A funeral can and should be a fitting tribute for your loved one.
At Macdonald & Weston, we listen to your needs and guide you to take care of all the details and needs to ensure your loved one’s funeral service is personal, meaningful and everything you want it to be. We know the time after losing a loved one can often be confusing and challenging. Everyone deals with loss differently, emotions can be as varied as the individuals, and there is uncertainty especially when you are faced with planning your loved one’s funeral. It is important that everyone within your family is allowed to voice their ideas and opinions and be involved in their own way.
We know the time after losing a loved one can often be confusing and challenging.
The many families we have worked with have taught us the variety and scope of what is possible when the time comes to farewell a loved one.
Families can and often do create their own distinct service or they can adapt or embrace traditional guidelines.
Each person deserves a unique and individual service. Loss and its aftermath marks an important part of our lives and living with and moving through grief is an important step on life’s journey.
The process of funeral planning can be stressful and daunting and it can be a challenging time when it comes to saying goodbye. At Macdonald & Weston, our highly experienced team are here to help you. We are committed to providing you and your loved one with excellent care and a unique, personalized farewell, and a fitting tribute to their life.
Our staff offers you 24-hour friendly, responsive and genuine service. We are proud to serve families in the Invercargill and Southland district, and our extensive experience within the funeral industry allows us to help you design a funeral service that is unique and individual. We are not your stereotypic funeral company, we are individual and like to try different things to ensure your loved one’s service is exactly what you envisioned
We can discuss the options available to you regarding:
The team at Macdonald and Weston are committed to providing excellent service and assistance to the families we are serving.
When arranging a funeral for a close relative or friend, or just making funeral plans, you want to know that you will be listened to and guided through the entire process at your own pace. Nothing is too much trouble and you, the family, are always in control of what happens. We are here to help with your choices and we encourage families to personalize their funeral ceremonies. We also offer full pre-need arrangement discussions, community and group talks
We know dealing with the loss of a loved one can often be a confusing time for some family members. Everyone deals with loss differently, even within a family group. Emotions can run high if the future is uncertain, while also being faced with the daunting task of planning the funeral. It is important that everyone within a family group can voice their ideas/options or be involved in some way with the farewell service.
The celebration of life can be big or small and it can be formal or informal. We do not need to conform to someone’s expectation of the “perfect” funeral service. There is no standard funeral ritual. Each person has a unique service/memorial. It is an important day in our lives and in our grief.
The process of funeral planning can be stressful and daunting, it can be tough when it comes to saying goodbye, but with Macdonald and Weston, it can be made easier.
Give us a call to arrange a free, no-obligation discussion or for information on 03 218 2156.
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. We don’t want any hidden surprises.
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 custom wood casket at $1050.00 to solid timber caskets in excess of $4200.00.
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 by the local council. Your funeral director will be able to let you know about these charges.
Macdonald & Weston 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.
A Funeral account is really several accounts in one. These can be broken into three areas:
It is our normal practice to forward the funeral account approximately 1 week following the funeral service. The account is due for payment 30 days after the funeral invoice has been recieved.
This is an example only of a funeral that includes all of the most common items in a funeral costing.
Our burial packages are slighty different in that additional costs are for the actual plot fees. All plot costs include the plot, plot opening and life time maintenance.
We have a wide variety of caskets and urns available to view in our showroom.
We care about the enviroment and our impact, so our MDF caskets now have low fuming formaldehyde emissions which meet the new Japanese F**** standard which is the lowest emission standard in the world. We are also certified to meet the American CARB phase 2 standard for low formaldehyde emission board. They also carry the Environmental Choice New Zealand Certification and the New Zealand product range is certified FSC™ mixed source.
When a death occurs overseas, we can arrange and coordinate transportation back to New Zealand.
If your loved one dies in New Zealand, we can assist in returning them to their home country. This can range from transportation of the body and ensuring correct documentation accompanies your loved one’s ashes.
We are able to liaise with embassies, consulates, airline and government agencies on your behalf to ensure a dignified repatriation service is adhered to.