Dec 17
The meaning of popular funeral flowers

The meaning of popular funeral flowers

Flowers are a beautiful and timeless gift for a grieving friend or family member. Flowers are often synonymous with funerals and sympathy. However, different types of flowers and different colours are representative of various emotions and sentiments. We have curated this handy guide so you can decipher the meaning behind... read more →
Oct 08
rotorua business awards

Finalist – Essential Business of the Year

We are honoured to be selected as one of the finalists for Essential Business of the year in the 2020 Westpac Rotorua Business Awards, held by the Rotorua Business Chamber.  The “essential" business of the year is a new category in 2020, and recognises, thanks and celebrates those who supported the... read more →
Sep 17
cremation in New Zealand

Cremation in New Zealand

The questions I get asked the most about death and funerals, are about cremation. We’ve been asked things like; do you take the body out? I hear you take the handles off, a cousin told me you cremate lots of people at once. The answers to those questions are a... read more →
Jun 25
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Jan 21

Tips for writing a heartfelt eulogy

Writing and delivering a eulogy is a fantastic opportunity to participate in a funeral service. Writing a moving, caring and thoughtful summary of someone’s life can be an overwhelming task. When considering what to include in the eulogy, it’s important to remember that this speech is an opportunity to acknowledge... read more →
Sep 24
Funeral pre-planning - Osbornes Funeral Directors

5 Reasons to Pre-Plan Your Funeral

During our lifetime, we are constantly planning for the future. What career path we will take, when we will get married, and when to have children. With all this life planning, we often neglect to consider pre-planning our own funeral, putting it off, sometimes until it’s too late. Now is... read more →
May 28
Social Media | Osbornes Funeral Directors

Tips for Social Media Etiquette After Someone Passes Away

Social media has become an essential part of our lives. Over the last few years, you’ve probably noticed more and more people taking to an online platform to express grief or sadness about losing someone close to them. Expressing grief through social media gives us many opportunities to say ‘goodbye’... read more →
Mar 22
Supporting children | Osbornes Funeral Directors

Helping Children Cope with Grief

Over the last week I’ve watched and listened to my kids discuss the events in Christchurch, a place where we lived, and where our daughter was born. I’ve watched and listened to them talk, process and understand in their own way what is happening. I’ve followed with interest what their... read more →
Jan 15