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Do it yourself funerals in New Zealand 2019

Total involvement of family and friends to be part of the process of saying goodbye can assist with the grieving process.

Here, we see family and friends decorating a home-made casket – adults and children, together.

Do you provide support services or resources for those nearing the end of life?

List your organisation with the End of Life Directory, New Zealand.

An End of life Doula’s day

An End of life Doula’s day

I was assigned to an extraordinary woman who had a terminal illness. Pamela was a portrait artist and had travelled the depths of herself. We spent many days walking in nature, painting together and visiting churches and cathedrals. We had our favourite café Mezze Bar and Café, Durham St, Auckland City. The staff knew us well; hours were spent talking, laughing, sketching on odd bits of paper. Then maybe we would go to Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph and light a candle, pray and just sit. Our connection was incredibly deep and mysterious.

Yes, I seek the Mystery.”

As the time drew closer our conversations changed, they relinquished deeper wisdom and love. I felt myself crossing a bridge with her and coming back; this occurred several times until the time came to let Pamela go from this life. Autumn leaves were falling when Pamela took her last breath. I would like to share a text she sent me just prior to her last breath. “You are an angel you are love through all eternity”.

I have so much gratitude for the time we spent and the love I experienced.

“Freedom is letting go of the last moment.”

Advanced Care Directives and Planning

Advanced Care Directives and Planning

Advanced Care Planning helps you, the important people in your life and
your health care team plan for your end-of-life care.

It helps you understand what the future might hold, and to say what health care you would or would not want.  This makes it much easier for everyone to know what you want – especially if you can no longer speak for yourself.

An advance care plan includes what is meaningful to you, such as people and pets, your values and the ways you would like those caring for you to look after your spiritual and emotional needs.

It can also cover what sort of funeral you would like, whether you want to donate your organs, whether you want to be buried or cremated, where your important papers are and whether you have in place an enduring power of attorney or advance directive.

Advanced Care Directives and Planning – https://www.hqsc.govt.nz/our-programmes/advance-care-planning/about-acp/

Do you provide support services or resources for those nearing the end of life?

List your organisation with the End of Life Directory, New Zealand.

Natural burial

Natural burial

Natural Burials return the body to the earth in nature’s own way.  That means allowing conditions for speedy decomposition, and regeneration of a natural forest above the graves.

Natural Burials – NZ – http://www.naturalburials.co.nz/natural-burial-facts/what-is-a-natural-burial/

An understanding of how to go about organising your loved ones funeral.

“You will be rewarded with the satisfaction that you have done something very special to honour the person you have loved”.

“You can plan and achieve an affordable alternative that can be very meaningful for you and your family in your time of grief”.

DIY Funerals – NZ – http://www.diyfuneral.co.nz

Do you provide support services or resources for those nearing the end of life?

List your organisation with the End of Life Directory, New Zealand.