Planning your funeral?

Planning your funeral - Step One

STEP ONE choose:

conventional burial
natural burial
sea burial

Burial or Cremation

Their funeral plans

Thank you to those who have willingly submitted their ideas.


Artisan interior“Upon my passing I would like to be placed in an Artisan casket, lid off, in our family lounge. I want people to talk to me. My informal, at home farewell will be led by someone who can express my comfort with the unknown and infinite love. I want lots of noise; chatter, banter, freely expressed emotions and wild music. I want peace and quiet – naturally.”


Willow Coffin“My funeral will be a mix of the traditional and what I hope will have become common practice by the time I die – a natural burial. A soft shroud and a wicker basket in a shallow grave would be perfect. I plan to have a requiem mass in the Sacred Heart Cathedral with beautiful music, favourite readings and lots of participation from my extended family. A joyful occasion!”



“On my death I wish to be laid out by women and anointed with essential oils. I do not wish to be embalmed but managed with dry ice if necessary. Lay my head on a cloth embroidered by my great grandmother. Wrap me in a beautiful shroud then lash me to a sturdy board for transfer by family to my goodbye ceremony at a local community venue. Cremation or natural burial? Yet to be decided. No funeral director required”

Waitakere Ranges“I would like my funeral to be a little fun – with tears and smiles. Play ABBA’s Chiquitta, Clouds by Zach Sobiech and bagpipes. After the service a relaxed BBQ with a whisky or two. I’ll be dressed casually, in jeans, a nice top and probably slippers. A photo of my son by my heart. My vessel of choice is the Artisan Nikau. I wish to be cremated and ashes scattered (with permission) within view of the Waitakere Ranges.”


“I would like a direct natural burial at Makara Natural Burial Cemetery. Wearing a simple linen dress with a voluminous swing coat – feet, bare. Placed in a light wood Artisan coffin lying on the quilt made by my grandmother, created from bygone outfits. No graveside service but a performance by the Wellington Batacuda percussion group while backfilling. After, Old Stones Ginger Wine Reserve and Cadbury’s Summer Rolls will be offered. My native tree of choice? A common streamside daisy – Oleria cheesmanii.”

Have a thorough browse of this site, so you can make informed choices and in your own time, plan your funeral.

My funeral plan – print this off, fill it in and leave with your solicitor or family member.

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