Funeral Costs

Funeral Costs2018-05-04T13:06:47+00:00

We define a Funeral as the process from death to final disposition in which we as Funeral Directors are involved. For the simplicity of this page we have selected 4 distinctive types of funeral and used the names we associate with each distinct group. It is important that the reader remembers that many funerals fall outside these four groupings, and the final price will reflect the final choices made. This page is simply to give you a starting point on which to base your financial decisions on.

This page is reviewed annually and the prices contained within are only valid for the 12 months
1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

1. Direct Disposition

This is a burial or cremation where no family attend a gathering of any sort. The disposition generally takes place within 24 hours of the death and totally at a time convenient to fit around other Funeral Home bookings. It does not include any other charges such as newspaper notices, flowers, venues etc. The Funeral Interview will be attended by one of our Funeral Directors, however the disposition may be attended by junior staff.

A Direct Disposition Includes:

Professional Fees

Providing all administration facilities and staff, including 24 hour call staff, available to receive initial call. Receiving initial phone call for assistance, and arranging for deceased to be uplifted from place of death, including liaison with care staff, and medical practitioner. Initial discussion with representative to arrange time for inter view to take instructions. Attendance for interview at location of client family choice, and discussions with family offering choices and options available. Basic dignity attendance to deceased; Providing documentation & equipment to facilitate these discussions including completion of burial or cremation documentation and lodgement and processing of same; Either attendance at medical referee or completion and lodgement of burial warrant. Data entry of all records, including Registration of Death and lodgement of the same. Concluding administrative activities including invoicing, paying other charges incurred on clients behalf, and forwarding any mail.

Vehicle Use

This also includes Transfer of the Deceased from a Venue within the Wellington or Kapiti Coast District; and later, once documents for cremation are signed and medical referee attended, transportation to Kapiti Crematorium.

Casket— Direct Cremation Casket.

This casket is a cardboard casket together with a plywood base. Made from re-enforced cardboard, the caskets are strong and durable and can withstand weights up to 120kg. The deceased has a simple pillow placed under their head.

Cremation Costs

Cremation costs at Kapiti Crematorium. This includes: The actual cost of the cremation; A special Kapiti Biodegradable Cremation urn; Medical referee fees.

Other Charges—

There are no other charges included in the Direct Disposition Funeral. Any other charges added will not just be directly added to the costs but will also affect the Professional Fee.

Indicative Cost for Direct Disposition

– Cremation $3,695.00 (incl GST)

– Burial in Kapiti $6,050.00 (incl GST)

2. Private Committal

This is a burial or cremation where a small group is invited by family to attend an informal gathering to mark the passing of the person who has died. The gathering generally takes place within 48 hours of the death and is usually held in a simple venue such as a family home, funeral home viewing lounge, or crematorium chapel. The gathering is not usually led by a celebrant or minister but by family and friends and sometimes the Funeral Director is asked to close with words of committal. This type of gathering will usually include a few basic other charges such as newspaper notices after the event; booking a venue; funeral documentation; attendance at viewing; attendance and direction of the gathering.

A Private Committal Includes:

Professional Fees

Providing all administration facilities and staff, including 24 hour call staff, available to receive initial call. Receiving initial phone call for assistance, and arranging for deceased to be uplifted from place of death, including liaison with care staff, and medical practitioner. Initial discussion with representative to arrange time for interview to take instructions. Attendance for interview at location of client family choice, and discussions with family offering choices and options available. Basic dignity attendance to deceased; Providing documentation & equipment to facilitate these discussions including completion of burial or cremation documentation and lodgement and processing of same; Either attendance at medical referee or completion and lodgement of burial warrant. Data entry of all records, including Registration of Death and lodgement of the same. Concluding administrative activities including invoicing, paying other charges incurred on clients behalf, and forwarding any mail.

The Professional fee also includes fees for the arranging, coordinating and facilitating the various areas listed as other charges, including drafting, checking and lodging newspaper notice/s and arranging and setting up venue for gathering. It also includes the attendance for and direction of the Funeral Service or Gathering.

Vehicle Use

Transfer: This includes transfer of deceased from venue within the Wellington or Kapiti Coast District. The vehicle use includes 2 staff in attendance along with the vehicle that is equipped with specialist stretches, pillows, sheets and covers and other personal protective equipment required.

Hearse Hire: This includes the hearse time booked for on the day. The transportation of the casket from the venue to the cemetery or crematorium is based on time of total hire rather than mileage or distance travelled, as the hearse can be tied up for 2 to 3 hours or more yet only travel a small distance.

Casket

For this costing exercise we have based it on a Plain Pine-board Casket. There is no set casket for a Private Committal though and any casket from the range can be chosen and this will effect the final total. 

This type of casket is simple in design and aesthetics, it can’t be used for carrying as it has no handles. It is lined in simple unbleached calico with calico mattress and pillow.

Cremation Costs

Cremation costs at Kapiti Crematorium include:

  • The actual cost of the cremation;
  • A Kapiti Crematorium Biodegradable Urn;
  • Medical Referee fees.

Other Charges

The other charges included in this private Committal costing include:

  • One Newspaper notice 20 lines maximum in the Dominion Post
  • Use of Crematorium Chapel or set up of private venue.

This Private Committal costing does NOT include such items as flowers for the casket; celebrant fees; main chapel or church venue hire; service sheet printing or set up; photo slide shows or other audio visual work; special music – live or recorded; catering after the service or any other charges the family may choose.

Any other charges added will not just be directly added to the costs but will also affect the Professional Service Fee.

Please feel free to ask for a quote if additional items are required.

Indicative Cost for Private Committal

– Cremation $5,995.00 (incl GST)

– Burial in Kapiti $8,445.00 (incl GST)

3. FULL SERVICE Private or Public —Based on 60 People

This is a burial or cremation where the service is advertised and the public gather to mark the passing of the person who has died. The funeral can take place at a time convenient to the family and held in a venue such as a Church or our Funeral Home Chapel, The service is usually led by a celebrant or Minister, and includes use of our funeral home chapel and catering lounge. Professional services include booking of venue; funeral documentation; attendance at viewing; attendance and direction of the gathering; embalming of the deceased, transfers, hearse hire, newspaper notices, floral tributes, service sheets, a photo slide show, death certificate fee and facilities and catering for 60 people.

A Full Service Includes:

Professional Fees

Providing all administration facilities and staff, including 24 hour call staff, available to receive initial call. Receiving initial phone call for assistance, and arranging for deceased to be uplifted from place of death, including liaison with care staff, and medical practitioner. Initial discussion with representative to arrange time for inter view to take instructions. Attendance for interview at location of client family choice, and discussions with family offering choices and options available. Basic dignity attendance to deceased; Providing documentation & equipment to facilitate these discussions including completion of burial or cremation documentation and lodgement and processing of same; Either attendance at medical referee or completion and lodgement of Burial Warrant. Data entry of all records, including Registration of Death and lodgement of the same. Concluding administrative active ties including invoicing, paying other charges incurred on clients behalf, and forwarding any mail received.

The Professional fee also includes fees for the arranging, coordinating and facilitating the various areas listed as other charges, including drafting, checking and lodging newspaper notice/s and arranging and setting up venue for gathering. It also includes the attendance for and direction of the Funeral Service or Gathering.

Vehicle Use

Transfer: This includes transfer of deceased from venue within the Wellington or Kapiti Coast District. The vehicle use includes 2 staff in attendance for the transfer, along with the vehicle that is especially equipped with stretchers, pillows, sheets and covers used for the care and dignity of transferring the deceased. It also contains personal protective equipment required to be used at times by the staff.

Hearse Hire: This includes the hearse time booked for on the day. The transportation of the casket from the venue to the cemetery or crematorium is based on time of total hire rather than mileage or distance travelled, as the hearse can be tied up for 2 to 3 hours or more yet only travel a short distance.

Casket

Flat-lid-pine-mahogany-stainFor this costing exercise we have based it on a Flat Lid Mahogany Casket. There is no set casket for a funeral, as any casket from the range can be chosen, however this will be reflected in the final total.

This casket shown is a pine casket with either a rimu or mahogany stain and can be used for carrying and for viewing. It is lined with a ivory coloured satin side-set, mattress and a pillow.

Cremation Costs

Cremation costs at Kapiti Crematorium — include:

  • The actual cost of the cremation;
  • A Kapiti Crematorium Biodegradable Urn;
  • Medical Referee fees.

Other Charges

The other charges included in this “Full Service” costing include:

  • One Newspaper notices, 20 lines maximum, placed in the Dominion Post
  • Hire of either Church or Chapel and Lounge facilities
  • Celebrant/Minister gratuity
  • Embalming and presentation of deceased
  • Floral Tributes
  • Service Sheets printed in full colour
  • Preparation of photo slide show
  • Catering (food supplied and served)
  • Memorial Register
  • New Zealand Death Certificate

Indicative Cost for Full Service (60 people)

— Cremation $9,750,00 (incl GST)

— Burial in Kapiti $11,980,00 (incl GST)

4. FULL SERVICE — Based on 200 People

This is a burial or cremation where the service is advertised and the public gather to mark the passing of the person who has died. The funeral can take place at a time convenient to the family and held in a venue such as a Church or our Funeral Home Chapel, The service is usually led by a celebrant or Minister, and includes use of our funeral home chapel and catering lounge. Professional services include booking of venue; funeral documentation; attendance at viewing; attendance and direction of the gathering; embalming of the deceased, transfers, hearse hire, newspaper notices, floral tributes, service sheets, a photo slide show, death certificate fee and facilities and catering for 200 people.

A Full Service Includes

Professional Fees

Providing all administration facilities and staff, including 24 hour call staff, available to receive initial call. Receiving initial phone call for assistance, and arranging for deceased to be uplifted from place of death, including liaison with care staff, and medical practitioner. Initial discussion with representative to arrange time for interview to take instructions. Attendance for interview at location of client family choice, and discussions with family offering choices and options available. Basic dignity attendance to deceased; Providing documentation & equipment to facilitate these discussions including completion of burial or cremation documentation and lodgement and processing of same; Either attendance at medical referee or completion and lodgement of burial warrant. Data entry of all records, including Registration of Death and lodgement of the same. Concluding administrative activities including invoicing, paying other charges incurred on clients behalf, and forwarding any mail.

The Professional fee also includes fees for the arranging, coordinating and facilitating the various areas listed as other charges, including drafting, checking and lodging newspaper notice/s and arranging and setting up venue for gathering. It also includes the attendance for and direction of the Funeral Service or Gathering.

Vehicle Use

Transfer: This includes transfer of deceased from venue within the Wellington or Kapiti Coast District. The vehicle use includes 2 staff in attendance for the transfer, along with the vehicle that is especially equipped with stretchers, pillows, sheets and covers used for the care and dignity of transferring the deceased. It also contains personal protective equipment required to be used at times by the staff.

Hearse Hire: This also includes the hearse time booked for on the day. The transportation of the casket from the venue to the cemetery or crematorium is based on time of total hire rather than mileage or distance travelled, as the hearse can be tied up for 2 to 3 hours or more yet only travel a small distance.

Casket

raised-lid-mahoganyFor this costing exercise we have based it on a Raised Lid Rimu Casket. There is no set casket for a “full service” though any casket from the range can be chosen and this will effect the total cost. This type of casket is pine and comes with either a rimu or mahogany stain and is highly polished. It can be used for carrying and for viewing. It is lined with an ivory coloured satin side-set, mattress and cushion.

Cremation Costs

Cremation costs at Kapiti Crematorium include:

  • The actual cost of the cremation;
  • Crematorium Chapel hire;
  • A Kapiti Crematorium Biodegradable Urn;
  • Medical Referee fees.

Other Charges

The other charges included in this “Full Service” costing include:

  • 2 x Newspaper Notices e.g Dominion Post x2, or once plus one other National paper
  • Hire of either Church or Chapel and lounge facilities
  • Embalming and presentation of deceased
  • Celebrant/Minister Fee/Gratuity
  • Organist Gratuity
  • Floral Tributes for Casket
  • Service Sheets printed in full colour
  • Preparation of photo slide Show
  • Catering (food supplied and served)
  • Memorial Register
  • New Zealand Death Certificate

Indicative Cost for Full Service (200 people)

— Cremation $12,895.00 (incl GST)

— Burial in Kapiti $14,950.00 (incl GST)

 

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Helpful Financial Information

Funeral Prepayments

You may wish to consider pre-paying your funeral. As with pre-organising the funeral, this arrangement can help relieve loved ones of emotional and financial concerns.

The Kapiti Coast Funeral Home has brochures available on pre-payment schemes.

Financial Assistance

Accident Compensation Corporation:

There is a grant available from ACC for a death by accident. Claims are assessed by ACC, and forms are available through the Funeral Home or local ACC office. Presently the maximum ACC funeral grant is currently $6,021.11

Income Support Service:

The WINZ funeral grant may be available to the partner, child, parent or guardian or funeral director of someone who has died, to help towards the cost of the funeral. The grant is currently $1,971.37 and is income and asset tested.

The basic principle applied by WINZ is that you should be using the deceased persons finances to pay for a funeral service. The WINZ funeral grant is only seen as a “top up” towards a funeral account.