Our team at Brember Family Funerals would be honoured to assist your family with your Maori funeral needs. As a highly-rated funeral home in Melbourne, we've helped many Maori families plan memorable funerals that follow their traditions and beliefs. At Brember Family Funerals, we understand that death is an integral part of your Maori culture, and we're here to help you during Tangihanga.
You can trust our team at Brember Family Funerals to know what to do to help you honour Maori funeral customs as you farewell your loved one before they join their Tupuna.
Our Maori funeral packages include:
If your loved one has recently passed and you're looking to plan a Maori funeral, please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. We understand this can be an emotional time in life, and our caring team is here to help you with everything you need to plan a funeral and follow the Maori funeral customs.
The first thing you'll need to do is ensure the relevant authorities have been notified of your loved one's death. After that, call our experienced team without delay for compassionate care and Maori funeral planning that's personalised to you and your family.
Our experienced team will start planning and do the following:
Having planned many traditional Maori funerals for Melbourne families, we understand your traditions and rituals are essential to farewell your loved one.
Please contact us with any questions you may have about planning a Maori funeral service.
When your loved one passes, please get in touch with us first so we can help you prepare them for the viewing rituals. We can help you organise embalming, dressing and laying them in a suitable viewing coffin. They will be treated with the utmost respect and care as their spirit remains with you and your family.
When your loved one is ready, we will transport them to the place of your Whare Tangi. Once your Po ceremony is completed, we will return to take your loved one to the urupa for a burial funeral service. We can also arrange a cremation funeral if you wish.
Our funeral packages can be adapted to suit your needs. With experience in planning Maori funerals in Melbourne, don't hesitate to get in touch with us for support and respect as you come together with your community to remember and celebrate the life of your loved one.
When it comes to arranging a traditional Maori funeral, please contact us for personalised service.
You can view our most popular funeral packages here:
Planning a funeral that celebrates life and follows your traditional beliefs and culture is what we do best. Contact us today.
With experience in planning Maori funerals in Melbourne, our team can travel to numerous locations to accommodate the Maori funeral customs. Our headquarters are in the South-East; however, we travel to all of Metro Melbourne, Gippsland and the Mornington Peninsula.
You can see a list of our most frequented suburbs here, but please get in touch with us if your suburb isn't listed.
For the Maori people, Tangihanga (the mourning period) usually lasts for 3 days before the Maori funeral service and is held at the Whare Tangi or family home. During this time, visitors are welcomed with traditional speeches, songs and chants being exchanged. After the burial rites are completed, a traditional feast is held.
If you're unsure what to wear to a Maori funeral, it's often best to ask the family. Usually, there will be a particular dress code required for the Marae, and the family may inform you about this. Funeral attendees often wear black clothing with a leaf wreath (kawakawa) on their heads.
A Maori Funeral (a Tangi) is traditionally longer than other funeral services. Lots of speeches and songs are used, and mourners are encouraged to let their emotions out loudly, giving emotional speeches, sharing memories, performing songs and chanting. A priest or minister usually conducts the funeral service, with the Whanua pani (close family members) not expected to speak.
Maori funeral customs commence when the person passes away. The traditional 3 days of mourning are held first, with people visiting to exchange stories, laugh, cry, sing and chant. On the last night, the mourners hold a vigil before the coffin is closed and a funeral service is held. Mourners provide gifts (koha) after the traditional feast is held. After the burial, the deceased home and final resting place are ritually cleansed with prayers, and a ceremony called takahi is undertaken.