About Us

The beginnings

Simple Direct Funerals began under the name Purely Cremations.  It arose from a personal desire to provide a simple direct cremation funeral service for families in Tasman and Nelson areas.  Our funeral service is simple for families to work through, inexpensive and at the same time is very meaningful and respectful.

Although price is an important aspect it does not come at the expense of service, professionalism and care for all.

In providing a simple funeral service it removes any pressure or need to spend more money.  It also removes the stress of countless other aspects that arises at this time. Our funeral service has only one price and our smaller overheads help us focus on service rather than wanting you to spend more and more.

The funeral service we provide throughout Tasman and Nelson in many ways is more intimate as we work hand in hand with the family throughout every step of the funeral process.

Simple Direct Funerals is local through and through.  From sourcing the wood for coffins, urns and the people who work here.

Owen Haring

I grew up on an apple orchard in Redwood Valley.  I went to Appleby School and Waimea Intermediate and College.  After living in the North Island for many years, I returned home to Nelson in 2014 and began this business in 2018.

For over twenty years I have worked with families and communities taking many funerals and supported families and people throughout the death of a loved one.  My experience has been primarily working with families to farewell loved ones, rather than the “business” of funerals.  Therefore my focus is naturally upon the needs of the family.

I consider it a true privilege when families ask me to help them through this significant event for them.  And I pride myself on offering a comprehensive package at a price that is better than other companies.

My career and personality help me to be sensitive to the needs of the family.  And my passion is to provide families with an intimate and meaningful way of saying goodbye at a price that is very reasonable.

Thank you for taking the time to read about me.

Camille Visser

I’m originally from Nelson, moved to Wellington where I then set off to travel around the world before settling and working in Melbourne for several years.

I have since moved back and am really enjoying the outdoors and the mixture of relaxed and adventurous lifestyle Nelson has to offer.

As a counsellor, my passion is working together with the client to celebrate and life of their loved one.  Also offering support to help process the grief of one’s loss.