It is important that you choose the funeral ceremony that is right for you and
your family. A call to us for advice and assistance at this time
will help clarify the situation.
Burial or Cremation
At Osbornes we are proud of the services we have to offer our client families. From purpose built facilities to custom built hearses we believe we can offer you any type of service and celebration for your loved one. We deal with service providers that, like us, strive for excellence in all they do.
Burial or Cremation?
Often the deceased has made their wishes known, but if not then it is up to the family to choose.
Whatever your choice, Osbornes Funeral Directors will be able to take care of the arrangements for you.
In New Zealand, there are four options available: burial, cremation, burial at sea or donating a body to medical science.
In the past, this was the most common choice and is still favoured by many. It provides a family with a focal point, a grave to go to where they remember their loved one. Burial involves buying a burial plot, paying an interment fee, which covers the cost of digging the grave and maintaining it, and usually buying a memorial or headstone. In almost all cases, the places people can be buried are limited by law to official cemeteries or traditional burial grounds.
Cremation provides greater flexibility when choosing a final resting place because there is no restriction to specific places of burial. Ashes can be buried in a cemetery or special memorial area, or they can be scattered somewhere the family or deceased thought appropriate, such as in a garden, at sea, or in a favourite place. Some people split the ashes between different places. A memorial or plaque is often chosen to provide the focal point for the family.
The process of cremation involves placing the body within the casket into a cremator – a large metal box with room for only one casket. The cremation process takes approximately two to four hours. The ashes are removed from the cremator and placed in a sealed container, about 26cm long and 15cm deep. You can have peace of mind that we will collect the cremated ashes returning them to our care. They are then available for families to collect, usually within 48 hours. We have a range of attractive urns available for you to choose from.
Burial at Sea
This requires a special casket, which we can provide. There are specially designated areas off the New Zealand coastline for burial at sea which we can show you and then help with the arrangements.
If there is interest in the option of organ donation or leaving the body to medical science, arrangements need to be made prior to death.
Osbornes Funeral Directors can provide information about both these options.
For more information or advice please click here or phone Osborne Funeral Directors.
Things to think about
Whether a death occurs in a hospital, a rest home or at a private home a doctor needs to certify the death by completing a Medical Certificate of Causes of Death.
A call to us for advice and assistance at this time will help clarify the situation.
For example; if the death occurred as a result of an accident and the coroner is involved, a funeral director would be contacted to convey the body to a public mortuary. The family of the deceased will still need to organise a funeral with a funeral director of their choice. They are under no obligation to use the funeral director contracted for the original transfer.
After the Death
After the death of a family member or close friend, it is important to know that you can depend on experienced, professional people to make all the arrangements to ensure the funeral flows smoothly.
It is important that you choose the funeral ceremony that is right for you and your family.
Osbornes Funeral Directors can guide you through the choices available, and will take care of all the details. Our caring team of professionals will liaise with clergy and celebrants, doctors, hospitals, government departments, coroners and other officials, crematoriums and cemetery authorities so you don’t have to worry.
We can also arrange music and musicians including an organist, place notices in the newspapers, and provide Hearses on the day, order family flowers, organise the audio, recording or live streaming of the service, we can also arrange the placement of ashes and memorials, and anything else you require.
Staff at Osbornes Funeral Directors are available to speak to local community groups and schools about funerals, and we are also pleased to host community groups at our premises.
Making the right choices
Osbornes Funeral Directors 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.
- Who should officiate: a priest, minister, funeral celebrant or family members
- Whether you want to view the deceased, and where the viewing should be
- 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
- Venue for a post-funeral get together and how to arrange it
- What other professional help is available
Taking care of details
Once the choices are made, it is up to you how little or how much you want our professional and experienced staff to help with 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 organizing funeral details
- The provision and preparation of the casket, which you can select from our onsite showroom
- Embalming to ensure hygienic preservation and natural presentation
- Providing viewing facilities in comfortable premises
- Ordering family flowers for the casket
- Providing transport to and from the funeral in our fleet of hearses and cars.
- Preparing and placing newspaper notices locally or internationally
- Arranging monumental masonry for the memorial stone
- Arranging the scattering or burial of ashes, as well as providing quality urns.
For more information or advice please click here or phone Osbornes Funeral Directors.