Choosing the Venue
What choices do you have about where to hold the service? The venue you choose will impact upon the type of funeral service you will have for your loved one. If they belonged to a particular culture or faith, you may choose to have this reflected in the funeral venue. For example, if they were Maori, you could choose to have their service at a Marae, if they were Catholic, there are a number of Catholic churches that offer Funeral Mass. Your choices for other aspects of the funeral will then need to follow certain guidelines set out by the culture or faith. Talk to your funeral director for help with these.
Other options include hosting the funeral at your home, or at a place of special significance to the deceased. If you expect a very large crowd will be gathering, venues such as sporting stadiums, grandstands or Events Centres may be better suited to accommodate you. Your funeral director can help you organise this.
You may choose to use our premises. At Aoraki Timaru, we provide a modern chapel set in beautiful gardens with comfortable seating for over 200 and standing room for a similar number.
We offer fully-integrated audio-visual equipment, with four large widescreen monitors for viewing live-streaming, DVDs, video presentations and photo arrays, built-in cameras for video-taping the service and the building is fully equipped with an excellent sound system with special facilities for the hearing impaired.
If a smaller, more private service is called for, an intimate area in the funeral home can be provided.
Our chapel at Aoraki Waimate offers similar facilities on a smaller scale and with a touch of Waimate’s renowned country charm.