pinching ways of celebrating funerals
Itís a touchy subject Ė but letís just be frank and talk
about it earnestly. It seems inescapable, our departure that is, so we
must confront the issue at some time, either for ourselves our
nearest and dearest. Funerals can be expensive, and while it
may seem disrespectful talking about money in times of grief,
the bottom line is funerals are not free; a little bit of
planning can avoid cost without compromising the sincerity of
a casket wreath for my father in-law, as he was not a
"keeping up with the jones" person, and I made
it to suit him, which had weeds, grasses, shells, hooks,
pheasant tails and heather. He lived off the land where he
fished, farmed, went shooting, and at his back yard was
the West Coast beach, as was the heather on the hills. You
might think this was being a cheapskate, but in fact this
was him....and the cost was to go out and get
families spent between $6000 and $8000.
the 180 cremations the company performed last year, only
two families bought the casket. The rest chose to use a
families are choosing the private family service at their
houses or an intimate location.
best way to cut down on funeral costs was to have friends
or family put together slideshows and videos rather than
outsourcing it and use their own minister where possible.
5% of New Zealanders had pre-payment plans or insurance
policies to help cover funeral costs.
cremation $3,000 (no service, no viewing)
with viewing but no service $4,000
with simple sevrice $5,500
Funeral Directors Association (FDANZ) have a prepaid
funeral scheme that allows people to pre-arrange and
pre-pay their funerals. The scheme enables people to pay
for their funerals at todayís prices Ė you pay the
current price for the casket and funeral service,
regardless of when you die.