Thinking Ahead

Why Prearrange a funeral?
Today, more and more people are changing the way they think and now find it makes a lot of sense to prearrange their funeral or join a prepayment plan. Throughout our lives we plan for almost every financial eventuality we may face.  Prearranging and prepaying our funeral can relieve our families of emotional and financial worries at their most vulnerable time and allows them to gather together and support one another, remembering and celebrating the life of their loved one.  

Thinking about your own funeral plans may seem odd to some but it is on the increase as a practice. More and more people are realising just how helpful it will be for a grieving and stressed family to know the funeral wishes of their loved one. There is satisfaction in knowing your affairs are in order and your family will not experience extra distress at a difficult time.

You can have peace of mind your wishes are known and you have made arrangements for them to be carried out. As many funeral directors will tell you, it is not unusual for the grieving family to be unaware of the deceased's funeral wishes. Prearranging and prepaying your funeral means your wishes about how you'd like things to be at your funeral are known and are respected.

“We were able to sit together and discuss dad’s wishes with him. It’s good to have it planned and know a lot of the service will be how he wanted it”.

Why Prepay for a funeral?
The FDANZ Funeral Trust is a prearranged funeral plan available exclusively through members of the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand.

Prepaying all or part of your funeral service expenses helps to relieve your family of the financial burden. And prepaid funerals up to $10,000 are currently excluded from asset testing (under current government policy) when assessing eligibility for a subsidy for long-term residential care.

For more information, you can download a brochure or booklet here.  

About the Funeral Trust

The FDANZ Funeral Trust has been established by the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand. 

Thinking Ahead

Today, more and more people are changing the way they think and now find it makes a lot of sense to prearrange their funeral or join a prepayment plan.

Publications & Articles

Our booklet "My Life, My Funeral" explains some of the commonly asked questions about prearranging your funeral.  Download your copy and other relevant publications here.

Create a Plan Today!

When's the best time to plan your funeral? Now.  By completing the form and sending it off to a funeral director from our directory, you've started the process.  You'll be contacted within 24 hours and guided through the next steps.