A Gathering option gives you the opportunity to get together with family and friends for a simple, dignified funeral service followed by a cremation. You may also spend some time with your loved one prior to the funeral service.
Funeral services are held Monday to Friday at 10.00am and 2.00pm.
This service includes 24-hour advice and support
With dignity, we will transfer your loved one into our care and provide fundamental hygienic services including partial embalming.
One of our funeral directors will visit you at your home or you are welcome to visit us at our Chapel to finalise arrangements which will include preparation and lodgement of all necessary documentation including the Death Certificate.
A Hickory style casket with upholstered lining, handles, nameplate and if you require religious memorabilia.
We will compile and place a funeral or death notice in the newspaper.
There is an opportunity to spend some time with your loved one.
The funeral service may be held at our Chapel, located in Wigram or an alternative venue which could be a church or residence.
We will arrange a celebrant or clergy to officiate the ceremony and arrange and print 50 service sheets.
A silk flower arrangement will be placed on the casket.
We will take care of the cremation and all required fees. The ashes will be available to you within three working days following the cremation.
Due to the unique options and pricing, full payment is required before the funeral service or the day of cremation.
You may want to include catering and this is available at our Chapel.
Photo Presentations can be created and shown during the service.
A memorial signature book.
Live Streaming enables people to view a funeral service using the internet, either live or later.
Additional casket options are available – click on the Casket Brochure below.
If you would like to spend additional time with your loved one prior to the service, this can be arranged and an extra fee would apply.
Additional fees may apply if travel is outside our 50km radius.
Weekend services include an additional fee of $300.
The Funeral Service
Christchurch Crematorium Chapel, Wigram (included in this option)
The Christchurch Crematorium Chapel is ideal for most gatherings. This facility has indoor seating for up to 100 guests and full multimedia system, including widescreen LCD, microphone system and CD/DVD player. The Chapel also has onsite parking and catering facilities.
Other Venue (Details and additional costings to be discussed with your funeral director)
Graveside Service (Details and additional costing including burial fees to be discussed with your funeral director).
If you would like to upgrade from the Hickory casket included in this option, please click on the link below to view our full casket options and prices.
Urns and Keepsakes
We are able to source an extensive range of memorial jewellery and other urn types. To view our catalogue, click on the link below for options and prices. Please note there will be a delay as these will need to be ordered in.
Civil celebrant (included in option price). A civil celebrant is a person who is trained to conduct funeral ceremonies. The celebrant can conduct either a religious or non-religious service, depending on family preferences.
Clergy member (included in option price). If a member of clergy is required, this will be discussed with your funeral director.
Your funeral celebrant will ask you what songs you would like played and when during the service. We will source the music and make sure it is played at the appropriate time.
Organist required = From + $150
Bag piper required = From + $150
An organist can be engaged if hymns are to be sung.
We will design and print 50 service sheets or bookmarks for your service.
Upgrade premium option = + $145
Additional service sheets + $2.50 each
Additional Bookmarks = + $1.50 each
These service tributes are an additional cost.
Memorial signature book = + $59
Family provided Photo Presentation on CD, DVD or USB. Testing and AV equipment hire fee = + $75
Professionally designed DVD Photo Presentation
– Up to 70 photos = + $260
– Over 70 photos = + $360
A memorial signature book is a personalised booklet with signature pages on the inside where your guests can enter their thoughts and attendance before and after the service.
Photo Presentations can be created and shown during the service, usually 60-70 photos are included accompanied by music.
Catering is an additional cost.
Catering is available at our Chapel. The minimum number for catering is 20.
(A lounge clean up fee of $105 applies to catering at our venues)
Hot savouries, club sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee = $10.00 per head
(Three items per person)
Live Streaming is an additional cost.
The funeral service is Live Streamed (broadcast) via the internet.
Only people invited by the family can log into the broadcast.
The service can be viewed live, or after the event.
The service will be available online for up to 90 days after the event.
Families can pay to make the service available longer if required.
It is possible to download a copy of the service for an extra fee.
Your funeral director will arrange for the Live Streaming to be set up.
A single fee of $199 is charged, regardless of how many people are invited to view the service.
Frequently Asked Questions
We will arrange the opportunity for you to spend some time with your loved one either at our Chapel or you may wish to have your loved one at home.
The death certificate is registered online on the day following the cremation and lodged with Births, Deaths and Marriages. It then takes 5-10 working days to be prepared and is posted direct to the Next of Kin as stated on the arrangement form.
One of our funeral directors will contact you once the ashes are ready to be collected. The ashes may be available two days following the cremation.
All artificial joints are recycled and the proceeds are donated to The Canterbury Charitable Hospital, Burnside.
As glass is unable to be cremated, all glasses are donated to the Fred Hollows Foundation.
The flowers get cremated along with the casket, however if you wish to keep the flowers, your funeral director will make sure these are given to you prior.
A death notice is a short message printed in the Christchurch Press on the funeral page.
Typically, a death notice states the full name, date of death, family details, and general service details of the deceased. Your funeral director will assist you to write the death notice.
Due to the unique options and pricing, we do not run credit accounts. Full payment is to be made on or before the funeral service or the day of cremation.
If I was wanting this to be any easier I don't know how I could make any suggestions. The staff I dealt with were so friendly, understanding, genuinely empathetic and very professional. I felt like I had nothing to worry about, the choices were well explained. Nina made the whole process bearable.
My father found this place on the internet before his death, and liked the look of it because of the low price. So in line with this we engaged Christchurch Crematorium Funerals to arrange his funeral for us. And not only did they have the low price, they had excellent service as well, a nice chapel and a great spread for the afternoon tea. Every aspect of dealing with them was very professional from start to end when compared to the next one we had to organise (in a different city).
Wouldn't hesitate to contact them for any funeral in the Christchurch area. They just made a hard time so easy
I was far away from home and Ryan from Christchurch Crematorium, met with me and took care of all the details with such kindness and grace, while gently guiding me through the decision making process. It was such a relief that there is a company that understands how much a sudden tradedy with no family support can make arrangements even more difficult. This is where this company shines, compassionately fufilling everything that they promise.
Stunning! The staff are so caring and kind. I am so grateful that the whole process couldnt have been made smoother. So wonderful to deal with. Without a doubt this should be your first call. Thank you so much to the whole team, especially Sharyn
When my darling mother passed away recently I did not hesitate to engage Christchurch Cremations as had been her wish. The service provided was flawless, as I had expected it would be. This funeral home can be approached with every confidence that its staff are well trained, professional, and very caring.