Arranging a Funeral
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 that the funeral flows smoothly.
It is important that you choose the funeral ceremony that is right for you and your family. H Morris Funeral Services will listen and discuss available choices, and will look after all the details. Our caring team will liaise with clergy and celebrants, doctors, hospitals, government departments, coroners and police, crematorium and cemetery authorities so that you don’t have to worry.
We can also co-ordinate clergy or celebrants, arrange music and musicians for the day, (including an organist or bagpiper), 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, and anything else you require.
Our staff 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
H Morris Funeral Services 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
- Any other professional help which is available
Taking care of the details
Once you have made some decisions, your Funeral Director will guide and support you through the arrangement procedure. We will 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, or working with an overseas Funeral company to bring someone home