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When Someone Dies


If someone dies at home you need to 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.


Planning a Funeral


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 a meaningful and 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.


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
The processions
Committal service or scattering of ashes
The wake or gathering

The cost of a funeral varies dependent upon the style of the service 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.

Memorial Services


Memorial services are an alternative to a funeral service and are carried out after a burial or cremation.  They are a good option when people have to travel long distances to attend or you wish to spend a longer time organising a ceremony.  Such services can take whatever form you can imagine.  Our funeral directors have a great deal of experience with memorial services and can assist you with any planning required.

Saying farewell to your Baby
Supporting you when you need us

Losing a baby at any stage of their life is a tragedy. We have a passion for assisting families at this traumatic time. At Shone & Shirley we show we care by offering our services at no cost. 

This service includes the following:

We meet with families and will arrange the transfer of your baby from the hospital or your home to Shone & Shirley.

We provide special baskets to transfer your baby into our care.  If you would prefer a casket please discuss this with us.

We will arrange for a burial or cremation to take place according to your wishes.

We will return your baby's ashes to you.

Castings are available free of charge as our way to support families.

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Emma Hebberd,  Company Director,  is the Nelson SANDS coordinator.  Shone and Shirley host the International Baby Lost anniversary each year on              15 October.

For more information, please contact us at Shone and Shirley.

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Financial Assistance


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 and 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 21 days after the funeral service. We offer varying payment options. Please contact us for details.

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