Pre-plan your Funeral

Sowmans Female Preplanning

Pre-planning your funeral ensures your wishes will be carried out after your passing. It can also lessen any worries your family might have about the arrangements and costs.

Best of all, it gives you peace of mind knowing that your affairs are in order.

How pre-planning a funeral works


When you pre-plan your funeral with Sowman’s, you choose every aspect of the funeral service—the music, readings, venue, etc—and we record your choices. We will then send you a copy for your records.


You can still change the arrangements later on if you wish. If the funeral is to be held in another town, we can arrange for your instructions to be transferred.


If you want to get the planning process started quickly, either call us on 03 578 4719 or fill in our personalised planning form. When you've completed the form, contact us and we'll arrange a personal visit to discuss your requirements.

Pre-payment options

Paying for your funeral in advance can help spare your family worry about arrangements and costs. It also helps protect your pension. Prepaid funerals up to $10,000 are excluded from asset testing when assessing your eligibility for subsidies for residential care.

To make a prepayment, make an appointment with us to discuss your funeral. We’ll help you record your wishes, and estimate the cost of your funeral, so you can decide how much to pre-pay. Please note that funeral estimates are not fixed and are subject to inflation.

Your prepayment will be held safe for you in The Funeral Trust administered by The Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand. The Funeral Trust is not an insurance policy, so you won’t need to answer personal questions or take any health checks.

You can change your funeral arrangements with us at any time. And if you decide to be buried in another town, we’ll arrange for your instructions and pre-payment to be transferred. To find out more, please contact us.

Order a free funeral information pack

Whether you’re planning a funeral now or wanting to pre-plan for the future, phone 03 578 4719 or fill out our online form to receive a free funeral info pack.

Don't carry it all yourself

Let us help. Phone Sowman’s today to discuss the best way to farewell your loved one.

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