Cost and Payment
How much does a funeral cost?
At Fountains we understand working within your budget. To assist families during their time of bereavement we are able to work with you and provide a funeral to suit your needs and your financial circumstances.
The cost of a funeral varies depending on the choice of items such as the casket, flowers, newspaper notices, cemetery or cremation fees, and catering.
Fountains charge for professional services in arranging the funeral, the use of hearses and other cars, mortuary care and any additional services provided.
We will always provide a written estimate and we can advise on a range of assistance available for families requiring help with funeral costs. Please feel free to discuss your budget with us, we are more than happy to provide a free no obligation quote. Assistance and advice can also be given on closing bank accounts and on application for funeral grants.
Below are some of the details which will need to be considered:
- Transfer into our Care
- Embalming / Mortuary Care
- Casket Choice
- Hearse Hire
- Celebrant / Minister / Priest
- Chapel / Venue Hire
- Reception Venue Hire & Catering
- Service Sheets
- Casket Floral Tribute
- Committal & Venue Flowers
- Newspaper Notices
- Cremation Fees
- Ash Urn
- Ash Interment
- Cemetery Fees
- Grave Marker
- Cremation Permit / and or Doctor’s Fee
- New Zealand Death Certificate
- Monuments / Plaques
- Memorial Books
- Funeral Service Recording
- Photo Tribute Production DVD
- Professional Service Fee
How can I pay if the estate is still tied up?
When a death occurs, bank accounts in the name of the deceased are frozen and, in some cases, cannot be accessed until after probate is granted. To ensure ongoing access by a partner, it is better for the bank accounts to be in joint names.
When settlement of an estate is delayed by lack of probate, families should pay the funeral account by the due date and recover the funds from the estate when it is settled.
Most funeral firms send the account directly to the family and, if required, will send a copy to the solicitor. The person making the arrangements with the funeral director remains responsible for paying the account.
We will always sit down and discuss the Estimate of Financial Details. This includes receiving instructions concerning funeral arrangements:
- Personal care and attention of deceased.
- Embalming/mortuary care.
- Obtaining death certificate from Doctor and preparing necessary documentation.
- Attending to registration of death.
- Provision of funeral home facilities and services.
- Further transfers, after hours fees, paying disbursements.
- Conducting other services in accordance with instructions.
The account will be dated the day of the funeral and will be posted within approximately seven (7) days after the funeral service. An Administration Fee is charged on all accounts, but if the account is paid within 28 days from the invoice date this will be deducted.
Unless specific arrangements have been made, the due date for full payment is 28 days from invoice date. If the invoice has not been paid after 28 days this account becomes overdue and there may be penalties charged for late payment.
Fountains Funerals & Monuments are proud to be able to accommodate most budgets. There are Funeral Grants available through WINZ and ACC, and we are happy to talk you through the options available to you.
For information or advice please click here or contact Fountains Funerals & Monuments on 09 835 9925.