, it's really just an extraordinary way of showing your family how much you care. Another real advantage, often overlooked, is that it can save them a significant amount of money.
How common is it to document your own funeral requests?
Nowadays people are eager to take a more active part in deciding how to be remembered. This is one way they can remove some of the stress their family members face at an emotional time. Their documented wishes assist with answers to common questions about details such as venue, readings, music and flowers. Family members can also gain comfort from knowing they are following the wishes of their loved one.
A simple, unique plan
By pre-paying with Lamb & Hayward you can rest assured that your family won't be burdened with costs that are higher than necessary. In our simple and unique plan the price is 'locked in' at the time the funds are paid into the Lamb & Hayward Prepaid Funeral Trust. Once a funeral has been paid for, it is guaranteed that the price will never go up, regardless of any later rises in price through inflation or GST. There are no hidden costs such as administration fees so, in effect, the sooner a funeral is prepaid, the more you save.
Your money is safe in the Lamb & Hayward Prepaid Trust
The Lamb & Hayward Prepaid Trust is run as an entirely separate entity from the funeral business. It is governed by a trust deed and managed by three trustees, one of whom is the granddaughter of one of the original founders. Unlike other large funeral companies in Christchurch, Lamb & Hayward is proud to remain Canterbury owned and operated.
What if I change my mind?
We at Lamb & Hayward are confident that we provide service that is outstanding in every way. Our staff are a mix of ages and genders who understand the entire funeral process; they quietly and confidently guide families in a manner that exceeds expectations. However, if for whatever reason you do change your mind at any time, the funds are fully refundable.
Security with a New Zealand–owned company
Lamb & Hayward was established in 1923, and is one of the older funeral firms in Christchurch. In contrast to other firms it has resisted the trend to sell out to overseas interests, and so unconditionally remains Canterbury owned and operated. These solid foundations support Lamb & Hayward's commitment to provide the best facilities in Canterbury, and allow it to give back to its client families in the region.
Pre-planning provides peace of mind for you and your family, knowing that you're not leaving your family with all the decisions and costs. It enables you to decide exactly how you would like to be remembered, and to make others, such as Rest Homes, aware of your choice of funeral director and specific wishes.
Lamb & Hayward is happy to meet with you and guide you through a pre-arrangement at a time suitable to you, and then hold those details on file until required. There is no cost for this service. You can choose how much detail you record with us - it may be just one or two matters of importance (for example, preference of burial or cremation, and place the service is to be held) or you may choose to go into considerable detail. After meeting with one of our funeral directors we will hold on file a record of your wishes. Simply let family and care-givers know we are holding your instructions.
In addition to pre-arranging a funeral you may wish to take the next step and pre-pay the cost of the funeral. After discussing your pre-arrangement details we are able to provide you a quote for the current cost of the funeral. If you fully pre-pay that amount the cost is inflation proofed, and will not be subject to price increases in the future.
Personal Profile Record
We provide a Personal Profile Record form to help with your pre-planning. We recommend that you complete as many of the details as you wish, and then contact us to make an appointment to meet with one of our funeral directors. We will advise you of all your options and guide you with next steps.