knowing your options
for planning an end-of-life ceremony
There is a range of options available to you in planning the funeral
or memorial for a loved one, in the way that feels right for you.
Take your time to consider the options and choose what feels right for you.
This free online 'End of Life' service was launched by the NZ government in June 2017.
Thinking about our end-of-life care and funeral arrangements can be a difficult task
which requires us to think about our needs and choices, and to have conversations
around our wishes with family and friends.
This online services provides you with the information and tools you need to develop a personalised plan of what you want to have happen when you die. You can easily download and print this, in order to share it with family and friends. This online service also provides you with the information you need so that you know what to do, and services that might be available to you, following the death of a family member or friend.
This website explains in very simple steps what you need to know and do upon the death
of a loved one. This includes information about documentation,
bereavement leave and financial entitlements.
If you choose to use a funeral director, the Funeral Directors' Association website will assist you in finding the service that suits you, in your locality. Funeral Directors practice in accordance with a Code of Ethics and a Code of Professional Conduct.
Celebrants Association of New Zealand (website)
The Celebrants Association of New Zealand (CANZ) provides access to professional celebrants with a commitment to quality service, professional standards and adherence to a Code of Ethics. A complaints process is also available to you through CANZ.
Consumer information regarding funeral planning, bereavement and grief
Citizens Advice Bureau [CAB] (website)
The Citizens Advice Bureau provides a wealth of information about arranging a funeral including legal, practical and financial issues. It also lists a number of agencies who provide bereavement support.
The Memory Tree (website)
This site provides a unique range of services to help record, share and remember special moments, events and people and includes an up-to-date online obituary.
The Caring Bridge (website)
The CaringBridge website allows people to develop a personalised online space in which they can rally support for a loved one during a health journey, share health updates and receive support and encouragement from friends and family.
Consumer information regarding options for natural, eco or green funerals
Natural Burials (website)
This not-for-profit organisation promotes and certifies natural cemeteries, caskets and funeral directors and provides advice for consumers.
Living Legacies (website)
This site provides a range of information to empower families who want to conduct a funeral which has a low impact on the environment. A green funeral can encompass many different choices in regard to burial, cremation, embalming and coffins / caskets.
Funeral directors offering eco-friendly options
Broadbent & May (website)
Located in Te Aro, Wellington, Broadbent & May are a contemporary funeral company providing advice & eco-conscious options to bereaved Wellington families.
Eco Friendly Funerals (website)
This site provides information regarding a range of environmentally-aware options for caskets, embalming, cremation and burial at selected funeral firms throughout New Zealand.
Eco funerals (website)
This site explains the options available to families, enabling the family to make well informed choices which consider the impact on the environment. It lists associated funeral firms in the Wellington area.