Whichever form of service you choose, the purpose is the same — to acknowledge the death and celebrate the life of your loved one, and to honour their memory.
A funeral service is an opportunity to show our love and respect for the deceased and pay tribute to the life lived. It’s about bringing grieving family members and friends together in support of one another, at a time of loss. Whether traditional or contemporary, a funeral is the first step toward healing after loss. In New Zealand we typically approach funerals in one of two ways. The most common is a traditional funeral service, with a memorial service being the other, more modern option.
Traditional services are usually conducted in a chapel, church, or any other place of worship. Whatever your religious affiliation, we can work with your organisation to arrange your loved one’s farewell. We will take care of the ‘behind the scenes’ aspects of their funeral and liaise with the facility’s custodian to ensure your service runs as smoothly as possible.
Auckland Funeral Services can also work with your local minister, or provide a spiritual leader, or funeral celebrant from a range of religions and ethnicities, ensuring your family receives the care and ceremony appropriate to your faith and culture.
The days of a funeral being held only in a place or worship are over; more and more people are choosing a memorial service rather than a traditional funeral. This is common where the deceased’s body is not present, or they had to be cremated before a service could be conducted.
A memorial service can retain many features of a tradition funeral, such the ritual and other elements of religion like hymns and prayers. Or it can be simpler and more casual than a traditional funeral — a very intimate and engaging affair. Some memorial services are entirely non-religious or ‘humanist’, led by a celebrant, or family and friends of the deceased.
Often families want a memorial service to be held in a unique setting or a place that has sentimental meaning for either the deceased or the living. No matter where you decide to gather together, such a service will make a difference in the lives of all who attend.