What we offer

To Suit your Budget and Needs

Please feel free to bring us a quote and we will offer a competitive alternative with excellence in service guaranteed.

Pre arrangement & pre payment of Funerals:

Pre-planning or Pre-paying for a funeral or life celebration is one of the most thoughtful things that you can do for your family and loved ones. We offer an option to pre arrange and pre pay for the funeral. The FDANZ funeral trust has been set up not as an investment but as a pre payment for a Service to be rendered. This means that the trust is not subject to investment criteria making it easy to operate and administer. Cosignia Ltd administrates this trust. Cosignia in conjunction with all the FDANZ member firms ensures that participants are accurately informed of how much and where this money is placed. Funds can be placed in by lump sum, partial payments or automatic payments direct from personal accounts. Accessing these funds when the time comes can all be handled by your funeral director, any remaining monies are paid directly back to the estate of the deceased.

William Sampson Memorial Chapel:

With seating for 150 and a lounge area at the rear with additional seating for 50 the chapel has a peaceful feeling, soft pastel green walls with contrasting Rimu pews, a conservatory area with plants. In front of a marble altar, the casket is placed on a rimu catafalque suitable for both burial services and cremation committals.

Cremation Service:

We have the only crematorium on the West Coast and this is situated on site. Inspection of the facility is welcomed. No other funeral home in Greymouth will offer cremation carried out here in our home town.

Monumental agency:

We are monumental agents and provide full facilities for arranging new monuments and the renovation of existing monuments.

Catering Facilities:

We are pleased to arrange full catering facilities with several different venues appropriate to your individual needs all within a short distance from our funeral home.

Caskets:

We offer a wide variety from solid timber through to specially ordered designs.

Service Sheets:

With perhaps a photo of the deceased on the front, music or hymns printed with other relevant information and an invitation to the refreshment venue.

Audio/Visual Display:

We have full facilities for designing and displaying visual tributes. This involves combining family photos with music onto a DVD format which is displayed at the funeral service and can be kept as a keep sake.

Memorial Register:

When combined with our Memorial Album this will be a lasting record of the family & friends who were able to attend the funeral and can be a significant memory of the service.

Flowers:

Are often an important part of a funeral and we can arrange a casket spray or individually designed spray, in addition committal flowers can also be supplied for at the cemetery or crematorium.

Clergy:

We will arrange either a Minister, Priest or Funeral celebrant depending on your requirements, someone that you feel comfortable with who will structure a funeral service appropriate for the family and the person who has died.

Death Notices:

We will arrange for Death Notices to be placed in the newspapers of your choice and assist you with the format and family details.

Legal Requirements:

We will also arrange all legal documentation and requirements, which will remove this burden and responsibility from your family.

Videoing the funeral service:

Videoing of the funeral service can be helpful, both to reflect on at a later date or perhaps sent to relatives who were not able to attend. Video facilities are available on request.

Returned service funerals:

We liase closely with the local branch of the Returned Services Association, and will provide you with all details available on special funeral grants if you are entitled to them. We can arrange for a flag to drape the casket, arrange for an R.S.A. representative to be present at the funeral including Bugle if this is your wish. We can also complete an order form for a bronze services plaque.

Repatriation:

Our company has vast knowledge and experience in arranging the repatriation of deceased persons to both New Zealand and overseas destinations.

Financial assistance:

Following the information above, financial assistance may be available to you from Government Agencies.

WINZ (Work & Income New Zealand)

A funeral grand may be available, your funeral director can supply documents and apply for this for you.

Ex-Service Persons

In addition to the above grants, a person who served in the Armed Forces may be entitled to a subsidised cemetery plot in the Services Lawn Cemetery.

For a Returned Service Person whose death was caused directly to War service or who was 70% permanently incapacitated due to war service and was receiving a War Pension at the time of death the WINZ Funeral Grant entitlement may be slightly greater than the above grant.

A.C.C.

In the case of accidental death, ACC may contribute towards the funeral expenses (Other grants may also be available to a dependent spouse and children). The word dependent is defined by ACC.

You cannot claim a Funeral Grant from both WINZ and A.C.C.

 

If you have any queries regarding these grants please feel free to contact the staff at Westland Funeral Services Ltd who will be able to advise and assist you.