Planning a Funeral
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A beautiful funeral captures the essence of your loved one and a celebration of their life. At Shone & Shirley, we will help you design a farewell that is a fitting and meaningful memorial our staff will do everything they can to help a sad day be meaningful and a positive experience there are only a few legal requirements to funerals and the options are as limitless as yours or your loved one's imagination.
Being Nelson’s longest established funeral home (established in 1862) we pride ourselves on old-fashioned values and attention to detail we will listen and transform your ideas into reality to create a unique service appropriate for your loved one we offer a complete bereavement service from funeral planning chapel facilities catering lounge to monument services.
When Someone Dies
If someone dies at home you need call a Doctor. You can then call us and we will advise you further.
If the cause of death is not immediately obvious, the police will act on the Coroner's behalf and organise the deceased to be taken to a public mortuary so that the cause of death can be established in the meantime. we can meet with you to discuss funeral arrangements.
We will lead you gently through the process of organising your loved one's funeral:
We will . . .
Provide a professional liaison with family, doctors and clergy/celebrants.
Meet with you to discuss your and your loved one's desires for the funeral service at a time and location of your choice.
Discuss with you the options for burial or cremation.
Organise the placement of death notices in local, national or international newspapers and online if you require.
Show you a range of caskets so that you can decide the appropriate one for your loved one.
Funerals are most meaningful when they’re personalised. As you are planning, think about the qualities that made your loved one special and what he or she meant to others. Consider passions, hobbies, pastimes, likes and dislikes. Work together with your family, friends, funeral director and the person who will read the service to find ways in which to capture this unique life in the visitation, funeral, memorial service or graveside committal. A few things you might want to consider include:
Choice of music
Video photo slideshow
Eulogy or remembrance
Committal service or scattering of ashes
The wake or gathering
The cost of a funeral varies dependent upon the style of the service that chosen. We have a range of choices available to suit your budget or preferences. Please contact us for a full schedule of fees and disbursements or read on to choose from our payment options.
members & Gold Card Holders
If you require financial assistance, a number of benefits are available to assist in payment of funeral expenses, including:
Work and Income NZ Funeral Grants
Returned Services Grants
Accident Compensation Grants
Further information is available on request, and wherever possible, we will assist you with the completion of the necessary forms.
The Funeral Account
It is our normal practice to forward the funeral account seven days following the funeral service. The account is due for payment approximately 30 days after the funeral service. We offer varying payment options. Please contact us for details.