Increasingly, as well as preplanning a funeral, people also want to set aside an amount towards their funeral*. Contributing towards your funeral costs may help relieve your family of the financial burden.
The Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand (FDANZ) holds any prepayment amount in trust for you or your nominee.
It helps protect your pension
Under current Government policy, prepaid funerals up to $10,000 are excluded from asset testing when assessing subsidy eligibility in long-term residential care for the elderly.
Prepayment helps to provide peace of mind
You contribute towards the cost of the funeral now, to help relieve your family of the financial burden later on.
Recording your Choices
You make the choices – the music, the readings, the venue etc, and we will record these so that your wishes are known when the time comes.
You can still change your arrangements.
Your wishes are carefully documented when you preplan or prepay towards a funeral with Geoffrey T Sowman Funeral Directors, and you receive a copy for your records. You are able to change any of these arrangements at a later date if you wish. If the funeral is to be in another town, we can arrange for your instructions to be transferred.
No health checks are needed
The FDANZ Funeral Trust is not an insurance policy. No health checks or personal questions are needed. Anyone, of any age or health status, can prepay towards a FDANZ Funeral Trust funeral with Geoffrey T Sowman Funeral Directors.
You will have peace of mind because your affairs will be in order
If you would like to know more about these options, please click here or phone Geoffrey T Sowman.
*Please note: An estimate cost for the funeral you want can be given, however this figure is not price fixed and is subject to inflation.