Thoughts on choos­ing a funeral di­rec­tor

Central Leader - - LIFESTYLE & LEISURE -

Do you want to feel that you are the only fam­ily be­ing cared for by the funeral home you have cho­sen?

Do you ex­pect the see the same per­son from the time your fam­ily mem­ber is trans­ferred from where they die to the farewell and hon­our­ing of a life – the same per­son ar­rang­ing the funeral also there at any view­ings at the funeral home and on the day of the funeral ser­vice?

Do you want the funeral home you use to be New Zealand owned?

Man­ning Funeral Cottage in New­mar­ket can an­swer a re­sound­ing ‘‘yes’’ to the above three ques­tions, but un­for­tu­nately the same can­not be said for many funeral homes in Auck­land or New Zealand-wide nowa­days.

Martha-Louise As­mus of Man­ning Funeral Cottage points to the alarm­ing trend of over­seas buy- outs of funeral homes.

‘‘Whether it be a com­pany once known for their Catholic funerals or one that has been in Auck­land for many years, fam­i­lies are of­ten as­tounded to hear that their own­er­ship is now in Aus­tralian hands,’’ she says.

‘‘Fam­i­lies need to know these things as dy­nam­ics do change.’’

Com­pa­nies have be­come so big that the per­sonal touch has been lost as some funeral homes re­sem­ble cor­po­ra­tions, more con­cerned with num­bers than peo­ple.

Martha-Louise be­lieves it is vi­tal that fam­i­lies main­tain that con­ti­nu­ity with the funeral di­rec­tor, that they feel com­fort­able in the knowl­edge that the funeral di­rec­tor they see at the hos­pi­tal or rest home will be guid­ing them through their dif­fi­cult and of­ten heart­break­ing jour­ney.

‘‘I know from my own ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing for large cor­po­rate style funeral homes that be­ing re­quired to take over a funeral on the day for an­other funeral di­rec­tor is one of the hard­est things,’’ she says.

‘‘There is no rap­port or pre­vi­ous con­nec­tion, and that is why fam­i­lies need to feel safe in the hands of the same per­son.’’

‘‘How­ever, this will al­ways hap­pen at the Man­ning Funeral Cottage,’’ she prom­ises.

If you wish to chat to MarthaLouise, she may be con­tacted on 377 9790, by email­ing her on mla@man­ning­fu­ner­ or vis­it­ing­ning­fu­ner­

Martha-Louise and Stella in the Man­ning Funeral Cottage gar­den

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