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Arranging a Funeral

It is important that you choose the funeral ceremony that is right for you and your family. People are increasingly wanting to make the funeral a special celebration of someone’s life, and the ceremony or service is becoming much more personalized and individual.

Fountains Funerals & Monuments can guide you through the choices available, and are able to take care of all, or as many of the details as you would like.

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.

Making the Right Choices

Fountains Funerals & Monuments 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 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 gathering and how to arrange it.

Taking Care of the Details

Once the choices are made, it is your decision as to how involved Fountains’ 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.

For information or advice please click here or contact Fountains Funerals & Monuments at Papakura on 09 298 2957 or at Manukau on 09 266 6177.

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