Support is available
Losing a friend or loved one can be an extremely difficult and challenging time. This may be even more difficult if you have experienced bereavement and grief during COVID-19. At higher settings of the traffic light system, we may need to adapt traditions and adopt new ways of farewelling our loved ones.
If you ever feel you are not coping, it is important to talk with a health professional.
If you need to talk, you can call or text 1737. It is free, anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to talk with a trained counsellor.
Funerals can go ahead
Funerals, tangihanga, burials and viewing of tūpāpaku (the person who has died) can go ahead at Red.
There can be up to 200 people in a single defined space at an indoor venue at any time. The limit includes children under 12, whānau pani and ringawera. There is no limit to how many people can be at an outdoor venue.
This applies to funerals and tangihanga held at:
- funeral homes
- churches, mosques and other faith-based places of worship
- hired venues or facilities
- private homes
You can travel anywhere to attend a funeral, tangihanga, burial or viewing.
You can serve food and drink.
Advice for tangihanga
A marae can have multiple groups of 200 people coming through to attend a tangihanga — as long as the groups are not on the marae at the same time and do not mix with each other.
Marae must make sure they clean all rooms and areas between groups.
Handling, viewing and storing the tūpāpaku
Funeral directors, faith-based leaders, whānau and friends can handle and go and view the tūpāpaku (the person who has died). Up to 200 people can view the tūpāpaku, if everyone is fully vaccinated.
Providing services for a tūpāpaku
You can provide or help others provide services to a tūpāpaku if you are fully vaccinated. This can include:
- other preparations for cremation or burial.
More information for funeral workers
Funeral directors, religious and faith-based leaders can find more information on health.govt.nz
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