Funeral Expenses

For many people it is important to know how much a funeral will cost. There are many variables depending on the style of service families choose to have. The total cost of a funeral is dependent on a number of factors, some that we can control and others that we can’t.  We will be able to guide you regarding costs and expenses.  The variations in price mean that without sitting down and going through the specific requests it is hard to put a price on a funeral.

The Funeral Directors professional fee also covers all of the company overheads, vehicles, and on call staff – 24 hours,  this fee can vary sometimes depending on our involvement in the funeral and services provided to the family.

Caskets:  We have a large selection of caskets available.  These range from a basic customwood casket at $960.00 to solid timber caskets in excess of $6640.00.

Cost Saving Considerations: - Whilst we can and usually do look after paying all of the above for our families, there are ways of reducing the funeral expenses by families looking after some things themselves.  

Burial and Cremation Fees: These are charged from the local council.  Your funeral director will be able to let you know these charges.

Financial Assistance

Dignity Funeral Services offers a full range of services to accommodate most budgets. Please ring us to discuss your specific requirements. We can advise on the range of assistance available for families requiring help with funeral costs. Assistance and advice can be given on the closing of bank accounts and applications for funeral grants from Work and Income and the Accident Compensation Corporation.

WINZ Grant – there is a funeral grant available from Work and Income New Zealand.  It is a lump sum payment to assist with funeral expenses, it is means tested and will not cover the full cost of the funeral.  We can assist you with the application.  You will need to provide us with a recent bank statement for the deceased and sign the application and we can assist you with filing it.

ACC – if a person’s death is as a result of an accident application can be made to ACC for a funeral grant. We can assist you with this application and usually do on your behalf.  There may be other grants that dependants may be entitled to.

Closing Bank Accounts – we are able to assist with the closing of bank accounts if the balance of the account is under $11,000.00. Please ask your funeral director to assist you with this.

Funeral Costs

A Funeral account is really many accounts in one. These can be broken into three areas:

  • Funeral Service Charges: These charges vary with the quantity of service required, and include Professional service fee, use of facilities, preparation of deceased, hearse hireage etc
  • The casket - A wide range is available. The cost includes the casket, the linings, handles & other fittings,  and labour for fitting these to the casket.
  • Other items (accounts paid on behalf of the family) - These cover as many items as the family wish to be charged to us, e.g. flowers, newspaper notices, cremation fee and chapel hire, celebrant, service sheets etc.
  • An Account Service Fee is added to all funeral accounts, but deducted if the account is paid by due date by cash/cheque or internet banking