Some funeral costs are fixed and quantifiable in advance. Others depend on circumstances such as location, and factors of personal choice, so this is just a guide.
Living Legacies consultation fee is $100 per hour, plus mileage at IRD rates and any other expenses. For some families one hour may be enough and they can go ahead and arrange a funeral themselves. Others may prefer more ongoing support over days or weeks.
A Living Legacies pine coffin (untreated, unlined, undecorated) is currently $950. Please see the Coffins page for details.
The cost of natural burials varies from council to council and is generally around the $1500 – $3000 mark. Contact your local provider for details in advance.
The cost of cremations also varies between providers and is generally around the $500 – $1000 mark. Contact your local cremation provider for details in advance.
Other fixed costs may include: a Doctor’s Certificate of Causes of Death, a Death Certificate from Births, Deaths and Marriages, and legal fees for administration of the deceased’s estate.
Optional costs can include:
- Funeral venue hire
- Funeral celebrant
- Funeral director
- Funeral catering
- Death Notices in newspapers
- Live streaming of the funeral
- Online obituaries