At Anisys Tasman Funeral Home we trust that this guide will assist you in providing information for your loved ones and help you plan a funeral. There are many different choices and options that you may like to consider.

  • What is a Pre-Planning or Pre-Arranging? Open or Close

    Pre-arranging and pre-planning are in effect the same thing It means that an individual or a near relative (or someone who holds a power of attorney for an individual) organises their wishes prior to death. These wishes are written down and are photocopied so that individuals or lawyers have a copy themselves and the original is held with the funeral home.

    This does not mean that everything is 'set in concrete' as individuals can change their minds, add different songs or poems to their wishes and update them as often as they wish. It does however mean that families are comforted by knowing what an individual wishes and means that a funeral can be personalised.

    It also means that the information required by Births, Deaths & Marriages for the issuing of a Death Certificate is available immediately and means that families can grieve rather than spending time trying to find information which may be difficult to find such as the age at which a person was married.

  • How Do You Pre-Arrange or Pre-Plan? Open or Close

    A no obligation consultation can be made with our funeral directors who will be able to explain the variety of options available. This can take place at our premises or in the privacy of your own home. Your decisions and details are recorded on the pre-arrangement form and are confidentially held until they are needed. Photocopies are provided for you, your family or lawyer as required.

  • What is Pre-Payment? Open or Close

    Some people choose to make a pre-payment when they make a pre arrangement but it is not necessary. Pre-payment relieves your family and loved ones of the responsibility for funeral payments.

    At the time of pre-arranging an estimate of costs is given, Interest on pre-payment will be used to minimize the effects of inflation on disbursements (the costs of items over which we have no control such as the Council costs for burial plots).
    Currently the government allows for pre-paid funerals up to $10,000 to be exempted from asset testing when assessing subsidy eligibility for rest home care.

  • What Venue Choices Do I Have? Open or Close

    Churches are still the most popular settings for funeral services and often have reception areas available for family and friends to get together after the service. For families without church affiliations we have churches where services can be held. There are club rooms (sport's club, Club Waimea, the Suburban Club, council halls, rest home facilities, outdoor locations, at home, at a cemetery or a crematorium chapel and we are in the process of completing a chapel for small services within our building complex.

  • Do I Need A Funeral Service? Open or Close

    Is it important? People generally feel 'empty' if they can't say a funeral service is the traditional way of saying goodbye and paying one's respects to one's loved family member or friend.

    There are choices nowadays from traditional full funerals, to personal tribute funerals, graveside services, non religious funerals, memorial services (held after cremation) at a venue of choice (from a church, club rooms, at home or the beach)

  • Do I Need A Newspaper Notice? Open or Close

    Even in this day of facebook and digital social media most people are still advised about a death through the newspaper (physically or digitally). We can place notices in any newspaper including the local newspapers and do not add any additional costs to what they charge.

  • What about Flowers ? Open or Close

    You are able to provide your own flowers, have a relative make a spray or wreath or we can organise this on your behalf. Again we charge you exactly what the florist charges us-our professional services include doing this for you.

  • Can Mourners Make Donations To My Favourite Charity? Open or Close

    Donations can be made at a service to any relevant charity in your memory. A donation box is made available at the service and the funds will be delivered to the nominated charity on the deceased behalf or by family desired.

  • Who Will Lead A Funeral Service For Me? Open or Close

    Basically anyone you wish be it a family member, a friend, clergy or a celebrant. Celebrants will provide a service appropriate for you and your needs and cultural beliefs and this may be secular but can incorporate religious aspects.

  • Sudden Death Open or Close

    If a doctor is unable to determine the cause of death and issue the required documentation, the death will need to be referred to the Coroner. In New Zealand a death is reported to the Coroner by ringing the Police who act as the Coroner's agent.


  • When does the Coroner get involved ? Open or Close

    If the doctor cannot establish the cause of death or is unavailable.
    When the deceased has had no recent consultation with a doctor.
    When a death is sudden and unexpected.
    When death is other than natural causes.
    And in the case of accidental death.
    When sudden death occurs police are informed and they will come to the scene, and arrange for transfer of the deceased to the mortuary by the contracted funeral director. You choose your own funeral director to conduct the funeral.

  • Post Mortem Open or Close
    A post-mortem is performed to reveal information about the cause of death. When completed the funeral director of your choice will arrange the release of the deceased from the Coroner. The Coroner can hold an inquest into any death. This is a formal hearing in a Court of Law with the aim of establishing the cause of death.
  • The Grieving Process for Adults Open or Close

    There are many ways to grieve. There are many aspects of grief including shock, numbness, and relief (especially after a long illness), depression, loneliness or guilt. You may also feel exhausted, cold, tense and/or have trouble sleeping. These are normal responses. If these continue seek help from your doctor.

  • The Grieving Process for Children Open or Close

    The most important thing a parent can do is to talk to their children about grief and give honest answers to their questions. Be factual let them be a part of the funeral arrangements, put their mementoes in the casket such as a letter or a toy. Children need to be able to let go just like adults.

    If you don't know the answers tell them you'll find out and let them know. Don't let children suppress their feelings.

  • Financial Matters Open or Close

    The cost of a funeral depends on what you require and the choices you have made. It is important to obtain a written quote to ensure exactly what you are paying for and to ensure that GST is included.
    Funerals can be paid by the estate of the deceased, the person organising the funeral, W.I.N.Z (through a means-tested limited grant) or ACC may contribute for accidental deaths.

A planned funeral, is a stress free funeral.

Plan for peace of mind.