Loved ones’ ashes still unclaimed
The death of a friend is always tough to deal with.
So much so that people sometimes forget to collect the ashes of their loved ones.
It is a common occurrence, Davis Funerals managing director Craig Little says.
His funeral home has 427 unclaimed boxes of ashes sitting on shelves at its sites in Henderson, Mt Eden and Pakuranga. Mr Little says it is like ‘‘forgotten population’’
a and he is urging family members to claim the ashes.
‘‘Sometimes I think people have an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ approach,’’ he says.
A letter was sent to all families of the deceased last October and recipients have until March 31 to claim the ashes or let the funeral home know what they would like to happen.
Mr Little says ashes can be unclaimed for a number of reasons.
‘‘Part of it is the number of options available now and the expense of it,’’ Mr Little says.
A single burial plot costs almost $700 and $13,800 will buy an area that fits six ashes boxes – suitable for a family plot.
To buy a private tree is almost $2000, and a memorial seat costs about $2300.
Scattering is the cheapest and most common option, Mr Little says.
‘‘You can go to the bach or take them out on a surfboard.
‘‘It’s a really nice and flexible way but it doesn’t give you a tangible place to visit and for some that’s really important.’’
Family misunderstandings, sibling disagreements or second-marriage situations are also common reasons why ashes lie unclaimed.
it’s just busy lives and people get forgotten,’’ Mr Little says.
Other times ‘‘too hard’’.
Davis funeral director
it is just Jason Taane says: ‘‘ We ask what they would like to do with the ashes and allude to what we can do and help them from there.’’
Forgotten population: Davis Funerals managing director Craig Little holds a box of ashes in front of the memorial grove area at the Davis Funerals Henderson site where the remaining unclaimed ashes will be buried in April.