Help & Advice
The passing of a loved one is a difficult time. The care, support and understanding from our team can make all the difference.
In this section we provide help and guidance on funeral service related topics.
Making funeral arrangements while you’re dealing with grief can be a daunting and sometimes overwhelming process, especially when dealing with the legal requirements that need to be addressed when a death has occurred.
The team at Distinct are here for you. We will take care of the entire process and make sure the wishes of you and your loved one are fulfilled.
Someone has just passed away
The passing of a loved one is a difficult time. It is important that you slow down and take time to process your emotions.
Call someone to let them know what's happened and let them know if you need help.
After doing this, you should call your loved one’s doctor. If the death occurs in a hospital or nursing home, the staff there will do this for you.
Once the doctor has visited, you will need to contact a funeral home to arrange the transfer of the deceased into their care.
Distinct is here for you to take care of everything. Call us on 03 218 9468
Who is responsible for a funeral?
In most cases the Executor named in the will, family members or friends arrange a funeral together with a funeral director.
While not essential, many people prefer to use a funeral director to relieve them from the burden of the many decisions that have to be made at such a difficult time.
Funeral directors are professionals who assist families from the moment a death occurs until well after services are completed.
What is an Executor?
An Executor is a person named in a Will or appointed by a court to finalise a deceased person's financial affairs.
When someone passes away the Executor should be notified as soon as possible. It is advisable that an Executor get professional advice or assistance, if only to determine their rights and responsibilities in the matter.
The Executor takes care of all the property, paying any bills and taxes, and seeing to it that assets are transferred to their new, rightful owners. If probate court proceedings are required, the Executor must handle them or hire a lawyer to do it.
If a Will cannot be located, the role of the Executor usually rests with the next-of-kin, who should seek professional advice before attempting to finalise matters.
The first step to planing a funeral is to contact your funeral home.
They will walk you through all the steps and decisions that need to be made whilst making sure the wishes of your loved one are followed.
The cost of a funeral will vary depending on what you want from the funeral service, and your decisions about things such as:
Whether a burial or cremation is preferred.
The type of funeral services required (whether there will be a memorial service after the funeral, whether the funeral is large or small, the location, the different service providers chosen etc.).
Type of coffin or casket – Coffins and caskets come in a variety of materials and the costs vary greatly depending on your selection.
If a burial service, then the cost of a burial plot for a grave, or in some cases a mausoleum or family vault is used. New Zealand law requires that all burial is in official designated cemeteries or urupa.
Cremation offers further options for a final resting place as ashes can be scattered, buried, kept or divided amongst family members.
Fees paid to other professionals for services provided as arranged by our funeral directors, such as opening and closing the grave, paid newspaper notices, honorarium for clergy, florists etc.
At Distinct Funerals we work with families to provide services that fulfil the wishes of you and your loved one.
Beyond the funeral process
Distinct Funerals offer support after the funeral service has finished to ensure that you get as much information as possible so that the healing process can begin.
It is common to arrange a memorial after the funeral service.
If you arranged a burial service then part of the arrangements would have been deciding on a burial plot and the type of burial memorial you wanted.
If you arranged a cremation service then you may choose between a range of options for memorialising the ashes.
Our team are here for you during this time.