Organising

Organising

Caring for the deceased

Stuart listens closely to the wishes of a loved one’s family and to any wishes the deceased may have expressed prior to their death. He cares for the deceased, in accordance with decisions made by the family. Smoothing a difficult time for families as much as he can, Stuart deals with allthe related practical matters sensitively, tactfully, and respectfully.

Venue and catering

When choosing an appropriate venue for a funeral, consideration must be given to the expected size of the congregation, affiliations with particular churches or venues, the wishes of family members and the deceased, the availability of the venue, facilities for catering and cost. Stuart is able to suggest venues which would be suitable, check on availability and reserve times for the funeral and post-funeral refreshments to take place.

Arranging floral tributes

In choosing floral tributes there is an opportunity to express the personality and preferences of a loved one – favourite flowers, favourite colours, and personal style. Stuart can organise the arranging and delivery of floral tributes. Alternatively, it may bring comfort for the family to organise this aspect of the funeral themselves.

Programme design and printing

An order of service is often kept as a memento of someone who has been special in the lives of those around them. Designing an order of service can be a time-consuming task for families already overwhelmed with all the demands that surround the death of a loved one. Stuart designs and prints highly professional orders of service, thus removing the stress of this task from those who prefer to leave it to him.

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Funeral costs

Assessing funeral expenses
Accurate estimates of the total cost of a funeral can be given once all the decisions have been made. Costs will vary considerably depending on the family’s needs. For example, the expected number of attendees at a service will dictate catering costs and the number of orders of service required, both of which are charged on a per head basis.

Accurately working out the numbers likely to attend the service can be difficult. Take into account the deceased’s friendship group, and community and business contacts, as well as those who might come and support the deceased’s family.

The average cost of a funeral with cremation is around $7,500 and with burial is around $8,800. The cost of services will range from $2,200 to above $10,000, depending on the family’s needs.

Funerals for ex-service men and women
Tributes to returned service personnel
As a special tribute, returned service personnel of countries within the British Empire have the right to have the national flag draped over their casket. They may also have the Last Post, the Ode and Reveille played at their funeral service, and have poppies cast on their casket. For returned service personnel of other nationalities, options can be discussed with the funeral director.

For New Zealand returned soldiers, Veterans’ Affairs in Wellington will provide a burial plot or ash plot at no charge in most cemeteries.

Family members can discuss with Stuart whether or not a military funeral is appropriate.

To reduce stress on the family, Stuart at Cambridge Funeral Services, will liaise with lawyers, doctors and other officials if necessary as part of the service he offers. He will also offer advice which may smooth the way at a difficult time.

For further information about funeral organisation, contact Stuart.

 


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