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.
Spending Time With Loved ones
At Osborne’s 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.
SHOULD WE SEE THE BODY?
Many people who were hesitant at first have been helped in the grieving process by spending some time with the body of the deceased before the funeral.
It is important to be able to say goodbye and to fully accept the finality of death. While the experience varies for everyone, it is an opportunity to spend time with your loved one and perhaps leave small mementos such as – gifts, cards, letters, or other meaningful items.
Osbornes Funeral Directors offer private and comfortable viewing facilities for you and your family to say goodbye to the deceased, or if you would prefer we may be able to arrange for their casket to be taken to your home in the days prior to the funeral.
SHOULD CHILDREN ATTEND THE FUNERAL?
Dealing with the death of someone close is difficult at any age. Children and teenagers grieve too, although they may express it in different ways.
Whether they attend the funeral is up to the family. However, in general, children do benefit from being involved, even in some small way, because it helps them to feel they are sharing their grief and honouring the person who has died.
Children often like to draw a picture or write a letter or poem to put in the casket. Just being there can help them understand, even if it takes time for them to deal with what has happened and what it means.
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.
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