To stop the spread of COVID-19, gathering together for funerals and tangi is not permitted while New Zealand is at Alert Level 4.
This applies to all deceased persons, regardless of when and where they died, or the cause of death.
It includes gatherings at burials, cremations, memorial services, open or closed caskets or viewings, funeral wakes, processions or receptions and social gatherings, both indoors and outdoors.
We must protect people’s health and ensure our health system can look after all people in New Zealand who become sick.
Bereaved families and whānau from all cultures and backgrounds will find this time challenging. This makes it even more important that we show each other kindness and caring, manaakitanga and aroha.
Funeral Directors provide essential services and will continue working during Level 4. They will be able to guide you on the best options for your situation, which may include:
Not being able to say goodbye to a loved one, in the way we are used to, will be very challenging.
Read through the basic advice on mental wellbeing and call or text 1737 – free, anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – to talk with a trained counsellor.