Funeral Costs

Naturally, many people are curious to know how much a funeral will cost. The cost of a funeral varies considerably, dependent up on the style of service.

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Payment Options

Increasingly people are recognising the benefits of pre-paying a funeral – making some payment towards the cost of a funeral some time before the event.

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Information Pack

You may Request an Information Pack by completing the form below for a free no obligation quotation. So that we may tailor a costing specific to you.

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Pre-Arrangements

Record your wishes and personal details, this information is for guidance at such time of your death.

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One Room

Our online
streaming service.

The One Room system combines high quality hardware and cutting edge software to enable us to webcast live events around the world. Events can be streamed out to friends and family who have been issued secure login details via automated email invitations.

The event recording is also stored for 90 days, and can be viewed at any time from any country.

Download and archive extension options are available to ensure that an event can be protected and shared for years to come.

There are many reasons why Bell, Lamb & Trotter choose One Room for webcasting, but they include some of these benefits:

  • It allows others to be able to see what your chapel or crematorium looks likes, and to feel a part of the service; seeing the flowers, hearing the music, listening to the eulogy. It gives people who cannot attend, the chance to celebrate the life of a friend or relative along with the other mourners, giving comfort and closure.
  • It is a dignified and unobtrusive form of video recording, so those at the service will be unaffected by the filming.

One Room is an automated webcasting solution that allows a venue to stream live events to viewers all over the world.

Bell, Lamb & Trotter is fitted with fixed cameras and specialist hardware. They use tested secure software to book in a service.

Email invitations are sent out with unique login details, allowing absent loved ones to watch the service.
At the time of the funeral, the cameras will stream high quality footage of the arrangement over the internet. This footage is then stored online, allowing it to be accessed and watched for the next 90 days. (Further download options are available.)

You can watch a One Room webcast on any internet equipped computer, laptop, tablet or phone.

If you are using an iPad or iPhone, you can download our specifically designed free app. There will soon be a designated app for Android operating system smart phones too.

For confidentiality reasons we do not issue codes for funerals. In order to obtain these codes please contact the funeral home (or other venue) or family members directly.

An archived service is available for 90 days from the date of streaming. There are further extension and download options available, and a reminder email is sent out towards the end of the 90 days to inform that the archive period is finishing.

Almost as soon as a service is finished it can be extended or downloaded. (It usually takes less than half an hour for the files to be transcoded and available for extension or download after a service has finished.)

Please note: Only family and friends who have their email addresses added to our official list are eligible to extend or download. One Room is unable to add people to this list. You must contact the Funeral Home directly to be added.

You can access the extension and download options by visiting www.oneroomfunerals.com and entering in your email address in the login section, and the original six character password you were issued for the funeral.

The files are roughly sized at 0.5gb per hour of footage.

The files are MP4 format, and can be saved onto a DVD. Some older players may not recognise MP4 format, and you will need to download a converter.

Funeral Costs

We cater our services to the needs of each individual and their families. As such there is quite a range in the services provided and their costs. However, the below provides a general indication of costing for the services we provide.

Feel free to talk to us at any time – we’d be happy to provide an estimate based on your exact requirements. We’re also happy to at least match the price of any funeral home in Christchurch that is a member of the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand.

Our most simple of cremation options. For when no service is required.
  • Professional services fee
  • Transfer into our care at any time
  • Simple hygienic care
  • A basic cremation casket
  • The ability to view and spend time with the loved one at our premises, where possible.
  • Transportation to the crematorium
  • Cremation fees and associated costs
  • Certified death certificate 
  • Optional follow up and ongoing support by our bereavement support person
A memorial service takes place after a cremation. This is a common choice where there is a delay between someone’s passing and the service taking place.
  • Professional services fee
  • Transfer from place of death
  • Simple hygienic care
  • A basic cremation casket
  • Transportation to the crematorium
  • Cremation fees and associated costs
  • Press newspaper notice
  • A5 service sheets (60)
  • Celebrant’s fee
  • Use of our Chapel Facilities
  • Certified death certificate
  • Follow up and ongoing support by our bereavement support person
A small farewell at the cemetery.
  • Professional services fee
  • Transfer from place of death at any time
  • Temporary hygienic preservation and viewings, when desired
  • Walnut Foil Casket
  • Casket flowers (bunch)
  • Celebrant’s fee
  • Newspaper notice
  • Hearse hire for the day of the funeral
  • Certified death certificate
  • Follow up and ongoing support by our bereavement support person

*Burial fees additional (dependant on cemetery selection). As an indication, a purchase of a grave in a Christchurch City Council Cemetery is $1715, and interment fees are $1150.

A small, straightforward farewell at our premises or another location, for when they ‘didn’t want a fuss’ but friends and family want to say their goodbyes.

  • Our professional services
  • Transfer into our care at any time
  • Temporary hygienic preservation
  • Viewings, when desired
  • Customwood casket
  • Casket flowers (bunch)
  • Celebrant’s fee
  • Follow up and ongoing support by our bereavement support person
  • Newspaper notice
  • A service in the Ferry Park Chapel or other venue (cost may vary depending on venue)
  • Livestreaming of service at our premises
  • Hearse hire
  • Cremation fees
  • Certified death certificate

A traditional or contemporary funeral with 100 people in attendance, followed by a burial.

  • Professional services fee
  • Transfer from place of death
  • Full hygienic preservation
  • Walnut Foil Casket
  • Large floral casket spray
  • Newspaper notice
  • Hearse hire for the day of the funeral
  • Service Sheets (120)
  • Audiovisual presentation produced by Bell, Lamb & Trotter
  • Celebrant’s fee
  • A service in the Ferry Park Chapel or other venue (cost may vary depending on venue)
  • Livestreaming of service at our premises.
  • Catering for 100 people (catering, wait staff and use of catering lounge)
  • Certified death certificate
  • Follow up and ongoing support by our bereavement support person

*Burial fees additional (dependant on cemetery selection). As an indication, a purchase of a grave in a Christchurch City Council Cemetery is $1715, and interment fees are $1150.

A traditional or contemporary funeral with 100 people in attendance, followed by a cremation.
  • Professional services fee
  • Transfer from place of death
  • Full hygienic preservation
  • Walnut Foil Casket
  • Large casket spray
  • Newspaper notice
  • Hearse hire for the day of the funeral
  • Service Sheets (120)
  • Audiovisual presentation
  • Celebrant’s fee
  • Use of our Chapel Facilities (includes live-streaming)
  • Catering for 100 people (catering, wait staff and use of catering lounge)
  • Cremation fees and associated costs
  • Certified death certificate
  • Follow up and ongoing support by our bereavement support person

Funeral Pre-Arrangement

Pre-arranged and prepaid funerals can easily be organised and people view this as an investment in the future to hedge against inflation and achieve maximum tax advantages. If the pre-arrangement is for yourself, it is simply the process of considering what funeral arrangements you would like to take place at the time of your death.

The advantages can be summarised with the phrase “peace of mind”. It gives you and your family members the peace of mind that…

  • your personal wishes are carefully recorded
  • your family are relieved of some of the emotional burden
  • you may amend your personal instructions at any time
  • if you choose to prepay, your money is secure
  • the funeral director of your choice has been nominated

You may record as much or as little detail as you wish. Your pre-arrangement may be partial or full:

Partial pre-arrangement: you may choose to record just a few important details – for example whether you want to be cremated or buried, and where you want the service to be held.

Full pre-arrangement: you may choose to record full and complete details, including choice of casket, flowers, music, content of newspaper notices, etc.

If you would like to pre-arrange a funeral, we suggest that you begin by considering some of the issues raised above.

We will gladly advise you in whatever way you require. When you feel ready, make an appointment with one of our Funeral Directors to assist you or complete our online Confidential Funeral Arrangements Form. Once we have a record of your pre-arrangement, it is a good idea to inform your family members, doctor and solicitor that Bell, Lamb & Trotter holds a record of your wishes.

What should I do now?

If you would like to pre-arrange a funeral, we suggest that you begin by considering some of the issues raised above.

We will gladly advise you in whatever way you require. When you feel ready, make an appointment with one of our Funeral Directors to assist you or complete our online Confidential Information Form. Once we have a record of your pre-arrangement, it is a good idea to inform your family members, doctor and solicitor that Bell, Lamb & Trotter holds a record of your wishes.

Prepay and Payments

Increasingly people are recognising the benefits of pre-paying a funeral – that is, making some payment towards the cost of a funeral some time before the event.

What pre-payment options exist?…

There are three different options that you may consider:

1. No pre-payment

You are able to pre-arrange your funeral details and leave all payments until a later date.

2. Full pre-payment

Your individual funeral pre-arrangement is itemised and priced according to today’s cost. Full payment of the quoted funeral will cover our itemised services at any time in the future, and is your protection against inflation. If there are any changes to the pre-arranged details, extra payment may be required as the cost of the total service will be re-priced at current costs.

3. Funeral investment

You may invest any amount you choose above $500 in our own Funeral Trust Fund. At the time of death the investment is closed, and interest is credited to the total. Following the deduction of funeral expenses, residual monies are returned to the estate. If there is a shortfall in the invested amount the estate is billed for the balance.

Our declaration of trust

Our declaration of trust is available here and a copy of our trust deed that we have each participant complete is available here.

Payment Methods

Payment can be made via:

  • Cash, cheque or credit card at our premises. Credit card payment can also be made over the phone.
  • Direct Debit into our payments account (12-3191-0025297-00) quoting your invoice number.