The following websites are an invaluable information resource, which can be used to assist you with planning.
Unique caskets, locally made and a New Zealand-owned company!

New Zealand-made casts and urns with an excellent virtual showroom to enable you to have a good look at the options available. Order through your funeral director.

Southland Disability Enterprises weave our beautiful willow coffins. Photos on our website.

Supply Bios Urns, which transform your loved one’s ashes into a tree.

Handpainting on caskets – she does a beautiful job

New Zealand-made flax baskets for burying of ashes, placentas, or even pets. Affordable and rather beautiful.

They put ashes into glass paperweights – lots of families who have loved them

makes painted portraits from photos

Sue Monk who will record people’s stories before they die

An excellent website with up to date information on the establishment of natural burial grounds around New Zealand.

A wonderful charity dedicated to supporting people who have incurable breast cancer and their families.

What can we say about Hospice – running largely on donations they offer wrap around care for the dying and their families and are incredible.

Supporting Grief Centre andalso Supporting Families with Mental Illness organisation. Sell preloved goods online.

Offer support , counselling, and groups around Auckland.

Long established in New Zealand Lifeline offers free 24 hour phone counselling and specialist counsellors available.

Great information for anyone suffering from cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross foundation has a huge range of information and resources on death and dying.

An American site but without geographical borders, so perfect for online use. Plenty of excellent advice, forums and resources.

Hours of informative and helpful reading on this website.

Excellent training provider for Celebrants here in NZ.

Our favourite and local florist – Lynda is passionate about helping families to create flowers for the casket. Using mostly local flowers and affordable, friendly service

Felicity is a sustainable florist, preferring local flowers and using no floral foam blocks.

Another lovely florist, based in Grey Lynn but delivery all over Auckland

Glenys Milicich-Wilson who is our amazing florist, only on Facebook: or email

Timmy Smith is a truly lovely woman and creates beautiful memorial jewellery (amongst other things) from her studio on Waiheke. Highly recommended.

Yes, you can have a small portion of ashes made into a precious stone. We have seen the sonnets and they are really lovely.

Really lovely fingerprint jewellery made here in New Zealand

Provides wonderful resources for bereaved children aged 5-12 and information for parents.  Will also provide free counselling with a child psychotherapist for bereaved children
A safe place for children and teens to phone to speak about any issues.
A place to help young people negotiate tough times
An organisation to support children, young people and their families particularly in times of grief.
A great source for information for kids and families

Free art workshops for children who have experienced bereavement or who have a member of their family with life threatening illness.Groups for younger kids and a separate group for kids aged 13 and over. Held every six weeks in it’sown dedicated studio, the workshops are described as busy and joyful and kids can attend as many as they wish.

This organisation is for children who lose family members in road accidents

Support and helpline for young people

Supporting parents and whanau who experience the death of a baby. Excellent organisation.

Specifically for parents who lose a twin baby

An incredible organisation here in New Zealand, run by volunteers who have experienced the death of a baby.They offer memory making (casts and prints) and offer practical and loving help and assistance.

This generous NZ company offer a free plaque to honour and memorialise your baby’s life.

Create lovely memorial jewellery

helpful resources on this sitededicated to stillbirth, miscarriage or SIDS

Specific information and support for SIDS, safe sleeping, bereavement support