Thinking ahead

A little advance thinking allows you to make important decisions in your own time, free from the stress and anxiety that surrounds bereavement.

A pre-arranged funeral guarantees that your preferences and choices are clear to those organizing the service. A pre financed funeral can reduce the financial pressure on your family if you elect to choose this option.

Whether you choose to arrange or finance your future funeral, or even do both, Hardings are happy to discuss your ideas; we will listen to what you want, and how you would like for it to happen.

Please download our "Thinking Ahead" brochure. It's a helpful resource to guide you through the pre-arrangement process. We hope to encourage people to reframe aging and redesign the conversations surrounding end-of -life planning.  If you wish for Hardings to provide services for your funeral, we do have a book that has many different features.

For example, you can begin to plan for a good death when you are fit and healthy.  From making a will to planning your funeral this involves your legacy and how you would like to be remembered. There is a reluctance to talk about dying and yet a death often touches many lives.

Fill out the ‘Thinking Ahead’ form and make an appointment to discuss your choices with us.



Setting money aside for you or your loved one

A Funeral Trust plan allows you to set money aside, in trust, for your final farewell or for that of a loved one.

It means your whānau can gather to remember and celebrate without stressing over money or tough decisions. The Funeral Trust is a handy way to place money aside for these costs, so your loved ones don't have to worry about it later. It's all about making things easier for everyone during a tough time.

Prepaying towards a funeral means when the time comes loved ones can gather together, support one another, and remember and celebrate a life, without the responsibility of making difficult choices in very emotional circumstances.

If you're keen on putting money aside for a prepaid funeral, make sure you've got the correct documentation to meet the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) rules. Once you've got that sorted, give us a call, and we'll start the process with you.

Any questions or need a hand with the paperwork? We're here to help every step of the way.


From a funeral home perspective, providing accurate and transparent funeral estimates is the foundation of our commitment to serving families with dignity and respect.

We understand the importance of clarity when it comes to financial matters during such a sensitive time. This includes transparent pricing for professional services, facility usage, merchandise, services, and any additional fees that may apply. By offering transparent estimates, we strive to build trust with the families we serve, ensuring they have a clear understanding of the financial implications of their choices.

Our aim is to offer families a comprehensive breakdown of all anticipated costs associated with the funeral services they require. We are committed to open communication and are always available to address any questions or concerns to ensure families feel confident and supported throughout the funeral planning process.

Casket Showbook

Take a look into our casket show book for a straightforward look at our selection. It's a simple, yet comprehensive guide to the variety of caskets we offer. From classic to contemporary styles, you'll find options to suit different tastes and budgets. Each casket is presented with clear descriptions and photos, making it easy to choose one that honors your loved one's memory with dignity and respect.

Price List

A funeral invoice typically consists of three main sections: the cost of the casket, our professional service fee, and other charges encompassing various items and services such as flowers, catering, cemetery or cremation fees, charges for celebrants or ministers, service sheets, audiovisual requirements like slideshows, newspaper notices, and fees for medical practitioners.

At Hardings, we understand the importance of recognizing that our invoice is not solely the cost of our services, as we often make payments on behalf of families to multiple third parties involved in the funeral process. By consolidating these expenses into one invoice, we aim to provide convenience to families during a challenging time, eliminating the need to manage multiple accounts.

Our professional service fee is a fixed charge that reflects the overall amenities, guidance, and expertise we provide. This fee covers access to all our resources, professional guidance, and our time and availability whenever needed. We are committed to working with each family to create a memorable funeral that aligns with their individual needs and budget requirements. Therefore, the total cost of a funeral may vary from family to family based on their preferences and circumstances.

For a transparent and accurate breakdown of costs, feel free to download our brochure. It provides detailed information about our pricing and services, helping you make informed decisions during this important time. We believe in transparency and clarity, ensuring you understand exactly what to expect when planning a funeral with us.