The cost of a funeral depends on your choices and preferences. Our fee for professional services, the cost of the casket and the other expenses for the funeral vary according to the services you select and use. Before we can give you an estimate of costs specific to your needs we ideally need to meet with you to talk through your options and find out exactly what you are looking for. We are always happy to have this initial meeting with you at no obligation and if after meeting with us you don’t want us to continue as your funeral director that is your decision.
A funeral invoice is usually made up of three sections. The casket, our fee for professional services and other charges which might include; flowers, catering, cemetery or cremation fees, paying the celebrant or minister, service sheets, slideshows, and other AV requirements, newspaper notices, paying doctors and the like. We think it is important to recognise that as funeral directors we often make payments on your behalf to a number of third parties involved in the funeral process so our invoice is not exclusively the cost of using our services. Rather, we offer you the convenience of only having to worry about one invoice at the end of the process rather than having multiple accounts to settle.
Our professional services fee is our charge for the services provided to you. This fee varies based on the specific services you use. The range of services available to you includes; meeting with you to make arrangements, transferring the deceased from the place of death to the funeral home, embalming and caring for the body, overseeing and completing the many tasks required to be done in the lead up to the funeral service, liaising with third parties such as the celebrant or organist, attending the funeral service and providing the hearse, looking after any legal requirements such as registering the death. It also covers the cost of having our team available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week and the overhead costs from providing the exceptional facilities we offer. Most of the families we serve use the full range of our services from the moment the death occurs till the burial or cremation, some only need certain parts of our service, and in all cases the fee charged reflects what you have used.
At Eagars we offer funerals that are tailored to your requirements. We don’t have set packages or try to fit you into a set style of funeral. We want to work with you in creating a memorable funeral and this includes working to a budget if required. Hence, what a funeral costs can vary from family to family. To illustrate this we offer 5 examples of a funeral and how the choices made can vary the cost:
The family want a very simple service at our Te Henui Chapel. The service is to be led by a celebrant and a private cremation will follow. They do not wish to have service sheets or a photographic tribute and a grand-daughter will bring flowers from the family garden to place on the basic casket (Hickory Basic). At the conclusion of the service everyone is invited to the Devon Hotel to share some time together. Later the family will collect the ashes to take home. They are expecting about 100 people.
The family want the service at their local church, led by their minister. After the funeral service everyone will say goodbye at the hearse before it drives off for a private cremation. Refreshments will be served in the church hall and these have been arranged by the members of the church (we could have provided this service, but the family opted to use the church group). The family choose a simple casket (the Hickory Basic with 6 handles) with a large colourful casket spray. We prepare service sheets which include the words to the hymns to be sung. They are expecting about 100 people. We place one notice in the newspaper prior to the service. Following the cremation the ashes are to be placed in a simple wooden urn which the family will inter in a plot at the cemetery.
The family want to have a funeral at our Te Henui Chapel followed by a reception in the Lounge. They want a celebrant to lead the service, need service sheets and have a slide show that we prepare for them. The service is going to be webcast for family who cannot make it out to New Zealand from America. They choose a standard casket (the Windsor) and have a basic casket spray for their flowers. They select private cremation. They are expecting about 100 people. One notice is placed in the newspaper. Following the cremation the ashes are scattered at a special place by the family.
The family want a funeral at the Taranaki Racecourse on a Saturday. Horses are important and they want to reflect this in the service. The family want to have the casket at home for several days before the funeral service. The service is to be led by a celebrant and at the end of the funeral service everyone will move to Awanui Cemetery for a burial. After the burial everyone is invited to return to the raceclub for refreshments which includes a few drinks. The family select an Archetype Solid Pine casket. They have a family friend who is a florist and offers to provide the flowers. We provide service sheets, but the grandson of the person who died creates the slide show. We organise AV equipment and sound system hire for the venue. They are expecting about 100 people.
The person who died didn’t want to have a funeral. They didn’t want to cause any fuss or bother for those left behind. Wanting to respect this decision the family opted for a no service cremation. This meant, after meeting with the family to determine their wishes, that we collected the person from the rest home where they died, brought them back to the funeral home, placed them in a very simple cardboard casket, took care of all the legal requirements such as gathering the medical and cremation documentation and permissions, registered the death, and then proceeded with the Direct Cremation. There was no viewing, no notice placed in the paper, no flowers, no service sheets. It would be our hope as funeral professionals that this family despite not having a formal funeral service would find an opportunity to do something on their own to mark this life. This could be as simple as gathering together at home and sharing memories, or going out to dinner as a family or having a memorial service at another time. With Direct Cremation, options exist for the family to have viewing, spend time with the casket, or have a memorial service at a later time. In such instances our professional service fee is different to reflect the additional services used.
|Simple Service||Church Service||Chapel Service||Saturday Burial||Direct Cremation|
|Casket Selected||$895.00||$995.00||$1,533.00||$2,055.00||Included in Professional Services Fee|
|Dignified Care/Embalming||Included||Included||$596.00||$596.00||Included in Professional Services Fee|
|Temporary Grave Marker||-||-||-||$62.00||-|
|Design and Setup Fee||-||$95.00||$95.00||$95.00||-|
|Audio Visual Hire||$1,700.00|
|Council Weekend/Public Holiday Fee||-||-||-||$685.00||-|