Burial or Cremation
During your first contact with Aoraki Funeral Services, our funeral director will ask whether your loved one had wished to be buried or cremated. The preference determines the type of medical certificate we are required to obtain.
Burial can be arranged in most cemeteries either in an existing grave, for example, shared with a deceased spouse or family member, or in a new plot. Your funeral director can arrange all the details for the proposed final resting place.
The option of cremation offers several advantages, the most significant being that it is more cost effective. Returning the ashes of a loved one who has passed away overseas is easier and less expensive. Those wishing to be buried in a family plot when there is insufficient space for a casket are able to have ashes interred.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will the ashes be returned to us?
Generally the cremation will take place on the day of the service and the ashes will be available within 48 hours.
What does “private cremation’ mean?
Only the funeral director, alone or with family members, goes with the hearse to the crematorium. Talk to your funeral director about whether this is the best option for your family. The choice is always yours.
How do I know the ashes are our loved one’s ashes?
Only one casket with one deceased person is placed in the cremator, so you can be assured that the cremated remains are only those of your loved one.
Are the handles removed from the casket?
If required by local body by-laws some crematoria will remove the handles prior to cremation. This is to comply with the control of emissions standards in that area.