Forever Shining Memorial Products Now in New Zealand
The selection of a beautiful memorial is a lasting act of love, an attempt to immortalise the spirit and character of a loved one. Forever Shining’s quality products are now available in New Zealand, giving you an opportunity to choose among a vast range of high quality possibilities.
We know that memorialising a loved one can be a challenging task, especially if you have just a few limited possibilities to choose from. This is why Forever Shining puts an emphasis on personalisation. You can easily create your own memorial or plaque. Our online tool enables you to choose the right visuals, motifs and inscriptions. The rest is up to us!
Our New Zealand clients can choose among numerous funeral and memorial products. We deliver to all major cities, including Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington. We also deliver to several other areas on the North and South islands. The Forever Shining website provides detailed information about the delivery, the terms and conditions.
Forever Shining uses only the best quality materials and innovative techniques that result in memorials that are durable and sophisticated. Choose a beautiful black granite headstone with white inscriptions or opt for the cool and smooth beauty of stainless steel. Our stainless steel headstones come with glass-backed inscriptions. The light-transmitting medium creates a memorial like no other.
Alternatively, you may want to select one of our urns. Once again, we’ve brought together modern technology and classic appeal. A marble stone inlaid urn can come with laser-etched visuals. A porcelain-inlaid urn is the best possibility, if you want to have a full-colour photograph on the surface. Two other beautiful and exciting options that we offer to our New Zealand customers include black anodized urns and YAG lasered stainless steel urns.
Do you need a full memorial, a customised headstone, a plaque or an elegant urn? Take a look at our selection to find the item that will be just right. If you can’t find the particular design you want in our catalogue, use the online tool to create your own. Alternatively, you can give us a call and we’ll do our best to bring the product as close to your vision as possible.
New Zealand Rites: Honouring Loved Ones
According to traditional maori beliefs, the spirit continues to exist even after the death of the physical body. In this sense, the maori understanding of death is no different from what most people across the world believe.
Depending on the tribal group, there were numerous rituals surrounding the death of a loved one. The most important ritual, the ceremony of tuku, was carried out to free the spirit from its earthly bounds.
The night before the funeral, the maori used to gather together, sing songs and tell stories about the deceased individual. A story-telling session was also held after the funeral. The body of the dead person was buried rather than cremated, which allowed it to return to mother Earth and complete the cycle.
These rituals have somewhat been modified over the years but the basic premise remains the same. The ritualistic part of the funeral gives family members and friends closure. It allows them to honour someone special and deal with the grief. Though story telling and singing sessions aren’t that common nowadays, it’s a common practice for individuals that knew the deceased person well to say a couple of words during the funeral.
In New Zealand, the funeral focuses intimately on the life of the person. Old friends, co-workers, relatives and even individuals going to the same sports club as the deceased person are likely to come to the funeral. Their attendance symbolically represents all stages of the person’s life. Personalisation is crucial and photos are often shown during the funeral. This is a practice that is often frowned upon in other countries (like Sweden, Norway and other Scandinavian countries) because it is way too personal and intimate.
We understand the need for personalisation. This is the main reason why the Forever Shining customers have so much freedom in terms of choosing the shape, size and material of memorials, as well as uploading photos, writing the inscriptions and selecting decorative motifs. Special individuals deserve to be honoured in the best possible way. The selection of the right memorial products is just a small part of celebrating the life and accomplishment of someone that was dearly loved and that will remain in the hearts of relatives and friends for decades to come.