SERVICES

Compassionate and respectful funeral services in Feilding

Our Services

Arranging a Funeral

At the time of bereavement in your family it is important to contact the Funeral Director of your choice as soon as you feel ready to do so. If the death has occurred at home you may contact the Doctor first, if in a Hospital or Rest home contact your Funeral Director and they will liaise with the necessary people and arrange to transfer your loved one into their care.
We would normally meet with the family in their home or at William Cotton & Sons Funeral Home to arrange the funeral.

Funerals are arranged and directed anywhere a family wish, whether it is in their local Church (of any denomination), clubrooms, home, garden, town or country, or from our Chapel at the 29 Beattie Street, Feilding.
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Arranging Venue and a Person to officiate:

We will discuss with the family their requirements and will make the necessary arrangements with regard to the service venue, wherever it may be and will arrange the clergy of your choice or suitable person to take the service.

After Funeral Catering:

William Cotton & Sons Reception Lounge is available for after funeral catering or we can arrange a venue and catering requirements to meet individual family wishes wherever i.e. Church Hall, local Club or local conference facility etc.

Cemetery or Crematorium requirements:

We will take care of all cemetery or crematorium arrangements after offering families the various options available to them.  In the case of Burial, families may need to consider; which cemetery, plot requirements and whether they wish for provision to be made for further burial(s).

Casket Flowers:

Casket flowers can be arranged on your behalf, from a florist of your choice.

Photo Tributes:

We are able to prepare a photo tribute for playing at a reflection time in the service.
William Cotton & Sons Chapel has the facilities to present a photo tribute, however some other venues do not and in this case we are able to hire the equipment required.   These tributes take time to prepare and it is important that you discuss with your funeral director early on in the arrangements if you require this.

Service Sheets:

We can provide service sheets to record the hymns and order of service when required. Coloured photos for the front are now a popular choice.

Video recording the Service:

If requested we can arrange for a video recording of the service to be made for you.
It is important that the request for a video recording is made in plenty of time so this can be arranged.

Tribute Book:

If requested, we supply a Tribute Book for those attending the service to sign. This will give the family a record of those who attended the service.

Burials:

For Burials we can arrange for an existing family plot to be prepared or can arrange for a new plot to be purchased to meet the requirements of the family in a cemetery of their choice.

Cremation:

William Cotton & Sons Ltd uses the crematorium facilities operated by the Palmerston North City Council located at the Kelvin Grove Cemetery. 

Certified Death Certificate:

We will take care of all the legal requirements and obtain a certified copy of the Death certificate from the registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages for the family or solicitor handling the estate. This is usually available within 7 days of the funeral.

Cremated Remains:

There are many options available to families when deciding on the placement of a loved one’s cremated remains.  Our staff will discuss the options available with families and assist them with their choice. Family attendance at the placement of the ashes is also an option, and is often encouraged nowadays.

A variety of urns to place a loved one’s cremated remains in are available on request.

Cremations or Burials Arranged:

We can arrange for a Burial or Cremation anywhere in New Zealand.

Transportation and shipment:

We are able to arrange for the repatriation of persons to other centres in New Zealand and overseas.

Newspaper Notices:

Our Staff will assist with compiling an appropriate notice for the paper and will place the notice in any local, national or international newspaper you choose.

Suggestions of how a newspaper notice could be set out:

Below are some ideas on what could be put into a death notice. We will assist you at the time so the following is for those who wish to have the notice prepared in advance.

CITIZEN -  William (Bill), on.............(peacefully/suddenly) at ...... aged ........ Dearly loved husband and best friend of ............. . .......Loved father & father in law of ............. . Loved & cherished grandfather of................................................................... 

Other people you may wish to consider – son & son in law of, brother & brother in law of, uncle of,...............................

Friends are invited to attend a funeral service for Bill at ............ Followed by private cremation/ followed by burial at the............... Cemetery. 

Other considerations:............................................................. 

In lieu of flowers donations to ..................... 

Messages to............................

We recommend that families use a PO Box number if they have access to one or have messages sent c/o our address, as your address could be a target for unwanted attention. 

William Cotton & Sons Ltd. FDANZ Feilding Ph. (06) 323 7062

(Having our name at the bottom of the notice allows friends, florists etc. to seek clarification of any queries they have without disturbing the family)
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