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Macdonald & Weston
Invercargill Funeral Home & Funeral Directors
In one of the most difficult and sorrowful times, the team at Macdonald and Weston are here to provide a final farewell that is befitting of your loved one. Don’t let the stress and fear of organising a service stop you from saying a proper and fitting goodbye. Sharron and the team wish to provide a farewell as unique as the person you’re saying goodbye to and will take care of all the details with integrity, compassion, and kindness..
Locally owned and locally operated, Macdonald & Weston Funeral Home has had a long standing history in Invercargill and Southland which goes back to 1881 when the original company of Kingsland and Ferguson Ltd was first founded.
Our promise to you
Integrity, Compassion, Kindness
Every service we offer comes with a firm commitment – our cornerstone values of Integrity, Compassion, and Kindness.
Celebrating Macdonald & Weston Funeral Home`s 100 Year Centennial.
100 years ago Kingsland & Ferguson became the Macdonald & Weston we know today, J. T Macdonald and H.P Weston placed an ad in the Southland Times on 9th August 1923 notifying the public of the change of ownership and officially promoted as Macdonald & Weston Funeral Home in January 1924. A lot has changed in 100 years, the phone number back then was simply 126.
The original company of Kingsland & Ferguson Ltd was founded in 1881 by Henry Kingsland, who was joined by William Ferguson and they continued to operate until 1910 when it was purchased by John Hays Pay and John Edward Taylor both employees of the original firm, and continued to operate as Kingsland & Ferguson until 1924 when the Macdonald & Weston was officially changed. The first manager of Macdonald & Weston Ltd was James Taylor Macdonald who died in 1945, who was followed by H. P. Weston until his death in 1956.
Thankfully some things never change, we still offer the same care and compassion that they did back then. Our motto for many years now has been Integrity, Compassion and Kindness, something we hold dear and use in our day to day life. We always strive to be different to other Funeral Homes, for us creating a unique and individual farewell to your loved one is our greatest wish.
For over 130 years Macdonald & Weston Funeral Home has provided a professional service to the public of Southland and the city of Invercargill and has always endeavoured to keep pace with the changing times with first-class premises, modern vehicles and equipment and respectful, compassionate and caring service to the public.
We are going to have an Open Day on 17th March 2024, so mark the date on your calendar. Our last Open Day was a huge success with over 300 people through in 3 hours, our only negative comment was after the event was that some had missed that opportunity to “peek behind the curtains” and get more information. We are still in the process of working out the logistics, so keep an eye on this spot for future updates.
Losing a loved one is an emotionally challenging experience, and one way to convey your condolences and support to the grieving family is by presenting them with flowers at the funeral.
Flowers are not a necessity by any means and simply paying your respect can help the grieving process and help come to piece with loss and to reflect on the enjoyment the individual brought to the people around.
When it comes to flowers they can offer comfort and solace, as they symbolize the beauty and fragility of life. However, selecting the right flowers can be a thoughtful and meaningful gesture during these moments. Here’s a brief guide to help you choose the perfect flowers.
Consider the Deceased’s Preferences:
If you knew the deceased well, try to select flowers that reflect their personality and taste. If they had a favourite flower or colour, incorporating it into your arrangement can be a heartwarming tribute. This ultimately can be the best choice.
Keep It Elegant and Subtle
Funeral flowers should show elegance and simplicity. Think about whites, creams, or soft pastel hues to create a tranquil atmosphere. These colours symbolize purity and offer a sense of peace during a difficult time.
Choose Appropriate Flower Types
While lilies, roses, and carnations are some of the most commonly used funeral flowers, there are other meaningful options as well. Consider the following flowers and their symbolism:
- Lilies: Represent the restored innocence of the soul.
- Roses: Stand for love and respect.
- Carnations: Signify love and remembrance.
- Chrysanthemums: Symbolize grief and mourning.
- Gladioli: Represent strength of character and integrity.
- Orchids: Signify eternal love and beauty.
Be Mindful of Religious and Cultural Traditions:
Different religious and cultural beliefs can influence the choice of funeral flowers. Some religions prefer no flowers and in some its respectful to ask the family permission.