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Auckland City Council Now Waiving Cremation Fees For Infants

It’s a sad day when parents have to look through cremation urns for infants, a sentiment that the Auckland Council empathizes and understands. The city count has recently announced that it’ll be waiving cremation fees for the cremation of infants under one year of age.

Starting at the 1st of July, the Auckland Council stopped cremation fees for infants under the age range, as a way of supporting grieving whānau (family). Manukau-Papakura Councillor Daniel Newman, one of the proponents of the regulation, says that the change was brought about by the deep sense of compassion and empathy for the families who have experienced such terrible tragedies like the death of someone so young. He says that he’s a councilor from South Auckland, but more importantly, he has empathy for families in his region.

The Auckland Council won’t be losing much from waiving fees for infant cremations, which only rakes in about $14,000 annually. Over the 12 months leading up the June of 2018, there was about 59 cremations of infants under one year of age at Manukau cemetery, 19 at North Shore, and 4Waikumete, with the fee costing about $170.

He expressed belief that grieving parents, who already had to look for cremation urns for infants, should not have to pay for the cremation fees of their babies. He adds that he’s looking to waive burial costs and the cost of burial plots, but that’s something he’ll leave for the next Annual Plan discussion.

President of the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand, Gary Taylor, says that he welcomes the move, saying that it matches the organization’s compassionate to funerals and cremation. He says that the organizationdoesn’t want to put anything that might get in the way of anyone properly sending off their duly departed, regardless of how old their relative is. He says that the funeral industry should be looking and encouraging ways to make the process of grieving easier for people.

Not all city councils agree, however, with Hamilton City charging a cost-recovery fee of  $125, with them saying that there’s little chance of them waiving these fees currently. The Wellington City Council, meanwhile, charges for the cremations, with no plans to waive the fee.


How Funeral Directors In Sydney Approach And Support A Family In Grief

It’s not easy to talk to someone who is in grief of the death of a loved one. It’s even harder to talk to a stranger about such subject. That is why funeral directors in Sydney know how to approach people experiencing the loss of someone they love. They feel the loss, grief and bereavement deep down inside. They speak with the bereaved someone so they know what they need and can provide the right services for the funeral.

You need to know few important things about the grief you try to fix it. Losing someone you love is the most difficult thing that one can experience in his or her life. Different emotions can range from the feelings of the bereaved. They can be initially depressed or angry depending on the loss of the deceased loved one. Sometimes, they feel guilty that they hadn’t done anything to improve the deceased situation. Others are also isolated and want to be alone from the world. All these things are feelings felt by funeral directors in Sydney and they know how to make the right approach.

Things a Funeral Director Must Say to a Grieving Person

  • Recognise the scenario in front of you. Don’t try to ignore or pretend that the client is going through a tough situation. Repeat back their instruction and ensure you are listening attentively to them.
  • Show your concern to their feelings. First, you need to be sympathetic or feel bad for them. Next, you need to empathise with them or you understand their current situation.
  • Be real with your response. Don’t try to fake your overly concern but show passion by the way you respond.

It’s crucial for funeral directors in Sydney to never show their discomfort when meeting a client in grief. In a previous survey done by the Therapists of America, 30% of people felt like they lost their relationships as others didn’t know how to speak with them after losing a loved one. If you follow the following tips, you’re one step closer to the best caring person in this field. All you need is to understand the grieving family’s situation.


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