The Paperwork

Although the paperwork may seem like a complicated ordeal, I have got it down to an art.
It usually only takes a few minutes to fill in and then I take care of the rest. 

Simple Direct Funerals arrangements means that the paperwork is very easy to deal with.  There are not pages and pages of questions for family to struggle through.  There are only two pages which usually take 15 minutes to complete with the family at the time.

The first page is the Application for the Cremation, which is signed by the next of kin or executor. I have these forms and go through them with you.

The second page is the information needed to complete the Death Certificate for Births Deaths and Marriages.   Again we go through this with the family and I will process it so the Death Certificate is sent to the family afterwards.

Some of the questions for the Death Certificate that can prove difficult to answer about the person who died are:

  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Their parents name including middle names and the mother’s maiden name
  • Their age if they got married(s)
  • Place (city / town) where married(s)
  • If born overseas how long have they lived in NZ
  • Spouse’s full name (maiden name also) and age
  • Ages of children

I will help you with all the paperwork and legal requirements.


The other paperwork needed is when the doctor fills out the Medical Certificate. For a cremation the doctor will also need to fill out the Cremation form B and a Certificate regarding Pacemakers, form AB. The doctors have these forms and I can coordinate this with them.

My aim is for families to be able to focus on what is important for them at this time and leave these other details with us to deal with.