Making Your Wishes Known (Remuera – Sibuns Funeral Directors)

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Funeral services these days are expected to be a memorable and personal celebration of a person’s life, often with a lot of family participation, says Kaye Shannon, Funeral Director and Manager of Sibuns Funeral Directors and Advisors.

Decisions and preparations can become rather stressful for the family if that person hasn’t let them know what they wanted, come the time of their death. People feel reassured and more confident in planning the funeral service if they have a few personal guidelines to work from, Kaye says.

“It’s a lot easier when people have thought about and recorded their wishes. Increasingly, people are asking Sibuns to record these as part of their retirement planning. Most people have a reasonable idea as to what they want to happen, but if they haven’t written it down and handed it to their lawyer or a funeral firm, how can they expect anyone else to know?” she says.

“People are realising that pre-planning can avoid stress and worry later and can provide peace of mind knowing that many details have already been taken care of. It doesn’t involve any cost or financial commitment – simply ensuring it’s all written down and lodged with Sibuns is all people need to do.

“Funeral ceremonies are important for family and friends to remember the good times, funny moments, their favourite music, their unique contributions, and to hear tributes and stories from people of all ages, including children who have been a part of the person’s life.”

Kaye, who lives locally and has become involved with local clubs and fundraising ventures, is a highly experienced and popular funeral director, which she attributes to listening to what families want and then ensuring all the details are taken care of on the day.

Sibun’s premises are in a gracious old two storey home in Remuera Road and includes private viewing rooms, a small boutique Chapel and offices. The firm was established by Watney Sibun in Newmarket in 1913, moving to Remuera in 1989, when he also purchased CH Barker Funeral Home in Onehunga, formed in the early 1860’s.

Sibuns Funeral Directors & Advisors
582 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland 1050
Phone –               09 520 3119         09 520 3119
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