Choose the funeral that’s right for you

At Rowley Funerals there is no such thing as one size fits all. We recognise that funerals are very personal and should be tailored to your family’s particular needs.

Our Funeral Options

A service can range from a very simple farewell over afternoon tea to a grand celebration of life held over a few days. Whatever you decide, we will work with you to ensure it’s memorable.

Our professional services include meeting with you to make arrangements, viewing at the funeral home (if desired), overseeing and completing the many tasks required in the lead up to the funeral service, liaising with third parties such as the celebrant, minister, organist, cemetery or crematorium, attending the funeral service, looking after any legal requirements such as medical documentation and registering the death. We can also arrange Bereavement Support through The Grief Centre, a specialist provider of loss and grief support.

Other charges include transferring the deceased from the place of death to the funeral home, embalming and caring for the body, and hire of the hearse for the funeral service.

We can help you with the following products and services as well; caskets, catering, the design and production of service sheets, photo tributes and other multimedia options, flowers, writing and placing newspaper notices, urns, the creation of headstones and memorials, and more.

Full Funeral

Funerals give families and friends an opportunity to gather, remember and celebrate. Having people around you can be incredibly supportive when you’re dealing with a loss. When families work closely together to create a fitting farewell, it can be immensely rewarding and comforting; the funeral preparations themselves can also be a very good way for everyone to cope with a death.

Yes, of course, it can be painful, sad and emotional. But it can also be wonderfully positive when the past achievements of a loved one are remembered, when little known facts are revealed, and tales told.

At Rowley Funerals we’ve got years of experience in providing a wide range of funeral services; large and small, public or private, burial or cremation, funeral chapel or church, celebrant or minister, life-focussed or religious, simple or grand. Whatever type of funeral you want, we’re confident we can exceed your expectations.

Simple Farewell

Not everyone wants a funeral, but not many people want nothing either. If you want something less than a whole funeral service, that’s no problem. For example, you could make the service private so that it remains small and intimate with only those personally invited attending, or you might decide to have a small viewing before the cremation and use this as a time to say goodbye, or you could hold a memorial afternoon tea, or have a memorial service at a later date.

At Rowley Funerals we pride ourselves on making things personal. We don’t have a set formula to follow and aren’t going to force you into something you don’t want to do. We promise to listen carefully and make sure your particular requests are carried out in just the right way.

Eco Funerals

Environmentally friendly choices are becoming very popular. An eco funeral is simply about considering the environment when organising your funeral. This is not just in the choice of casket, but also in how the deceased is cared for through the preparation and embalming process, cutting back travel times between venues, and whether to go for burial or cremation.

At Rowley Funerals, we have a range of caskets sourced from sustainable materials and made using environmentally friendly processes. You have choices when it comes to caring for the deceased, ranging from full embalming to no embalming. You might hold the entire funeral in one location, such as our Anne Street Chapel, lessening vehicle movements. You also choose whether to be buried or cremated, and might even consider a “natural burial” at Waikumete Cemetery. We’re more than happy to go over all the different options so you can make an informed decision.

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Funeral Venues

Where you have a funeral is completely up to you. The place you choose can be tremendously important to the memories you will take away – and those of everyone attending.

Like to keep it local? Here are some suggestions: