How a Funeral works


What do you do when you need to organise a funeral?

What things do you need to do?

What do you not need to do? 

How much will it cost you?

Simple Direct Funerals focuses on stress-free affordable funerals

How the funeral process
tends to go here at SDF

We know that a funeral is not something people deal with often.  It can be daunting, so Simple Direct Funerals not only offers low-cost funerals, but also a process that families find extremely easy to manage.

So what happens when a death occurs?

  1. The first thing I tell people is that there is no rush.  Take your time, don’t panic.

  2. After the person has died the family or rest home contact us.  We then make a time to meet with the family where and when it suits them.

  3. If the doctor is able to come and certify the death at the home we will come afterwards.  If there is a delay or it is the weekend the doctor can come to our place to certify the death.

  4. We go through all the necessary paperwork with the family, which takes only a few minutes.  The only paperwork we have is the Cremation / Burial Application and Death Certificate Information.

  5. We discuss how the family wishes us to take care of their loved one.  If they want the person to stay at home or with us.

  6. We organise a time when they would like the cremation/burial to happen and if family wishes to come to the chapel at the Crematorium at Whakapuaka Cemetery Chapel or at the graveside.

  7. We then usually take the person with us to keep here until the cremation or burial.
  8. We send the paperwork to NCC to be processed and then we get the permission to cremate/bury.  This can vary in time.

  9. Once all the paperwork is signed off we get a permission that the cremation or burial can take place then.

  10. As mentioned, the family are very welcome to come along to the crematorium chapel or the graveside.  Otherwise family have already said their goodbyes.

  11. After the cremation or burial we complete the details for the Death Certificate and this will be posted to your usually within 10 days.

  12. Usually we are able to personally return the ashes to the family the next day.


Although this is a simple funeral service families have commented on how poignant and meaningful it was for them.   They had a lot more time and energy to focus on the person rather than deal with a whole raft of additional issues. 

We pride ourselves on being professional, supportive and meeting the family’s needs.  Our hope is that our service will allow people to remember their loved one, support each other and celebrate their memories.

Please note the optional prices of coming to the chapel or keeping a loved one at home which is explained in the “Additional Services” section of the Costs & Services page.


Are you out of town?

If you are out of the Nelson Tasman district I am still able to help you through this difficult time. I have had people from throughout New Zealand and Australia use my service with absolutely no problems.

We specialize in making this difficult time simple to work through and we will be with you throughout the whole process. The best thing to do is give me a call or send me an email using the details at the bottom of this page.