If you can’t attend the funeral of someone special to you, send a tribute to share in the celebration of their life. Just complete the tribute form online and we will pass your tribute on to the immediate family.
Our fleet includes two purpose-built, stretched Ford hearses. These vehicles are silver in colour, with large windows. They have a formal ceremonial design. A standard Holden hearse is also available on request.
Repatriation means transporting your loved one to the country or place of their birth. That can mean either bringing them home to New Zealand, or taking them to their final resting place in the country where they were born. Sowman's can help with both.
Air New Zealand offers compassionate airfares to immediate family members needing to travel to attend a funeral or tangi. Compassionate airfares offer a reduction on full or higher priced fares.
If you are worried about funeral costs, please let us know. We’ll put you in touch with organisations that may be able to help such as an ACC Funeral Grant covers New Zealanders and overseas visitors to New Zealand or a (WINZ) Funeral Grant.
Remember your loved one and keep them close to your heart with beautiful jewellery & keepsakes that last a lifetime. Each piece can be filled with a small amount of ashes, a lock of hair or other small keepsake, making it personal to you and to uniquely celebrate that special person’s memory.
Choosing a casket or urn for your loved one is a highly personal process. The factors to consider are: cost, what style you like, and what you feel fits best with the character of the deceased person.
Supporting you through bereavement. There’s a lot to do and think about when you’re arranging a funeral or tangi. It’s easy to push away feelings of sadness when you’re so busy. But after the funeral, when everything has quietened down, the reality of living with loss can be overwhelming.