Funerals & Covid 19


What does the implementation of the Traffic Light System across the country mean for funerals in Wellington?

From the 12th September 2022, Wellington (with the rest of the country) is considered ‘Green’ under the COVID-19 Protection Framework

Protocols for funerals 

  • There are now no limits to the number of attendees
  • There is now no requirement to sight a Vaccine Pass
  • There is now no need to scan the QR Code or sign the Contact Tracing Register
  • Catering is permitted
  • Mask wearing is discretionary

For more information – visit the Unite Against Covid site

Rites of Passage

After a person has died there are a series of transitions, all of which are an important part of the funeral process.

If family are present at the time of death in the home, they can wash and dress the deceased – a natural extension of the personal care they had given them in life. (This will be dependent on cause of death and current health and safety guidelines). It’s a valuable time to slow down, talk and reminisce. Often, these are the last moments spent with the person who has died.

If death has occurred in the hospice, rest home or hospital, clearly communicate your wishes to the staff, who will endeavour to co-operate should their current protocols allow.

The next transition point is the funeral service. Family, friends and colleagues to collectively mourn their loss. Sharing their stories and consolation.

After cremation, there are the ashes, another transition. The decision may be to scatter or inter at a public cemetery, another future opportunity to gather.

If the person is being buried, the grave site is another gathering point and can be readily revisited at any time, perhaps for the unveiling of the headstone or planting of the tree for a Natural Burial.

Value every interaction, no matter how minimal.


We take photos at weddings and birthdays but seem uncomfortable to do so at funerals. Attitudes are changing, as now almost everyone has a phone with a camera. Take any opportunity to capture the events, on film or audio, to share with those unable to attend. The gathering at the death bed, the burial or scattering of ashes.

Digital Tributes

There are many digital tribute websites where friends, colleagues and distant family can upload their stories, pictures and memories.

A funeral does not necessarily need to be a large, well attended event – often, those intimate, private gatherings can be just as significant.

Talk to us and we can work together to create new rituals for a thoughtful farewell.