How much does a funeral cost?

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Every Family Deserves Price Transparency

Some families agree that a funeral service should be a real celebration, whilst others prefer a private more simplified gathering. There is no right or wrong in these different choices. The only ‘wrong’ is when families are not fully informed of the various options available, and then not provided with clear pricing to support their decisions.

You may ask – “How hard can it be to tell me the price for a funeral – isn’t that a simple question – have you something to hide?”

It may help to think of this comparison in a different situation – “I’m buying a car – How much will it cost?”

Obviously, there are key elements within a car purchase that will determine if the price is going to be $5000 or $100,000. New or used? Small compact or large SUV? Luxury brand or standard reliable? Petrol, diesel or electric? NZ new or imported?

Of course, a far more personal and meaningful comparison would be a family wedding.

However, the crucial point is that you end up satisfied with your choice, as well as with the price paid.  When you are paying for a funeral service the concept of selections is the same and will determine the overall price.

We recognise that in the midst of grief you need to make some important decisions, sometimes taking several family members wishes into account, often at short notice and at a time that is highly emotive. Not an easy task.

We are committed to delivering support and guidance so that you can create a funeral which is unique to your family.  We also believe that every client family deserves price transparency; no surprises, no hidden costs.

We will always provide a firm quote at the arrangement, our “Price Guarantee”.

Below are some example scenarios that will help illustrate how different choices can determine the overall price.  

Scenario One – $10,979.00

This family wish to have a service at our Westpark Chapel followed by a reception in the William Lounge; they are expecting about 75 people to attend. There will be viewing at Westpark during the days prior to the service taking place and a notice will be printed in The Press. A celebrant will be engaged who will meet with the family to determine the structure of the service. The family will also meet with the Graphics Team and with their input a photographic tribute and service sheets will be created. To reflect a love of tramping and the outdoors, they have chosen a Kotuku casket topped with a natural bunch of native flora. Following the cremation, the family intends to scatter the ashes at a special place.

  • Funeral service at our Westpark Chapel
  • Celebrant
  • Kotuku casket – Rimu veneer with wooden handles
  • Professional service fee
  • Transfer fee
  • Full mortuary care
  • 1 x newspaper notice – The Press
  • CD music
  • Flowers – natural bunch
  • Service sheets for 75
  • Photographic tribute
  • Hearse Hire
  • Refreshments for 60
  • Cremation at Christchurch Crematorium
  • Death certificate

Scenario Two – $11,835.00

This family wish the ceremony to take place in their local church and led by their minister; they are expecting about 120 people to attend and want a personalised Memorial Register available for attendees to record their memories in. They choose a Rosewood raised lid casket which will be carried into the church as a part of the service and then following the funeral, buried in a family plot in the churchyard cemetery. An organist will play pre-service, accompany the hymns and also at the recessional. Flowers are important to this family and they have supplied a large beautiful and bright bunch made with a combination of pieces picked from their collective gardens. Refreshments will be supplied onsite but served in the church hall by the church group.

  • Funeral service at a Church
  • Minister
  • Rosewood raised lid casket
  • Professional service fee
  • Transfer fee
  • Partial mortuary care
  • 2 x Newspaper notices
  • Organist
  • Service sheets for 120
  • Memorial register
  • Refreshments for 100, church group serving
  • Hearse hire
  • Church donation and verger fees
  • Burial in churchyard cemetery
  • Death certificate

Scenario Three – $17,117.00

One of the key points for this family is that the funeral has an informal feel but is still respectful. To reflect this, they have chosen to hold the ceremony and refreshments in a small winery; this will be advertised both in The Press and the Otago Daily Times (ODT). A woollen casket has been selected, symbolising the family’s farming heritage, and this will be at the family home for viewing for a few days prior to the service.  The funeral will be led by a celebrant and will include a photographic tribute, and service sheets for 150 people. We organise for the service to be video recorded and AV equipment and sound system hire for the venue but the refreshments at the conclusion of the service are supplied by the winery and will include a few drinks. They will conclude the formal part of the service by raising their glasses and releasing the balloons as the hearse drives away.

  • Service at Winery
  • Celebrant
  • Woollen casket
  • Professional service fee
  • Transfer fee
  • Full mortuary care
  • Casket to go home till day of service
  • Newspaper notice in The Press and Otago Daily Times
  • CD music
  • Floral display for casket
  • Service sheets for 150
  • Memorial register
  • Photographic tribute created by a family member
  • Video recording of service
  • Supply sound system, projecetor and screen hire at venue
  • Balloons
  • Hearse hire
  • Refreshments and drinks at Winery
  • Cremation at Christchurch Crematorium
  • Death certificate

Scenario Four –$9,151.00

This family have a North Canterbury connection and choose to hold a private service that is mostly for family members with a few invited friends at our Wai-mana Chapel.  Whilst they want to keep things simple, they do wish to reflect their grandfather’s love of tractors, therefore his favourite Massey Fergusson is parked up on the grass in full view of the main chapel window. Instead of flowers it was decided that a vegetable tribute was more in keeping and the bookmarks ordered also mirror this connection. A celebrant will lead the service, keeping it low key in line with the family’s wishes. At the conclusion of the ceremony the casket will remain in the chapel and the family will head home for an informal barbecue lunch.

  • Private funeral at our Wai-mana Chapel in Rangiora
  • Celebrant
  • Maple flat lid casket
  • Professional service fee
  • Transfer fee
  • Partial mortuary care
  • No newspaper notice
  • CD music
  • Vegetable arrangement for casket
  • Bookmarks for 50
  • Family own catering at home
  • Cremation at Christchurch Crematorium
  • Death certificate

Scenario Five: – $4,795.00

The person who died didn’t want a funeral. They had lived in a rest home suffering from dementia for several years and their only child lived overseas. Wanting to respect this decision the family opted for a no-service cremation. This meant that after meeting with the family, we transferred the person from the rest home and after minimal mortuary care placed them in a very simple casket. We carried out all of the legal requirements such as gathering the medical and cremation documentation and registering the death, before proceeding with the cremation. There was no viewing, no flowers, no service sheets or ceremony.

It would be our hope as professionals that despite not wanting a formal funeral service, the family would find the time to mark this life. This could be as simple as gathering together to share memories over dinner; or perhaps they may wish to organise a memorial service at a later date.

  • No service
  • Shaped custom-wood casket
  • Minimal mortuary care
  • Professional service fee
  • Transfer fee
  • 1 x Newspaper notice, local paper
  • Cremation at Christchurch Crematorium
  • Death certificate

Scenario Six: – $7,747.00

This person died when one of the key family members was on an extended overseas holiday. It was agreed amongst the family that the most sensible thing to do would be for us to organise an immediate cremation and then hold a Memorial Service at a later date when all of the family are able to attend. They decided that the family would perform this informal ceremony in their late mothers’ garden and have the ashes urn placed on a table under her favourite tree during this, before having them interred at a later date in the local council cemetery.

  • Service at home
  • No celebrant required
  • Cremation casket
  • Professional service fee
  • Transfer fee
  • Minimal mortuary care
  • Cremation at Christchurch Crematorium
  • Minimal mortuary care
  • 1 x Newspaper notice printed and online
  • Family will supply music
  • Service sheets for 60
  • Family own memorial register
  • Family providing refreshments
  • Ashes urn for service
  • Ash plot and interment fee
  • Death certificate

Scenario Seven: $11,955.00

There is a real connection to East Christchurch for this family as the family grew up in North Beach where their father was a furniture maker. Their mother had already died a few years ago and was buried at the Ruru Lawn Cemetery in a double plot. The solid wooden casket was a nod to a person who spent many years at the workbench with a genuine appreciation of beautiful timber. Unfortunately, one of the grandchildren lives overseas and is unable to attend, however their contribution to the service is to format the photographic tribute along with a personal video message from themselves and the service will be livestreamed. Another grandchild will create and print the service sheets and a family friend who is a florist will supply the flowers for the casket and rose petals for the cemetery. The service is held in our AvonPark Chapel,  following on to the cemetery and then everyone meets at a local bar for a less formal farewell drink.

  • Service at our AvonPark Chapel
  • Celebrant
  • Solid wood mahogany casket
  • Professional service fee
  • Transfer fee
  • Full mortuary care
  • 1 x Newspaper notice
  • CD music
  • Family own flowers
  • Family provides service sheets
  • Family formatting photographic tribute
  • AV testing of photographic tribute and video message
  • Livestream
  • Hearse hire
  • Burial in pre-purchased plot
  • Refreshments at a local bar
  • Death certificate

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