- A funeral service should primarily be about the person being honoured. Their values, beliefs, cultural influences and final wishes should be of utmost importance. When this happens, it is very clear to see, and you know the person is being remembered in a truly meaningful way.
- Funeral options should not be pre-packaged by the funeral directors, but up to you. Funerals can be small intimate affairs, large public gatherings or something in between. They can also be held at any location, like a church, home or clubrooms. You may even wish to hold the service in a public place such as a park or reserve… anywhere that is meaningful and practical.
- People should feel comfortable talking to us. Our funeral directors and office staff are always available for a chat, and our funeral home is warm and inviting.
- Families should have as much involvement as they would like. This could include designing the service sheet, arranging the flowers for the casket or baking a cake for the reception. How about painting the casket a significant colour? Some people even prefer to bring the family pet along to the funeral service. If something feels right, and helps with the grieving process, then we will support you to make it happen.
- Funerals shouldn’t extend beyond your expressed budget. The person you are honouring wouldn’t want that, and we don’t want that either. Instead, we use all of our skills, experience and expertise to provide a dignified, personalised service in line with your budget. It’s a privilege to serve the Waipa area, and we want what we do to give back to the community. That’s why we choose to offer our funeral services affordable rates.
Our Community Involvement
The Te Awamutu community is a big part of who we are at Rosetown. Our team are involved in many community initiatives and events, and help wherever we can.
Nat Dip FD, Reg FD
During many rewarding years as a St John’s Ambulance Officer, I’ve worked with people in stressful situations to alleviate their pain and anxiety. I also currently serve as a Justice of the Peace, and a member of the Cambridge Community Board.
During my career in law enforcement, I worked closely with people during stressful, anxious times, and developed skills that contribute to my present work. Having begun life in the Waikato, I’m very glad to be living in the region now, with my husband, Ian, while our son currently resides in England. Happy times with family and friends, and as a member of the congenial local Lions Club, keep me busy in my spare time.
Nat Dip Emb., Reg Emb.
It’s an honour when the families feel at ease sharing their memories with me.
Most of my early years were spent in Cambridge, coming from a drystock farm in Roto-o-Rangi. My eldest daughter lives in Wellington and my youngest in Sydney, Australia. I have now come home to the Waikato where my partner, John, and I now live.
Outside of work, Helen enjoys tramping, kayaking, renovating and landscaping projects.
“I fully appreciate the importance and incredible gift that comes from being able to create ritual, ceremony and sharing stories. As a celebrant I am alongside those who wish to honour and acknowledge their loved ones and this can be explored with or without tradition, in whatever way feels right for the situation. As part of the team I am there to support and guide you, creating ceremony is a very powerful way of acknowledging our heritage, our grief and our love.”
Offering non-religious and Christian-based services across all cultures, Anne-Marie’s warm, caring and sensitive personality ensures that all voices are heard and everyone feels included in decisions. “I consider it a privilege to walk beside a family and create a service to farewell their loved one with aroha.”
Her background as broadcast journalist and experienced MC enables her to write and confidently present the services.
“I will create a service that honours your family member, and provides you with an outlet to pay tribute to them in the best way possible. Each funeral service is unique, and can be as simple or involved as you want it to be.”
Kay has had an extensive career in broadcasting and is a morning radio newsreader for NZME. She’s also a very keen golfer and actively involved in the community, including working as a volunteer for Rowing New Zealand.