Arranging A Funeral

It is important that you choose the funeral ceremony that is right for you and your family. There is an increasing trend to make the funeral a special celebration of someone’s life, and the ceremony or service is becoming much more personalised and individual.

Wairarapa Funeral Services will guide you through the choices available, and can take care of all or as many of the details as you wish.
Our caring team of professionals can liaise with clergy and celebrants, doctors, hospitals, government departments, coroners and other officials, crematoriums and cemetery authorities on your behalf.

We can also arrange music and a musician including an organist, place notices in the newspapers, provide vehicles, order family flowers, organise the audio or video/DVD recording of the service, arrange the placement of ashes and memorials, or whatever else you may require.


Wairarapa Funeral Services can explain the choices available:

  • The different types of ceremony, religious or otherwise
  • The best location for the service – a church or chapel, at home, at the graveside
    or crematorium
  • Who should officiate – a priest, minister, celebrant or family members
  • Whether you want to view the deceased, and where the viewing will take place
  • Whether you want to have a burial or cremation
  • Whether you want flowers or charitable donations
  • The most appropriate funeral notice
  • Casket selection
  • The order of service, the choice of music and hymns
  • The venue for a post-funeral gathering and how to arrange it


Once the choices are made, it is your decision as to how involved our professional and experienced staff are with the arrangements. We can take care of the following details:

  • The registration of death and necessary documentation
  • Contacting appropriate burial or cremation authorities, as well as contacting the doctor, coroner or hospital and collection of certificates
  • Arranging national or international transportation or repatriation within New Zealand or any other country
  • Liaising with clergy or funeral celebrants, assisting with the service and organising funeral details
  • The provision and preparation of the casket, which you can select from our modern showroom

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For information or advice please click here or contact us on 06 370 1110.