There is a wealth of information available across many sources.

The information below has been gathered through researching across New Zealand media and web sources.

Please take your time to look through the articles and resources below.

They are designed to be as comprehensive as possible so you can make informed decisions.

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General Information about Funerals

Citizens Advice Bureau - Funeral and registration of Death information

Choosing a funeral director - New Zealand Funeral Directors Association

Choosing a funeral celebrant - International College of Celebracy

Government Funeral Grant Information - Work and Income NZ

Life and Death: The Journey In-between - The Davis Way

Funerals take on a personal twist - NewsHub

Kiwi burials set to change - NewsHub

Consider a living funeral, South Canterbury woman urges - Stuff NZ

Funeral song list shows sense of humour - Stuff NZ

Donors gift of hope - Stuff NZ

Tougher rules for NZ Funeral Industry - Radio NZ

Death and Dying - Ruth McManus and Rosemary Du Plessis. 'Death and dying', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Funeral Etiquette - Hall & Co Funeral Directors

Major overhaul of death and funeral laws recommended by Law Commission - Stuff NZ

Customs and Religious protocols -

New research shows death down under is different - Sally Raudon

Waikumete Cemetery reveals behind the scenes - NewsHub

New Zealand’s generosity in the spotlight – Include A Charity Week.

From coffin to plot, grave issues get demystified - Waikato Times

We Need To Talk About Death And Spark The Gentlest Revolution Imaginable - The Huffington Post

Decision to add natural burial ground to Kelvin Grove cemetery disappoints - Manawatu Standard

Children at Funerals - Broadbent and May

Broaching the funeral subject - Broadbent and May

How to avoid extra grief after a death - NZ Herald

Christchurch to run out of burial plots in 10 years - The Press

Christchurch City Council bans pre-purchase of burial plots at six cemeteries - The Press

Funeral planning sessions held at Tauranga parish -

Marlborough funeral company notices shift in trends - Stuff NZ

Funeral fireworks...why Kiwis go out with a bang - Stuff NZ

Military personnel remains to be brought home - NZ Veterans' Affairs

World's first digital tombstone in Slovenia lets visitors see photos and videos of the deceased - Daily Mail

Non-traditional funerals are changing how families and loved ones say goodbye - The Sydney Morning Herald

The future of the funeral - Dr Alan Wolfelt

Memorial and remembrance ideas

Keepsake Jewellery made with Funeral Flowers -

34 Unique memorial service ideas - Urns Online

Family Story Service -


Options for Funerals

Natural burials the way to go - Stuff NZ

Eco-conscious funerals on the rise - NZ Herald

Indian burial customs adapted for the NZ generation - By Brenda Cottingham

Dealing with death in a kiwi way - Dominion Post

Death and Dying: Information for different Asian cultures and religions - Asian Health Support Services

Customs and religious protocols -

A Parting Gift - donating your body to science - Stuff NZ

Cadaver surge timed with the seasons - Stuff NZ

Medical school puts limit on rush of body bequests -

Catholic Funerals - information on catholic funeral traditions

DIY Funerals - information to have a DIY funeral

Putting DIY Funerals on NZs radar - Stuff NZ

Organ Donation: Wellington man donates to seven people - Stuff NZ

When the spirit is willing - Stuff NZ

Campaigner urges organ donor register to lift NZ's low donation rates - Stuff NZ

Natural Burials -

Natural Cemeteries in New Zealand -

The ultimate kiwi resting place a woollen coffin - NZ Herald 

New rules to allow natural burials in Dunedin - Otago Daily Times

Green funerals growing - The Timaru Herald

Coffin club set to help Marlborough members with final send off - Stuff NZ

Kiwis opting for cardboard caskets - NewsHub

Happy Funerals: A celebration of life? - BBC News

New Zealand considers whole family cemeteries -

Doing Death Differently: today's funerals are not like they used to be - The Guardian

First 'digital tombstones' launched - Funeral Service Times UK

Natural Burials now possible in Invercargill - Stuff NZ

More families opting to take control of the funeral process - Stuff NZ

How to wrap a body in a burial shroud for a natural burial - Urns Online 

How to bury a goldfish - UrnsOnline


Te Hokinga ā Wairua End of Life Service - Department of Internal Affairs

What to expect when someone is dying - Mary Potter Hospice

Planning Your Funeral - Broadbent and May

What you need to do when someone dies - New Zealand Government

When someone dies overseas - New Zealand Government

Veterans Affairs Funeral Expenses - NZ Veterans Affairs

WINZ Funeral Grant - Work and Income

ACC Funeral Grant - Accident Compensation Corporation

Compassionate Airfares - Air New Zealand

Compassionate Request - Jetstar

Resources on Grief - NZ Funeral Directors Association

Arranging a Funeral - what you can do yourselves: A New Zealand Guide - by Philip Tomlinson

My Life, My Funeral Kit - NZ Funeral Directors Association

Catholic Funerals - Funeral Mass Planner Guide - Catholic Funerals New Zealand

Protocols and Customs at the time of a Maori Death - by Anahera Herbert

Your Baby's Funeral - Information for parents, family or whānau on planning the funeral of a baby who has died - Sands NZ.

When a Baby Dies - NZ Funeral Directors Association

Resources and Support (a series of booklets) - The Grief Centre

Tangi/Funeral Resource - a bilingual Maori and English resource for the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand

When Caring Ends - Carers New Zealand

After a Suicide - practical information for people bereaved by suicide - Ministry of Health

When Death is Near - Supporting Others - Carers New Zealand

Crisis and Trauma Reactions - Victim Support

Bereaved parents share their stories of loss and hope -

Beyond words - grieving when your child has died - Andrew Thompson and Tricia Irving Hendry

Death Without Warning - Information and Support after an Unexpected Death (third edition) - Lynne Ewart, Hazel Neser and Tricia Irving Hendry, Skylight

Managing Trauma, Loss and Grief in the Workplace - Tricia Irving Hendry

Suddenly it is goodbye - A story for everyone who has lost a sibling - Stefanie Backhouse-Rudolph

Ageing is Living - Recipes for Life - Age Concern New Zealand

How do I report a deceased person or an account on Facebook that needs to be memorialized - Facebook

Contemporary funerals and mourning practices. An investigation of five secular countries - Sally Raudon

Enduring Power of Attorney Forms - Super Seniors NZ - Ministry of Social Development

Reaching out for help when you are grieving - Dr Alan Wolfelt

How to talk about death with your children - Cigna NZ Blog

Grieving the Death of a Celebrity - Dr Alan Wolfelt

Why anticipatory grief is so powerful? - The Caregiver Space