The Ultimate Guide To Planning A Funeral Service In Auckland

Planning a funeral is one of the hardest things to do as a family member or friend. You are grieving, confused and trying to come up with funeral ideas at the same time. It’s not easy to do but you must do it right so that your loved one can rest in peace. This guide will provide you with all the information you need to plan a funeral service in Auckland.

Here are some tips on how to plan a funeral:

Start with the basics:

Contact your funeral home. Ask them to send you some brochures, price lists and other information on their services.

Gather important information about the deceased, including their medical history and funeral wishes. The more you know about the deceased, the better prepared you will be to plan their funeral service.

Consider the venue for your service—for example, if there is an outdoor area that could be used for a graveside service or interment ceremony; or if there is space inside to hold funeral proceedings such as a wake or luncheon afterward.

Assess your options:

When you’re in the planning process, there are a few considerations to make.

The first is the funeral home. You’ll need to decide whether you want a traditional service at your church or temple, or if it’s more appropriate for you to use a professional service provider like a funeral home. You’ll also have to consider what type of service will work best for your loved one: embalming and casketing are generally part of traditional services and can be expensive; direct cremation (which does not require embalming) may be an option if cost is an issue, but it’s important to note that this means no ceremony or viewing will take place before burial or cremation occurs.

Create a checklist:

Create a checklist. It can help you stay on task and avoid forgetting anything important. Your checklist should include:

  • Who will be speaking at the service (if anyone)
  • What kind of music or readings are planned for the ceremony
  • What type of decorations, if any, do you want to use in the church or temple (flowers, candles)
  • Create a list of people to invite and their contact information. If you’re having a visitation, create a guest book with pens so people can sign in as they arrive.

Make arrangements for the day:

Make arrangements for the day. You’ll need to arrange a location for the funeral or memorial service, as well as transportation for guests who want it. If you’re having a visitation, find out if there’s a limit on how many people can come at once (some facilities have restrictions) and whether or not food and drinks will be provided.

Buy a plot or grave liner if necessary:

If you don’t already have one, you will need to buy a plot or grave liner. These can be purchased in advance from the cemetery or funeral home where the service will take place. The price of these depends on the size and location of the plot, as well as if it’s leased or purchased.

Get an obituary published:

An obituary is a formal announcement of the death of someone. It may be published in a local newspaper, or online.

The most common places to publish an obituary include:

  • The local newspaper
  • Online on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

An obituary should include:

  • Date of birth (or age at the time of death)
  • Date of death
  • Cause of death

Invite people to a wake or reception

A wake is a gathering of people held at a person’s home, or another location, to celebrate the life of the deceased. Wakes can be formal or informal. A reception is an event held after a funeral service for friends and family to meet with other mourners.

Wakes and receptions are typically held after a service has taken place but before cremation or burial takes place, although they may also occur on other occasions as well: for example if you’re unable to attend your loved one’s funeral due to distance constraints then having one might seem like an ideal solution!


In the end line, a funeral service in Auckland is a very important occasion and it’s important to make sure that everyone who knows the deceased or has been affected by their death is invited. You should make start with the basics, assess your options, create a checklist and get an obituary published in the newspaper. 


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