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Funeral Costs and Financial Arrangements

It is important that the farewell you decide on is one that meets your needs and your budget. Your funeral director will be happy to discuss these with you and suggest ways to tailor the service so that you can honour the person who has died in a way that feels right for you.

Our package pricing for direct cremation and farewell viewing provide you with the assurance that the total costs are known from the beginning of the arrangements.

We can also design services using the many options in our full component price list. This allows for services to be tailored according to your individual requirements.

We are always happy to provide pricing estimates for you for the different options. To give you an idea of pricing for different funeral options we have some example pricing listed below.

All pricing is inclusive of GST.

  • Direct Cremation - $3550.00

    Direct Cremation with no viewing and no service.

    • Professional Services Fee

    • Transfer from place of death to our premises

    • Transfer to Andersons Bay Crematorium

    • Direct Cremation casket

    • Mortuary Care –   dressing & casketing

    • Cremation certificate

    • DCC Cremation Fee

    • Death registration & death certificate

    Direct Cremation

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    Depending on your financial circumstances there may be some additional grants available. Should you meet the criteria and your application be approved, the Direct Cremation cost can be as little as $2600.00

  • Farewell Viewing - $4250.00

    Cremation with farewell viewing but no service.

    • Professional Services Fee

    • Transfer from place of death to our premises

    • Transfer to Andersons Bay Crematorium

    • Basic customwood casket (fully lined)

    • Mortuary Care –  washing and dressing, embalming if required and/ or presentation for viewing.

    • One family farewell viewing – in our viewing room within business hours

    • Cremation certificate

    • Cremation Fee

    • Death registration & death certificate

     

    Depending on your financial circumstances there may be some additional grants available. Should you meet the criteria and your application be approved, a Farewell Viewing can cost as little as $3300.00

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  • Friends and Family Farewell

    from $ 6050.00

    An informal farewell in our Carisbrook Room for up to 30 people. The reception lounge is available for a one hour time frame for family and friends to gather for light refreshments.

    This pricing includes the following services and products.

    • Professional Services Fee

    • Transfer from place of death to our premises

    • Hearse to Andersons Bay Crematorium

    • Basic customwood casket with 6 handles  (fully lined)

    • Mortuary Care –  washing, dressing, casketing and presentation for viewing.

    • Single viewing –  in our viewing room prior to the service if requested

    • Cremation certificate

    • Tea, coffee, juice and homemade biscuits in our reception lounge.

    • DCC Cremation Fee

    • Death registration & death certificate

    Note: If a celebrant is required, there will be an additional costs of between $300 - $500.

     

    The final price is depending on the venue, services and products that have been selected.

  • Simple Cremation Service

     from $7850.00

    This pricing is based on a service in Gillions Chapel followed by private cremation and includes the following items

    • Professional Services Fee

    • Transfer from place of death to our premises

    • Hearse to Andersons Bay Crematorium

    • Farewell casket

    • Mortuary Care –  washing and dressing, embalming and presentation for viewing.

    • Single Viewing – in our viewing room

    • Placement of Newspaper notice (notice price additional)

    • Celebrant or officiant

    • Music

    • Chapel hire

    • 50 book marks

    • Cremation certificate

    • DCC Cremation Fee

    • Death registration & death certificate

    The final price is depending on the venue, services and products that have been selected.

  • Full Cremation Service - 100 people

     from $10,500.00

    Service at Gillions Chapel followed by private cremation (pricing may differ slightly at other venues)

    • Professional Services Fee

    • Transfer from place of death to our premises

    • Transfer to Andersons Bay Crematorium

    • Cargill casket (photo wood veneer finish - satin  lined)*

    • Mortuary Care –  washing and dressing, embalming and presentation for viewing.

    • Viewings – in our viewing room

    • Newspaper notice - x 2 average notices in the O.D.T. ($200)

    • Celebrant or officiant

    • Live streaming from our chapel and recording of the service

    • Music

    • Chapel and reception lounge hire

    • Catering for 100 (option 1  - $9.50 per head)

    • Memorial book

    • Photoshow

    • 100 service sheets

    • Casket spray of flowers ($250)

    • Cremation certificate

    • DCC Cremation Fee

    • Death registration & death certificate

  • Burial Service - 100 people

    from $14,040.00 with a new plot

        or $11,920.00 for an existing grave

    Service at Gillions Chapel followed by burial  (pricing may differ slightly at other venues)

    • Professional Services Fee

    • Transfer from place of death to our premises

    • Transfer to Cemetery in the Dunedin area

    • Cargill casket (photo wood veneer finish - satin  lined)*

    • Mortuary Care –  washing and dressing, embalming and presentation for viewing.

    • Viewings – in our viewing room

    • Newspaper notice - x 2 average notices in the O.D.T. ($200)

    • Celebrant or officiant

    • Live streaming from our chapel and recording of the service

    • Music

    • Chapel and reception lounge hire

    • Catering for 100 (option 1  - $9.00 per head)

    • Memorial book

    • Photoshow

    • 100 service sheets

    • Casket spray of flowers ($250)

    • DCC Interment charges

    • Death registration & death certificate

Optional costs

Ashes urns, ashes plot purchase, monumental work and grave markers are all additional costs which we can also advise on.

Estimates

When we arrange the initial funeral details with you, we will give you a preliminary estimate of the costs. We can then follow this up with a detailed estimate.

This gives you the opportunity to confirm the details or to make changes. We will need to have these finalised at least 48 hours before the service.

The Funeral Account

 This is made up of three parts:

  1. Our professional service fee for the services that Gillions provide for you:  Receiving instructions, making necessary arrangements, completing required documentation, liaising with relevant medical authorities, administration of local authority charges, administration of disbursements, and attending to death registration. This also covers a portion of resourcing and operating costs: premises/vehicles/staffing 24/7.
  2. The products and services supplied by us eg transfers, casket, service sheets, catering etc.
  3. Disbursements & gratuities are the services that we organise and pay on your behalf eg. cemetery or crematorium costs, celebrant, musicians, cremation certificate, newspaper notices, flowers, monumental work.

Payment terms

The account will be sent to you approximately ten days after the date of the funeral. The due date for payment will be four weeks from the invoice date.  All outstanding accounts will attract default interest if not paid by the due date, and may also incur any recovery costs further down the track.

 We can accept payment by cheque, cash, direct credit, EFTPOS (daily limits may apply) and credit card (surcharges may apply).  If, coming up to the due date there is likely to be a delay in your payment coming through, please contact us to discuss options.

How we can help

Financial Assistance

Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) have a funeral grant that may be available to help towards the cost of a funeral. The grant is income and asset tested and the maximum payable changes each financial year.  There is a fact sheet in your arrangement folder with basic information - we also have available the application form and can assist you with completing it if required.

Veterans Affairs may be able help if the funeral is for some ex-service personnel, and the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) has a funeral grant for deaths occurring because of an accident or medical misadventure.

Please note — only one of these types of grants are available for each funeral. We can advise and help you with the application if you wish.

Closing of bank accounts

When someone dies without leaving a will, and their estate is modest, Gillions can assist with the closing of bank accounts and arrange for the funds to be transferred to us for payment of the funeral account. This simplifies the process for family and friends when settling the financial affairs.

Compassionate airfares

For immediate family members travelling to attend a funeral, a compassionate airfare may be available. Please check with your airline if they offer this service and if so, we are happy to provide you with a letter confirming the details.