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Share your stories so we can create the perfect goodbye

When we meet, we’ll talk about all aspects of the funeral process. But it won’t just be about logistics. By sharing stories about your loved one, we can help you create a personalised goodbye.

Planning your loved one’s funeral

Your funeral director will arrange everything for you to ensure your loved one’s funeral runs smoothly. This means you have time to focus on more important things, like spending time with family and friends and looking after yourself. We can also arrange for you to meet with clergy or the celebrant, so you can share stories and help them create a highly personalised funeral service.

By having a look at our planning guide, you’ll be able to think about some options and provide a few details before we meet.

We also offer a free guide to planning and selecting music, poetry and readings, which includes ideas for a beautiful and meaningful funeral. Ask your funeral director for a copy.

Why choose embalming?

  • If there’s a long period of time between your loved one passing and their funeral.
  • To allow family and friends who are travelling from far away to say goodbye.
  • To allow for a more informal goodbye with family and friends over time.
  • If you’re having an open casket funeral.

We handle the whole process with utmost respect

Traditionally, New Zealanders choose to embalm their loved one because it allows them and their family and friends to have a good experience when spending time with their loved one. We can even show you how to care for your loved one yourself at home. For more information about the embalming process, visit the

New Zealand Embalmers Association website

Helping navigate
tough moments


“Irene, words are not enough to express our heartfelt gratitude. I don’t know how I could have got through this without Davis’ love, care and expertise. The day was perfect.”

Alison Morgan

West Auckland

“I just wanted to say again how much I appreciated your care of Bob and the family at the funeral on Friday. Martin, your care and the way you dealt with us was appreciated.”

Paul Holmes

Mt Eden

“At times of grief it’s reassuring to have a great company looking after you, and we really appreciate Davis and in particular your invaluable help Shane – thanks!”

Ange Foote

“Thanks again Dani for your wonderful support, understanding and efficiency in making it a special send off for dad.”

Lynne Robertson

“Thank you to everyone at Davis Funerals. Wayne’s service was amazing, we had 300 people in the Panmure Yacht Club. So many people commented on the ashes in the scatter tubes and the service sheets.”

Liz Fong

“Thank you for the amazing people you have working at Davis Funeral parlour. I’m so grateful for everything that was done for Keith. I would recommend Davis Funeral parlour to all my Whanau and friends.”

Melanie Harvey

“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you again for making Betty’s funeral so kind, warm and special. You made what is a sad occasion better in every possible way. I cannot thank you enough.”

Christine Hazleman

“As family of the deceased we only get one chance to do things right and the importance of trust in the funeral director to guide us in the right direction is paramount. Our grateful thanks to Shane.”