Cremations & Burials
Cremation funerals are considerably cheaper than a burial and whilst the cost of a cremation in the Auckland area does not vary much, the price of a burial plot varies dramatically, depending on the area. It is important to consider that whilst the cremation is cheaper, there is still the issue of a final resting place for the ashes, and if interment is desired, then a price for doing this should be obtained from the funeral directors, i.e. the cost of the ash plot, the digging fee and the price of a plaque or headstone, dependant upon the area within the cemetery and its specific restrictions.
A burial will include such things as the cost of the plot, the digging fee, maintenance fee (some cemeteries charge a one-off fee) and the cost of the lowering device and green mats surrounding the plot (some cemeteries do charge additional for this). Manning Funerals will always encourage families to pay a nominal extra fee for a “double depth” burial. (In some cases, the cemetery does not charge extra for double depth, but is done automatically, even if a second interment is not anticipated). This allows for another burial on top of the existing one at a later stage. When the second interment occurs, there is an area left between the two caskets. Even though some families say there will not be anyone interred in the plot, Martha-Louise of Manning Funerals still offers the “double depth” option, as circumstances may change and by having the option available means that the second interment only attracts digging fees, rather than the purchase of a new plot, plus digging fees.