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COVID-19 Grief Resource for bereaved families and whānau
30 March 2020
The Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand (FDANZ) has today posted on its website a COVID-19 Grief Resource information sheet to support bereaved families, whānau and friends who are extremely distressed that, at this time, no funerals, tangi or farewell gatherings can be held for their loved one. Read more
Quinquennial Trans-Tasman Funeral Sector Conference
5 March 2020
The Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand (FDANZ) has today released details of the quinquennial Trans-Tasman Funeral Sector Conference.
The event is held alternately with Australia and taking place in Auckland on 10th & 11th March 2020 when over 270 funeral professionals from the both sides of the Tasman will be in attendance.
“Ever 5 years, New Zealand and Australia hold a joint conference and 2020 is our year.” says FDANZ President Gary Taylor, “Much is happening in the funeral sector right now and so this conference comes at an important time for both nations.” he said. Read more
Whakaari/White Island Eruption
10 December 2019
“We were shocked to hear the news about the eruption and our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have lost loved ones or have not been able to contact them” says FDANZ President Gary Taylor. “FDANZ has already started preparations to support those impacted by this terrible tragedy” Taylor said, “Our District Chair has been in touch with local members and we have activated the NZ Funeral Disaster Response Team”. Read more
Samoa Measles Crisis
5 December 2019
The Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand (FDANZ) has today released an update on the Samoa Measles Crisis.
“It’s terrible to see the crisis unfolding in Samoa with 60 confirmed deaths, 52 of those being children 4 and under” says FDANZ President Gary Taylor, “and our hearts go out to all those who have lost loved ones.” Read more
Take the Time to Talk Awareness Week 8-12 April 2019
8 April 2019
New Zealand’s Take the Time to Talk Awareness Week will be held on 8-12 April, when the funeral profession will be encouraging families throughout New Zealand to share their stories of their loved ones with each other and the wider community to keep their memories alive and support healthy grieving
Funeral homes up and down the country that are members of the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand (FDANZ) will be distributing leaflets and putting up posters in their communities to promote the idea that sharing stories and planning ahead ensures that when the time comes our funerals are meaningful and have value to those left behind. A meaningful farewell is central to the process of healthy grieving and the wellbeing of our communities. Read more
Sentencing a reminder to choose funeral home carefully
30 January 2019
The sentencing of the owners of a funeral home that went into liquidation taking with it the deposits of 12 families is a further reminder of the need for people to choose funeral homes carefully, says the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand read more