We Can Meet All of Your Cultural Funeral Needs on the Gold Coast, Tweed and Northern NSW
New generations separated from their cultural roots often have to find new ways to mourn; Artisan Funerals can assist you in observing your cultural protocols as closely as possible here on the Gold Coast.
Elder Tīmoti Kāretu states, “Ki te wareware i a tātau tēnei tikanga a tātau, arā te tangi ki ō tātau tūpāpaku, kātahi tō tātau Māoritanga ka ngaro atu i te mata o te whenua ki te Pō, oti atu.’ “(If we forget our cultural practices, particularly those pertaining to the dead, then our very essence of our existence as Māori will be lost from the face of this earth, to the underworld forever)”
Many elements of Māori customary practice have been affected as a result of changes in technology. The migration of Māori to cities, (and in many cases, other countries) some distance from their traditional marae creates the problem of where to hold tangihanga. Often now, families choose to have their deceased prepared and brought to the suburban family residence to observe tangihanga.
At Artisan Funerals, we have dedicated space for you to come and dress your deceased and place them in their coffin. We will then bring them home to you for their time of tangihanga. Our transfer wagon has been modified in the rear compartment to keep a backseat that enables a family member to travel with their deceased.
Our dedicated space is available to all our families, whether they are fulfilling cultural obligations, or simply wanting to spend quiet time with their loved one. Having worked extensively within Maori, Pasifika, Hindu and Sikh communities, we are aware that each community has its own individual needs, and Artisan Funerals will work with you to meet them as you need to. This may take the form of being fully traditional, or a mixture of traditional and personal choices. As always, the choice is yours and we are here to help you realise your vision of the ideal farewell within your family
From here on the Gold Coast and Northern NSW, Artisan Funerals can help you send your loved one home in a timely and dignified manner, wherever home may be. If New Zealand is your home destination, we have trusted funeral directors there who will receive your loved one and help you transport them back to their marae, urupa, family residence, or destination of choice.