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Your Funeral Your Way

What kind of funeral would you like? I know some people love imagining what their funeral might be.  It isn’t...

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The Good Life

The Good Life Only the more mature reader will remember the British TV show, The Good Life.  This was a...

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Big Business

Is big business taking over the funeral industry? Most of the major funeral homes in New Zealand are now owned...

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When Less is More

SDF – How Less is More In a past life, I have conducted more funeral services than I can remember....

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Free Funerals

I remembered a story about a wedding where the couple had sponsors for virtually everything at the ceremony and reception...

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Cowboy Operators

Am I a cowboy? Ask me that question when I was ten years old and I would have said, “I...

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Planning a Funeral

Planning and paying for your funeral ahead of time is often encouraged by funeral homes and insurance companies.  They have...

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After someone has died

“What happens to the body after death? Now, I know that this subject may be a little off-putting for some...

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The Coroner

What happens when the coroner is involved? The first thing to say is that when a death is unexpected the...

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The Political Circus

Well, it’s the season when we see the often-mysterious and shy politicians emerging from the dark places within the Beehive....

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Spirituality and Death

There is nothing quite like death to make us think about life. There are big questions about what life is...

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How to say goodbye

Saying goodbye is never easy. It can be tough to let go of the people and things that mean so...

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1980s life

Growing up in the 1980’s A few years ago when my kids said something to me that I won’t forget. ...

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The case for the coffin

The history of the coffin probably goes back to Egyptian times. Now these people took death very seriously, because of...

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Low-cost and Respectful

What kind of funeral do you want?  This is my first question families when planning a funeral.  Because it is...

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15 Things – updated

15 things Funeral Homes don’t want you to know  1.  Don’t pay in advance for a funeral. Yes, you can...

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Man Flu

The Trials of Man-Flu On Friday I succumbed to the dreaded man-flu.  I had a cough and felt dizzy and...

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5 Year Anniversary

Five years ago Simple Direct Funerals started as Purely Cremations.  To be fair I started then, but I didn’t have...

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Burial or Cremation?

This is one of the last decisions you make or is made for you – cremation or burial.  Putting aside...

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Fearing Death

Death is scary – well it can be for many people; even the thought of it. We don’t really like...

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The five stages of Grief

I don’t think anyone likes grief.  It’s draining and emotional and just plain upsetting.  However grief plays an incredibly important...

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Coping with Loss

The loses we are seeing or experiencing in New Zealand at the moment are massive.  So how do we cope...

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Facing Uncertainty

This life we live is full of uncertainty.  For example, we know all too well how the weather one day...

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Personal reflections

My experience with Maori funerals is incredibly limited.  So this is simply some of the things I discovered for myself....

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The Cost of Dying

The cost of living is on the news a lot and probably in the minds of many families in New...

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DIY Funerals

Is it possible to do a funeral yourself… well not for yourself, but for someone else – usually a family...

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It’s a dog’s life

Here are the dogs of SDF.  They are basically unpaid employees with very limited ability – besides barking at people...

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The year that was 2022

In many ways 2022 flew by. Maybe that’s just old age catching up to me. For the armchair sports fan...

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Budget Blowouts

It is a well known reality that funerals can cost a lot of money – the budget blowout.  Even when...

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In the beginning…

Simple Direct Funerals started because I wanted to provide families an affordable funeral to those who wanted a direct cremation....

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