26 days ago

Honouring life and celebrating memories

The Staff from Avenal Park Funeral Home

The past months have emphasised to use the importance for families to have a meaningful service for their loved one. For those who have suffered during COVID-19, we admire you for your strength and thank you for your acceptance of the situation.

We encourage people to have a service – … View more
The past months have emphasised to use the importance for families to have a meaningful service for their loved one. For those who have suffered during COVID-19, we admire you for your strength and thank you for your acceptance of the situation.

We encourage people to have a service – whether it be a full funeral, a private family gathering or a memorial service held afterwards. Along with being able to celebrate a loved one’s life, a funeral can assist with the grief and healing process and it provides comfort to those who have gathered.

At Avenal Park FuneralHome, the staff can assist you in ensuring you/your loved one has a meaningful funeral. This can be from designing a personalised casket, to producing an unique service sheet and photo slideshow, through to having elements at the funeral that reflect a person’s life. We respect your needs and wishes.

We are located at 75 Fox Street, Invercargill, phone 03 218 9021 or 0800 033 925 or we can come and visit you in your own home.
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56 days ago

Remembering…

The Staff from Avenal Park Funeral Home

Avenal Park Funeral Home in Invercargill continues to support families throughout this time. We can assist with:

● queries relating to funerals and headstones
● preplanning and prepayments
● funeral gatherings (under current restrictions)
● planning of memorial services (for a future … View more
Avenal Park Funeral Home in Invercargill continues to support families throughout this time. We can assist with:

● queries relating to funerals and headstones
● preplanning and prepayments
● funeral gatherings (under current restrictions)
● planning of memorial services (for a future date)
● personalised caskets
● use of our chapel and facilities
● monumental work – headstones, plaques and memorials
● meeting your needs and wishes the best we can

We are registered members of the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand (FDANZ) and the New Zealand Master Monumental Masons Association (NZMMMA). Kia Kaha from the staff at Avenal Park Funeral Home
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89 days ago

Thank you to the unsung heroes in our community.

The Staff from Avenal Park Funeral Home

We at Avenal Park Funeral Home, acknowledge carers (who visit homes and care for those who are sick, elderly or disabled), cleaners, farmers, truck and passenger drivers, store attendants, workers who maintain our power lines and collect our rubbish, businesses who have supported essential … View moreWe at Avenal Park Funeral Home, acknowledge carers (who visit homes and care for those who are sick, elderly or disabled), cleaners, farmers, truck and passenger drivers, store attendants, workers who maintain our power lines and collect our rubbish, businesses who have supported essential services, those who have managed to work at home in their own bubble, and volunteers (who have made a difference in other people’s lives). And we thank everyone who has stayed at home to protect themselves and others.

The world as we know it has changed, but we are proud to be in a country that has shown kindness, respect and a willingness to work together – thank you.

Kia kaha from the staff at Avenal Park Funeral Home.
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119 days ago

Start the conversation…

The Staff from Avenal Park Funeral Home

Life is about beginnings and endings, happiness and loss. Every life lived has its own story to tell. Share your story with your loved ones and talk about your wishes for your funeral. We encourage you to talk - to have these meaningful conversations with your loved ones.

As well as … View more
Life is about beginnings and endings, happiness and loss. Every life lived has its own story to tell. Share your story with your loved ones and talk about your wishes for your funeral. We encourage you to talk - to have these meaningful conversations with your loved ones.

As well as supporting families when their loved one passes, we can also assist with prearrangements and prepayments. Prearrangements assist families with decision making when they are stressed and grieved. Prepayments are managed through the FDANZ Funeral Trust – held in trust for when it is required.

We also offer a monumental and headstone service, covering everything from memorial plaques to headstones.

If you would like to talk to someone about funeral/monumental options or would even like a tour of our premises, please contact Nigel, Donna, Chris or Mel at Avenal Park Funeral Home - 03 218 9021.
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154 days ago

Memorials – headstones and plaques

The Staff from Avenal Park Funeral Home

For many, a headstone is much more than just a cemetery marker. It is also a way to ensure that loved ones are remembered for generations to come. Memorials carefully selected, designed and crafted can be a reflection of a person’s life and can create an atmosphere of peace, joy, and lasting … View moreFor many, a headstone is much more than just a cemetery marker. It is also a way to ensure that loved ones are remembered for generations to come. Memorials carefully selected, designed and crafted can be a reflection of a person’s life and can create an atmosphere of peace, joy, and lasting memories for all those who visit and pay their respects. Avenal Park Funeral Home assists Southland and Otago families in organising a lasting memorial for their family.

At every stage, from the initial design, through to checking of the layout prior to the blasting of the stone, families are involved in the process. Quotes can be given prior to work commencing. We are members of the New Zealand Master Monumental Masons Association, so you can be assured we offer a high standard of service and products. We also clean, repair and restore existing headstones and plaques.

Please do not hesitate in contacting us to discuss options. You can phone us on 0800 033 925, email office@avenalpark.co.nz or visit our showroom at 75 Fox Street, Invercargill.
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178 days ago

How do you want to be remembered?

The Staff from Avenal Park Funeral Home

So, why should you pre-plan and/or pre-pay your funeral?

● Peace of mind – relieves some of the stress for those left behind, as you have left a plan of what you want. Provides information and answers to questions asked.
● Financial security – eases the burden for your family. … View more
So, why should you pre-plan and/or pre-pay your funeral?

● Peace of mind – relieves some of the stress for those left behind, as you have left a plan of what you want. Provides information and answers to questions asked.
● Financial security – eases the burden for your family. Currently, $10,000 (held in a funeral plan) is exempt from rest home asset testing.
● Personalisation - your wishes are known. You can record your specific preferences for your meaningful funeral, to be celebrated as you want to be remembered.
● You have control until the end – taking care of your funeral arrangements is a thoughtful and caring thing to do for your family.
● Provides comfort to others – a meaningful funeral is an important event for your family and friends. It brings a sense of closure and enables your family to begin the healing process.

From preplanning and/or prearranging of funerals, to looking after you when your loved one dies, through to designing and organising of memorials, the team at Avenal Park Funeral Home are here for you.

For more information, or to discuss prearranging and preplanning your funeral, contact Nigel, Donna, Chris or Mel at Avenal Park Funeral Home on 03 218 9021 or visit us at 75 Fox Street, Invercargill.
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217 days ago

A time to remember…

The Staff from Avenal Park Funeral Home

“A time to reflect and remember that those gone before us, will be with us forever”.

Avenal Park Funeral Home staff invite families and friends to join us at a combined Remembrance Service in the Victoria Rooms at the Civic Theatre - Tay Street, Invercargill on Thursday, 12 December 2019, … View more
“A time to reflect and remember that those gone before us, will be with us forever”.

Avenal Park Funeral Home staff invite families and friends to join us at a combined Remembrance Service in the Victoria Rooms at the Civic Theatre - Tay Street, Invercargill on Thursday, 12 December 2019, commencing at 6.00pm.

You can light a candle in remembrance of your loved one and join us afterwards for light refreshments.

This service has been organised by the Southland Loss and Grief Centre (Invercargill) and is supported by local funeral homes; Avenal Park Funeral Home and Macdonald and Weston along with the Invercargill City Council.

Avenal Park Funeral Home also has a remembrance tree available for those who would like to write a message in memory of their loved one.

Please call into our office – Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5.00pm at 75 Fox Street, Invercargill.

If you would like us to write a card on your behalf, please phone us on 03 218 9021.
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238 days ago

Memorials for your loved one.

The Staff from Avenal Park Funeral Home

Come and view the extensive range of headstones at Avenal Park Funeral Home.

We have a variety of shapes, sizes and colours - black, grey, green, blues and reds and some unique designs. We work with you - from your ideas, through to the layout and design process and onto the installation stage.… View more
Come and view the extensive range of headstones at Avenal Park Funeral Home.

We have a variety of shapes, sizes and colours - black, grey, green, blues and reds and some unique designs. We work with you - from your ideas, through to the layout and design process and onto the installation stage.

Avenal Park Funeral Home are registered Monumental Masons and we are available to work in cemeteries throughout Southland and Otago.

We also offer a cleaning and restoration service for existing headstones.

Please phone us on 03 218 9021 to arrange a time for you to discuss your requirements and to look through our showroom at Avenal Park Funeral Home, 75 Fox Street, Invercargill.
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278 days ago

Supporting Families Bereaved by Suicide

The Staff from Avenal Park Funeral Home

Avenal Park Funeral Home supports local organisations who assist people suffering from grief. Able Invercargill is running the Waves Programme, commencing Wednesday 16 October 2019.

Waves is an 8-week programme that aims to support adults (18+ years old) who have been bereaved by suicide for at … View more
Avenal Park Funeral Home supports local organisations who assist people suffering from grief. Able Invercargill is running the Waves Programme, commencing Wednesday 16 October 2019.

Waves is an 8-week programme that aims to support adults (18+ years old) who have been bereaved by suicide for at least six months.

The programme combines learning about suicide and bereavement with group discussion and support.  The group is facilitated by trained facilitators and supports members to:
● Meet and share with others who are also experiencing the impact of suicide
● Provide a safe, supportive environment to explore aspects of their grief and reduce isolation and stigma associated with bereavement by suicide
● Gain information and strategies about how to care for themselves and others (including children and young people) after a suicide
● Adjust to living with loss and moving forward

Next scheduled programme in Invercargill:
Wednesday 16 October 2019 to Wednesday 4 December 2019
7pm - 9pm
To register contact Able Invercargill
Phone: 03 218 2100
Email: adminsld@able.org.nz
 
Participants must commit to all 8 weeks of the programme.
Transport may be available on request.

Grief is a unique and personal process. Nigel, Donna, Chris and Mel at Avenal Park Funeral Home are there if you need someone to talk to, or we can refer you to a local agency.
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313 days ago

Southland's Community Spring Expo 2019

The Staff from Avenal Park Funeral Home

Avenal Park Funeral Home is proud to be part of the Southland Community Law’s Spring Expo 2019 – Saturday 7 September 2019 at the Ascot Park Hotel Complex. Invercargill. (Free Entry)

Come and meet representatives from many of Southland’s agencies and organisations dedicated to providing … View more
Avenal Park Funeral Home is proud to be part of the Southland Community Law’s Spring Expo 2019 – Saturday 7 September 2019 at the Ascot Park Hotel Complex. Invercargill. (Free Entry)

Come and meet representatives from many of Southland’s agencies and organisations dedicated to providing support and services to the people of Southland.

The expo is to provide awareness and information on services available. There will also be hands-on activities, raffles, prize draws and giveaways.

Nga Kete Health Services will be providing basic health checks.

Fire and Emergency Services will be there with a fire truck to show kids of all ages how they work.

If you are unable to attend the expo and would like to talk to us, you are welcome to contact Nigel, Donna, Chris or Mel at Avenal Park Funeral Home at 75 Fox Street, Invercargill, phone 03 218 9021.
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336 days ago

The best gift you can leave... pre-arranging your funeral

The Staff from Avenal Park Funeral Home

So, why pre-plan your funeral?

- Peace of mind – relieves some of the stress for those left behind, as you have left a plan of what you want. Provides information and answers to questions asked.

- Financial security – eases the burden off your family. Also, currently $10,000 is exempt … View more
So, why pre-plan your funeral?

- Peace of mind – relieves some of the stress for those left behind, as you have left a plan of what you want. Provides information and answers to questions asked.

- Financial security – eases the burden off your family. Also, currently $10,000 is exempt from rest home asset testing.

- Personalisation - your wishes are made known. You can record specific preferences for your funeral, to be celebrated as you want to be remembered.

- You have control until the end – taking care of your funeral arrangements is a thoughtful and caring thing to do for your family.

- Provides comfort to others – a meaningful funeral is an important event for your family and friends. It brings a sense of closure and enables your family to begin the healing process.

From preplanning and/or prearranging of funerals, to looking after you when your loved one dies, through to designing and organising of memorials, the team at Avenal Park Funeral Home are here for you.

For more information, or to discuss prearranging and preplanning your funeral, contact Nigel, Donna, Chris or Mel at Avenal Park Funeral Home on 03 218 9021 or visit us at 75 Fox Street, Invercargill.
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369 days ago

Merlin - There when you need him

The Staff from Avenal Park Funeral Home

Merlin is our lovely Samoyed and belongs to Nigel and Christine Edwards (owners of Avenal Park Funeral Home). Merlin is a frequent visitor to Avenal Park Funeral Home, and he welcomes visitors with his wonderful smile and temperament. Merlin is not a therapy dog, but he can bring comfort without … View moreMerlin is our lovely Samoyed and belongs to Nigel and Christine Edwards (owners of Avenal Park Funeral Home). Merlin is a frequent visitor to Avenal Park Funeral Home, and he welcomes visitors with his wonderful smile and temperament. Merlin is not a therapy dog, but he can bring comfort without saying a word.

Research indicates dogs provide a unique way to cope with loss. The presence of a dog is enough to release “feel good” hormones such as serotonin and oxytocin. They are able to soothe when someone is sad or in mourning. They can also be a welcome distraction.

If during your time of loss, you would like to meet Merlin, please advise your Funeral Director at Avenal Park Funeral Home - Nigel, Donna, Chris or Mel.

Avenal Park Funeral Home (including Merlin) – there when you need them.
If you have any questions, please contact us on 03 218 9021 or call to our office at 75 Fox Street, Invercargill.
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397 days ago

Create a lasting and fitting tribute

The Staff from Avenal Park Funeral Home

As well as being honoured to look after families during the funeral process, Avenal Park Funeral Home can also assist Southland and Otago families in organising a lasting memorial through our monumental masons. We specialise in a wide range of memorial tributes. From unique, specially carved … View moreAs well as being honoured to look after families during the funeral process, Avenal Park Funeral Home can also assist Southland and Otago families in organising a lasting memorial through our monumental masons. We specialise in a wide range of memorial tributes. From unique, specially carved memorials through to traditional granite headstones, cremation and burial plaques. We can also order tiles and photos to accompany your design.

Avenal Park Funeral Home recognises every family we look after is unique and their situation is different. Memorials are available in a range of sizes and colours to suit all budgets. Let us know your thoughts and we can custom design a memorial for you. We listen to what you want.

A quote can be given prior to work commencing. At every stage, from the initial design, through to checking of the layout prior to the blasting of the stone, families are involved in the process. We are members of the New Zealand Master Monumental Masons Association, so you can be assured we offer a high standard of service and products.

Please do not hesitate in contacting us to discuss this further. You can phone us on 03 218 9021, email office@avenalpark.co.nz or visit our showroom at 75 Fox Street, Invercargill.
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427 days ago

Funerals are for the living

The Staff from Avenal Park Funeral Home

“When words are inadequate, have a ritual.” — Author Unknown

Every person has a story that deserves to be told, shared and remembered. Does your family know your story? Having a meaningful funeral gives everyone the chance to remember the person who has died, it is an opportunity to share… View more
“When words are inadequate, have a ritual.” — Author Unknown

Every person has a story that deserves to be told, shared and remembered. Does your family know your story? Having a meaningful funeral gives everyone the chance to remember the person who has died, it is an opportunity to share their unique memories, and to receive support and comfort from others.

Have you ever attended a funeral ceremony that made you feel as if you knew the person more than you did before the service? The funeral and all the details were specifically designed to reflect the life of the loved one and allowed you to see into who they were and what they valued most – it was an opportunity to hear their story.

The funeral can take many forms, there is no right or wrong way to do it. There could be music and poems/prayers, tears and laughter. At its conclusion, there is a general feeling that it was a fitting send-off.

This is a meaningful funeral.

At Avenal Park Funeral Home the staff can assist you in ensuring you/your loved one has a meaningful funeral and their story is able to be told as they would have wanted it. This can be from designing a personalised casket, to producing a unique service sheet and photo slideshow, through to having elements at the funeral that reflect the person’s life.

We are located at 75 Fox Street, Invercargill. Phone 03 218 9021 or we can come and visit you in your own home. We encourage you to take the time to talk and share your story with your loved ones.
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460 days ago

Take the time to talk

The Staff from Avenal Park Funeral Home

Do your children, grandchildren and friends know the defining moments of your life? Do they know the day you laughed so hard you cried? Do they know your proudest achievement or your favourite teacher?

We plan for so many events in our life, but sadly New Zealanders don’t appear so keen to … View more
Do your children, grandchildren and friends know the defining moments of your life? Do they know the day you laughed so hard you cried? Do they know your proudest achievement or your favourite teacher?

We plan for so many events in our life, but sadly New Zealanders don’t appear so keen to plan for their funeral. As Funeral Directors, every day we see the struggle families have when trying to make the decisions which will best honour their loved one’s life.

Take the Time to Talk is a campaign by the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand (FDANZ) to encourage people to spend time sharing their life stories and talking about final farewells. The sharing of your life story isn’t something that has to be done in your absence, don’t leave it up to someone else to tell your story – do it now, when you can enjoy being a part of the conversation.
 
Why not take one piece of stress away from your family by letting them know your story and wishes ahead of time. When the time comes, these conversations can be translated to plan a meaningful gathering to remember and celebrate your life . The discussions can help your family make important decisions about how they wish to remember and honour you.

The staff at Avenal Park Funeral Home can assist you with your arrangements.

We are located at 75 Fox Street, Invercargill or ring us on 03 218 9021 and we can come and visit you.
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