Just Funer­als: an af­ford­able, per­sonal choice

Central Leader - - LIFESTYLE & LEISURE -

When we are faced with the death of a loved one, our think­ing pro­cesses are in tur­moil. Yet many de­ci­sions, par­tic­u­larly con­cern­ing fu­neral ar­range­ments have to be made quickly, and very of­ten the cost seems like a gi­ant ob­sta­cle.

If only some­one could lighten the load.

Vicky and Steven Davey es­tab­lished Just Funer­als three years ago partly be­cause their ca­reers had pro­gressed more and more into car­ing and com­pas­sion­ate roles; partly be­cause they felt they could of­fer more af­ford­able fu­neral op­tions for peo­ple strug­gling to cope with dif­fi­cult times.

They have for­mu­lated a pric­ing struc­ture de­signed to keep costs down with­out com­pro­mis­ing any of the ways you hon­our and re­mem­ber your loved ones. The costs struc­ture is to­tally trans­par­ent, and can of­ten halve the cost of fu­neral ex­penses – be it a sim­ple cre­ma­tion, pri­vate or chapel ser­vice.

‘‘We of­fer choices that suit your needs, with as much or as lit­tle as­sis­tance as you wish,’’ Steven says. ‘‘We also of­fer af­ford­able op­tions in the choice of cas­ket, which is a ma­jor com­po­nent cost of a fu­neral.’’

How can funer­als be more af­ford­able? Steven says they have been able to ra­tio­nalise each com­po­nent cost, for ex­am­ple, by not build­ing an ex­pen­sive fu­neral home and chapel; in­stead hold­ing fu­neral ser­vices in churches, chapels, on marae or in Coun­cil fa­cil­i­ties such as Manukau and Waikumete. With­out the ma­jor over­heads, Just Funer­als can keep costs to a min­i­mum.

Op­tions and costs are spelt out plainly in Just Fu­neral’s brochures and web­site. In­cluded in their op­tions is an MDF cas­ket which is both en­vi­ron­men­tally con­sid­er­ate and af­ford­able.

Just Funer­als is a gen­uine fam­ily owned and op­er­ated com­pany, with branches in Auck­land and Whangarei, and a re­cent ex­pan­sion into Christchurch.

Pre­vi­ously Vicky has worked as a care­giver and health as­sis­tant, with years of ex­pe­ri­ence in pal­lia­tive care. Steven has a se­condary and ter­tiary teach­ing back­ground, par­tic­u­larly in South Auck­land, in­ter­act­ing with many dif­fer­ent cul­tures.

Steven holds the Na­tional Diploma in Fu­neral Di­rect­ing, and their son Oliver is part of a car­ing fam­ily team. They are avail­able 24/7 – you will not be an­swered by a mes­sage ser­vice. For more in­for­ma­tion phone 0800 80 4663 or email info@just­fu­ner­als.co.nz

www.just­fu­ner­als.co.nz

Oliver and Steven Davey, two of the fam­ily team at Just Funer­als.

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