First Steps & Check List

Taking the first steps in arranging a funeral

When a death occurs and a doctor contacted, the next step to take is to call your chosen funeral director bearing in mind that the choice is yours. The sooner they are called the better.  They begin to take care of the multitude of details that are involved and you will find it comforting to know that their services have begun. It is important to remember that funeral directors are "on-call" 24 hours a day and we will respond promptly to your call, ready to assist you.
The Funeral Director will need to obtain the information necessary for the Death Certificate.

They will make the arrangements for the burial permit, or cremation and attend to other necessary details, including notification of the newspapers.

The funeral arrangements can be either made at the family residence or at the funeral home.

Among the decisions you must make are the time and place of the funeral and the place of the interment. It is better if these matters of cremation or burial and type of service can be decided upon in advance. This way the wishes of the deceased or the deceased's family can be carried out, without causing additional stress to those who are left to deal with these matters.
The question of whether the funeral should be held in a church or in the funeral home's chapel, or at either the cemetery or any one of the many alternative community venues around Marlborough has to be decided early on so that the bookings can be made to suit family members. Cloudy Bay Funeral Services provides modern chapel facilities in our own Riverside Chapel.

Rest assured that we will make every effort to accommodate the rites and customs of all denominations and religions.
After ascertaining the family's wishes with regard to the funeral service, we shall make all the necessary arrangements and take care of all the details. We shall confirm the service arrangements with the clergy or the celebrant and will arrange for the musical selection, video or the multi-media presentation and interment or cremation if required.

If a cemetery plot is not already owned by the family, we can assist you in purchasing a plot, or place for the interment of the  deceased's ashes.

Funeral checklist

  • Choose a Funeral Director
  • Confirm service
  • Contact clergy / celebrant
  • Details for newspaper notice
  • Provide registration details
  • Provide clothing / jewellery
  • Make viewing appointments
  • Provide details for service sheet
  • Contact organist / piper / bugler / soloist
  • Provide photographs / music / DVD
  • Arrange flowers
  • Arrange pall bearers
  • Contact estate lawyer
  • Arrange after-funeral catering / venue
  • Contact R.S.A / clubs / family & friends
  • Discuss plaque / headstone requirements