Other ways we can help

We may be a small, intimate funeral home but we can still offer you the complete range of funeral services.

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We have a vast variety of traditional and modern eco-friendly caskets in varying styles, shapes, prices and materials.

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Flowers add colour, fragrance and personality to any funeral. You’re welcome to visit our local floral partner Devonport Flowers directly to make your selections www.devonportflowers.co.nz, or we can take care of everything for you with flowers for the service, chapel, casket, or your home.

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Urns come in a wide range of different shapes and sizes and are made from a variety of materials. The only thing to keep in mind when choosing is what you plan to do with the ashes as some urns are designed as temporary containers rather than permanent keepsakes.

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A reception following a funeral service is a great opportunity to continue sharing memories and celebrate a special life in a relaxed and friendly way.

On the day of the funeral, we believe you shouldn’t have to worry about being in the kitchen, which is why we provide catering services. Partnering with Gatting’s, Auckland’s leading funeral caterers, we ensure seamless delivery of delicious fresh savouries, sandwiches, and cakes for your guests.

This allows you and your family to mingle with friends and guests without the added stress of hosting duties. Even better, once the reception is over, you can simply leave, knowing that we’ll handle the cleanup.

Whether the funeral takes place in our chapel or at another venue, we can accommodate your needs. We have a variety of menu options to choose from, once you make your selection, we’ll manage the rest, leaving you free to focus on honouring your loved one’s memory.

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Printing Multimedia

Our professional Graphic Designers make it easy for you. They’re on hand to create beautiful service sheets, visual tributes, thank you cards, and any other graphic or multimedia resources you might need.

Service Sheets

Service Sheets (Orders of Service) can be a lovely memento to take away from the service. They can show photos or be themed to capture some aspect of the deceased’s life. We’ll work with you to make sure we have all we need to produce them in time for the funeral, but usually we require the original photos at least 24-48 hours before the funeral service.

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Visual Tributes

Visual tributes are now a much-loved part of today’s funerals. This is where a series of photos from a person’s life are set to music and saved to a digital file. The tribute can then be played during the reflection time of the service. This is a powerful way to capture and present different aspects of someone’s life, and it becomes a valued keepsake after the funeral.

We can do this for you. Just select the photos (about 30-40) and the accompanying music and give them to us at least 48 hours before the service.

If you’re going to create your own visual tribute, we’d like to test it on our system at least 24 hours before the service.

Thank You Cards

A thank you card is one way of acknowledging those who have expressed their sympathy, love and support. We can easily take care of this for you. Many of the cards we produce use the photo from the service sheet. We also have verses for you to select from, or you can supply us with your own if you prefer.

Memorial Options

Creating a lasting memorial to a loved one is important to many people. It can serve as a tribute to their life and provide a focus for the thoughts and memories of family and friends. As ‘normal’ life resumes, it can be comforting to have a special place to visit that is dedicated to the person you have lost.

The type of memorial available to you will depend on several factors:

Memorials can be whatever you want them to be, yet need to be carefully considered as they’re going to be in place for a long time. New technology allows you to create a unique design that best reflects your loved one’s life. This can be with graphics, pictures or even colour photographs.

Renovation work and additional inscriptions can also be arranged.

Advanced Planning

How do you want to be remembered? Do you want specific family members to talk about your life? Is there a special piece of music that needs to be played? No matter how you imagine your funeral, we can help make it happen.

Pre-arranging your funeral makes sense for a number of reasons. Aside from ensuring you have a say in what you want for your service, pre-arranging your funeral is also a thoughtful way to ease the emotional burden involved in the decision-making process for your loved ones. It might even give them comfort knowing that they are fulfilling your last wishes.

Planning your funeral in advance can be as simple as having a conversation with those nearest to you and expressing a few thoughts about what you might like to have happen when your time comes, or you might want to sit down with us and document in some detail your plans and preferences.

When planning your funeral in advance, one thing we would suggest you consider is also leaving permission for your family to change your wishes, should the need arise. This might sound counterintuitive, given the reason you plan in advance is so your wishes are known, but we occasionally find family members conflicted between what you wanted and what they’d like to do. This doesn’t mean they have carte blanche to change everything, but does show that you trust those you have left behind to carry out your wishes and at the same time fulfil their personal needs as they face your passing.

Advance planning can also be done as part of pre-paying your funeral.

Pre-paid Funerals

A Funeral Trust plan allows you to set money aside, in trust, for your final farewell or for that of a loved one. Prepaying towards a funeral means when the time comes loved ones can gather together, support one another, and remember and celebrate a life, without the responsibility of making difficult choices in very emotional circumstances. For more information visit The Funeral Trust website or contact us.

Bereavement Support

Rowleys offer after-funeral care and support to help resolve any problems or challenges you face in returning to daily life after the funeral. This support is available to any members of the family and is completely optional.

We can assist in a variety of ways, such as providing an opportunity to talk to a caring support person about your experiences in a safe and relaxed environment, providing reading material or other resources, or offering referrals to other professionals that can help you.

We also work closely with the Grief Centre, a provider of more specialised services such as counselling for loss and grief, support groups and other services. We’ll contact you in due course following the funeral to see what assistance might be required. This is usually a number of weeks after the funeral when our experience tells us contact might be appreciated. However, if you wish to talk to someone sooner, please feel free to contact us.

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