The respectful and professional preparation of a deceased person, giving opportunity for family and friends to say their last goodbyes, remains at the core of our assumed duties as a funeral home. Natural changes in a deceased’s body condition can occur quickly, and without any necessary attentions can cause distress for family members in a private setting, or in the more public setting of a funeral service. The desire to see is the natural response to any traumatic event. Viewing of the prepared body can play an important role in moving a person through the experience of grief in a healthy way, because it represents undeniable confirmation of the death. Our Mortuary Services team consists of experienced embalmers who are qualified with the New Zealand Diploma in Embalming Services, and some less experienced staff who work under supervision and are in training towards formal qualifications. Although preparation of deceased persons by the embalming procedures is generally always recommended and remains the predominant method of care, our mortuary team is flexible enough to offer alternate forms of care. If you are concerned about whether embalming procedures are right for you or your loved one, please call us and ask to speak to someone from our mortuary services team.
Full Services Care
Professional Fees: $975 (GST Incl.)
This option is the recommended procedure whenever family wish to provide for viewing of the deceased at the Funeral Home or in a family home environment.
- Preparation by embalming involves both external and internal procedures, and it is the most effective way of delaying or arresting natural changes to the deceased body’s condition.
- A dilute solution of preservative products is circulated around the internal body tissue, and results in improved colour, appearance and tissue texture of the deceased person.
- The skilled embalmer will also improve the appearance of the facial features – often a recent photograph is provided by the family to help the embalmer with this task.
- On completion of the technical process, the body is thoroughly washed, and dressed – clothing is usually provided by the family
- Over the next few days, some minor attendances only may be necessary to maintain the good condition.
Natural Products Care
Professional Fees: $1400 (GST Incl.)
This option may be preferred by a family whenever the use of preservative products is declined. Naturally occurring products such as essential oils or pre-embalming solutions are used in this process. However, although the procedures for preparing the deceased are similar to those involving full services care, and the products used will generally retard the onset of natural changes, the end effect in terms of final appearance may be quite different, and more temporary in nature. Viewing of the deceased is generally only recommended within a Funeral Home, where changes in the deceased’s condition can be carefully monitored.
Traditional (Limited) Care
Professional Fees: $650 (GST Incl.)
Bioseal Containment Bag (if required): $350 (GST Incl.)
Traditional care procedures may be carried out whenever embalming procedures are declined. Whenever this option is preferred, viewing of the deceased is often restricted to within the first 12 – 24 hours after the death. These procedures include:
- Washing of the body and hair
- Setting of facial features
- Removal of any fluid and body material discharge
- Dressing of the deceased or wrapping in linen cloth (eg. following a coronial autopsy examination)
- Preparation of a body may only commence once a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death has been completed, or the New Zealand Coroner has authorised the release of the body.
- Usual procedures regarding our care of the deceased may sometimes be limited in certain circumstances of rapid decomposition, body trauma, death by infectious disease, or medical treatments by radioactive substances, and may require sealed containment procedures, and maintenance of body condition within a cool temperature environment.
- Embalming procedures are a non-declinable option whenever repatriation of the body by public transport is being considered, for example public airways transport.