Affordable Costs

Affordable Costs

Simple Direct Funerals in the only funeral home in Nelson and Tasman that focuses only on providing the lowest funeral costs for families.  At a tough time having financial pressure is one thing we want to help with.

I happily give clear precise costs whenever the family asks.  So there are no surprises with the final invoice.  No hidden or indirect costs that add hundreds, if not thousands to the final bill.

Saying goodbye should be a time to focus on the farewell of a loved one without worrying about the invoice.  This is what we strive for each and every time.

I am able to offer these costs because SDF is a small boutique funeral home that does not have huge overheads.  I keep things simple and at the same time ensure the person is treated with respect and the service is meaningful to the family.

A Simple Cremation from only
$2000 +gst 

  • 24/7 Personal Support and Care
  • Cremation Fee
  • All Transportation
  • Legal paperwork
  • A Wooden Casket
  • A Simple Urn
  • Death Certificate
  • Newspaper Placement
  • Professionalism

This list covers everything you need for a cremation to take place. 
The only additional costs could be for a doctor’s certificate or if a pacemaker needs to be removed.

Private Cremation Chapel Service
– $2500 +gst

Often families chose to have a private cremation service at the crematorium chapel with close friends.  This is an intimate way for families to say their final farewell.

Some have had this and then had another bigger service a little later on.  It gives more options for families without the expense.

SDF provides the most affordable private cremation service in Nelson and Tasman.  Families are encourage to have a time that suits their needs.

Grave Cross
Crematorium Chapel
Wakapuaka Crematorium Chapel

A Simple Burial from only
$3000 +gst

  • Does not include grave plot purchase or interment
  • 24/7 Personal Support and Care
  • Coordinating with Council and Cemetery
  • Graveside Service
  • All Transportation
  • Administration
  • A Wooden Casket
  • Death Certificate
  • Newspaper Placement

This doesn’t include the plot or interment costs because sometimes they have already been paid for or the price varies between cemeteries.  What this price covers is everything you need for a burial to take place

What extra services are available to me in conjunction with
the Simple Direct Cremation and Burial packages?

Keeping a loved one at home – $250

You may wish to keep your loved one at home before the cremation or burial. This is no problem at all, and I am happy to cater to every family’s unique needs and wishes. It is generally possible to keep your loved one at home for 1 or 2 nights.  The details of this can be discussed at the time. As there is some logistics to this, the price for this is up to  $250.00. Please contact me to discuss your wishes.

Viewing at Talbot Street – no charge

I don’t usually have viewings after collecting the person.  However I do not stop family from seeing their loved one at my place if they wish.  Families usually do this if they didn’t have a chance to see them beforehand or it helps them process the death.  The room I use is for holding the person until the cremation not viewing as such.  So if families are well aware of this I am more than happy to accommodate them.  There is no charge for this.

Newspaper notices

I do not charge for placing any newspaper notices.  I simply pass on the cost the newspaper charges for the notices.  This cost varies depending on the newspaper and the length of the notices.

Urns – $200-$300

We have a small range of urns available for sale. All of the urns locally crafted and made from recycled native timber or untreated plywood.  There are many different types and they are all unique pieces that also has a local artist’s professional touch by Kath.  The price includes a plaque.

Long distance travel

Mileage costs may need to be added if the travel distance is more than 35km from Nelson / Tasman. This will be discussed with you at the time.  I do not charge travel to Motueka.

Doctor’s Certificate upto $200

For a cremation a doctor needs to view the person and write a medical certificate. Sometimes there is no cost for this if the death has occurred in the hospital for instance.  In the past the GP has had to send out an invoice directly to the family.  However this cost might be added to the invoice on their behalf.  This price does vary with different doctors and medical centres.

Pacemakers removal $150

It is critical to remove pacemakers prior to cremation. If a doctor has not removed a pacemaker, I need to employ a qualified person for the procedure prior to cremation.

There are NO ADDITIONAL CHARGES for calls after-hours,
on the weekends or on public holidays.

Family run funeral services

This is for families wanting to do the funeral all by themselves

On special occasions I can assist families who wish to do most of the funeral themself.  In the past funeral homes have not encourage this as it is business they don’t get.  However I believe that if this is what families truly want I will help.

However what people quickly realise is that even a direct cremation has a degree of complication.  This is mainly because they don’t organise funerals often so the process can be difficult. 

There is also the logistics of collecting, transporting and keeping the body until the funeral.  But there are those who have done this.  So I would help with some of the “behind scenes” aspects. 

The concept is that the family looks after the person and transporting the person to the crematorium.  Which is what most people think is all is needed.  They would contact crematorium to book cremation.

I would help them with the paperwork, provide a coffin (if needed) and organise the Death Certificate.  This is very hands on for them and hands off for me.  The price for this depends on each family.  The cost would be between $500 to $1500.

This service ensures that all legalities are covered and helping the family through the process. The family would visit my office to complete all the funeral preparations they need here in Richmond.

This is definitely not for everyone and the best thing to do would be to have a chat first.

Funeral Grants

WINZ Funeral Grant

You may be eligible for assistance from WINZ to cover funeral costs. This is usually for people who are on a government benefit.  You can apply for the grant by contacting WINZ directly.  A WINZ grant can cover a huge percentage of our Direct Cremation costs. 

Click here for the WINZ website.

ACC Funeral Grant

ACC can help towards the costs of the burial or cremation and related ceremonies  due to an accidental death.  This funeral grant can be paid for both New Zealanders and overseas visitors to New Zealand. 

Click here for ACC Funeral Grant

If finances are still a concern for you please do contact me as I can discuss payment options that may help.  My aim is to help people through this difficult time – not just with great service, but understanding financial pressures also.  

Compassionate Fares

Air New Zealand offers compassionate fares for unexpected deaths.  It is definitely worth looking into if you want to lessen costs if you are flying in.

Click here for Air NZ compassionate fares

Pre Planning

Pre planning funerals is an option that I offer.  The difference I have is that my services are very straight forward for families to deal with.  Unlike other Nelson funeral homes there is not a long list of the paperwork needed to be filled out.

I often have people phone me very confused about the funeral process and what they need to do.  After a few minutes discussion the person has a clear understanding of how I run my services.  Having a simple clear process really helps put their minds at ease.

Often the cremation is a small family event, but we have had large services as well.  Many families chose to have a bigger celebration of life or get together a week or so after the cremation.

Our aim is to help families work through this difficult time with care and support.

Pre Paying

I have been asked about pre-paying funerals.  I do not provide this service.  However I suggest that if families wish to put money aside, they simply create a new bank account and put money into that.

One of the real advantages of this is that it gives family complete control over their money and if their circumstances change and they want to go with another funeral company that can be done with no problems or additional cancelation costs at all.

Sometimes people have had unpleasant surprises when their pre-paid funeral ended up costing more than they thought or the type of funeral wasn’t what they thought.

With SDF you know exactly what you get and how much it will cost.

Why am I able to offer a professional funeral arrangement
at a much lower price?

Many people have remarked on how helpful it was to always deal with me personally. I am available 24/7 and when you call, you always reach me. I run a small home business so there are no expensive facilities to maintain nor are there staff costs to pay for. This means when the phone rings you speak directly with me. By keeping my overhead costs to a minimum, I can offer a professional cremation or burial service at a much lower cost to you.

Perhaps more importantly is that the affordable service we provide is not at the expense of care and professionalism.  Although we come across as more informal we ensure that the funeral service you want is what you get.

“Although I offer an affordable price, it is very important for me to say that this does not come at the expense of professionalism, care and support for families.”

– Owen, Owner of Simple Direct Funerals