Doug Nesbit Funeral Services Ltd
Funeral Services & McBrides Monumental 03 418 2814
Signworks & Engraving 03 418 1150

COVID - 19 Information

At 11:59pm on March 25, 2020, New Zealand entered Alert Level 4 of the New Zealand Covid-19 Alert Levels. Under these conditions only essential businesses can operate as the New Zealand public are advised to stay at home within their “self-isolated family bubbles”.

Funeral homes fall within the ‘Health’ category of essential businesses, as such the staff from Doug Nesbit Funeral Services are here for you should you need us, but along with all other funeral homes we must operate under strict conditions.

Funeral Services:

No funeral services can occur while we remain at Alert Level 4. This includes public and private gatherings either indoors or out. We understand that this is upsetting and goes against common cultural practices and our funeral directors will work with you to come up with alternate ways of grieving while we are self-isolating.

Healthy Grieving:

Know that you aren’t alone. These limitations will have an effect on the way we honour those we’ve lost but we are committed to helping you find innovative ways to connect with your loved ones and can still offer counselling over the phone.

Cremations and Burials:

Under Alert Level 4 cremations and burials will still take place, however families will not be allowed to attend. Cemeteries and crematoria are closed to the public until further notice.


We will attempt to make arrangements via telephone and have paperwork completed electronically. If this is not possible for you for any reason please let us know. If required we will make an appointment for you to visit the funeral home. Only one representative may come to the funeral home if this is required.


Viewing of the deceased will not be available while we are at alert level 4.

Our Facilities:

During this crisis our doors will be locked but you can still contact us via email or telephone. If you are required to come to us we will schedule a time for you to visit. Before and after your visit we will ensure all commonly touched objects and surfaces are cleaned.

Our business telephone number is 03 418 2814 - managed 7 days per week, 24 hours per day. 
Our email address is   

Please take care and look out for each other so we can minimise the risks to you and your family. 

If you or your family have immediate concerns relating to Covid-19, please call the dedicated Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or visit the Ministry website. 

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