Direct Cremation Services

Direct Cremation Services - how do they differ from traditional cremation? The main difference is in the timeline: when opting for a direct cremation service, from the time your loved one passes, until they are returned to you as ash, family will not have the opportunity to have viewings. Services such as these are useful for when a family does not want too much ceremony surrounding the death, and additionally they cost a lot less - easing the financial burden is the least that we at Lagoon View can do in times like these, when the burden of loss is already heavy upon you and your family.

Direct Cremation

Some like the idea of being sent off to the next life in accordance with tradition - others do not want to bother with the formality, and would rather a simple, hassle-free, cheap service so that little fuss is made and everyone afterwards can get on with their lives, avoiding the potential upset that traditional funerals may create. That is Direct Cremation’s most significant benefit. Additionally, it prevents the body of the deceased from lying idle and becoming a sanitation hazard - better in certain cases to simply get things moving and deal with the situation quickly for the satisfaction of everyone involved. Our Direct Cremation Services, as well as our standard Cremation services give you and your family a chance to say goodbye to your loved ones in a much more relaxed, informal environment than that of standard or traditional funerals. Another benefit is that the money that would have been spent on funeral expenses can instead be left to the family to help out during this difficult time.

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Direct Cremation Services

How does Direct Cremation work?

Here’s how our Direct Cremation Services work:

  • Your loved one is collected by our funeral directors
  • Your loved one is transported back to our funeral home and are cared for until they’re cremated
  • We assist you in completing the paperwork legally required for a cremation
  • The deceased is placed in an inexpensive MDF plain casket and transported to the crematorium
  • The cremation takes place.
  • The death is registered by the funeral home
  • Original death certificate is returned to you
  • The ashes are either scattered at the crematorium/cemetery garden or returned to you – whichever you prefer

best price guarantee

find any quoted or advertised price for any identical products and/or services within Auckland and we’ll do it better. Under the following conditions, we guarantee you the lowest cost funeral services of anywhere in Auckland:

  •  A written quote or price list must be shown
  • Quote or price list must be from the past 30 days
  • Only applies to the funeral home costs
  • All due fees must be completely paid for at the dressing

Lagoon View is Auckland’s premier Low Cost Funeral Home, and this can be seen through our prices. However, the price promise still stands – if you find an advertised or quoted price and want it beaten, we can do that for you. Please peruse in the meantime our services and their costs:

Our Price List

Direct Cremation Services from $560:

  • Pick up within Auckland
  • No embalming
  • No viewing
  • Funeral director to dress
  • Plain MDF casket up to 6’1 21 X 12
  • Coach transport to cemetery
  • Death certificate
  • Cremation application
  • Return of ashes to family
  • Must qualify for WINZ funeral grant

 

Basic Cremation or Burial from $3650:

  • Pick up within Auckland
  • No embalming
  • Standard unpolished casket up to 6’1 12 X 21
  • Transport to cemetery
  • Death certificate
  • Cremation application
  • Doctors medical certificate
  • Return of ashes to family

 

Traditional Cremation from $4995:

  • Pick up within Auckland
  • Full embalm
  • Family or funeral director to dress
  • Standard unpolished casket up to 6’1 21 x 12
  • Drop off within Auckland
  • Death certificate
  • Cremation application
  • Doctors medical certificate
  • Return of ashes to family

 

Traditional Burial from $4995:

  • Pick up within Auckland
  • Full Standard Embalm
  • Family or funeral director to dress
  • Standard unpolished casket up to 6’1 21 x 12
  • Drop off within Auckland
  • Death certificate

 

Repatriation from $5945:

  • Pick up within Auckland
  • Full Standard Embalm
  • Standard unpolished casket up to 6’1 12 X 21
  • Drop off within Auckland
  • 2x death certificate
  • Travel documents
  • Transport from home to airport

 

Price Promise:

Find any advertised or quoted price for any like for like products and or services within Auckland and we’ll do it better.

  • A written quote or pricelist must be shown.
  • Quote or pricelist must be from the past 30 days.
  • Only applies to the funeral home costs.
  • All fees must be paid in full at the dressing.

Questions & Answers

How soon can I collect the ashes?
Once all funds are paid in full, the ashes of your loved one are usually available in about two working days after the service.

Can ashes be divided up?
Yes they can. This is optimally discussed with Lagoon View at the time of the arrangement so that we can inform the chosen crematorium of your wishes. We also need notice of this so that we may get started on the paperwork that is required if any of those portions are intended to be sent overseas.

Burying/scattering of ashes:
There are certain restrictions as to where ashes may be dispersed or disposed of. All regional and local authorities have procedures in place for the interments of ash in their respective cemeteries. Alternatively, the ashes may be scattered at a place of significance to you and your loved one. In all cases barring the ownership of said significant place by the family of the deceased, the landowner’s, local iwi or other relevant authority’s permission should be sought out. There is a strict prohibition over the scattering of ashes in places such as fishing grounds or other rivers and lakes, as these are traditional food gathering sites for the local iwi. We, as experienced purveyors of cremation funeral services, can help facilitate permission from the various interest groups or organise interment in traditional cemeteries.

What is legally involved in the cremation process?
The legality of facilitating a cremation requires different procedures from those needed for a burial. Mainly, the certifying doctor has to have seen the body after death – they have an additional form to complete for the local cremation authority. This, as well as an application for cremation which is filled out by the near next of kin at the time of arranging the funeral, is submitted to an independent medical advisor or referee – (by your funeral director) – so as to obtain a legal ‘Permission to Cremate’ authorisation.

Contact us

If our Direct Cremation Services sound like something that either you or a loved one would prefer to more traditional funeral service arrangements, get in touch with our team at Lagoon View today on 09 527 1866 so we can get the ball rolling and organise a simple send off and return/scattering of the ashes.