Indigenous peoples of Australia Wide and New Zealand

Forever Shining create memorials including Headstones, Full monuments and plaques delivered Australia Wide – Western Australia for example The Kimberley, Kununurra, Broome, Marble Bar and Port Hedland, Darwin, Northern Territory, Thursday Island, Cairns, New Zealand

Forever Shining takes great pride in our ability to provide custom designed monuments
to the indigenous peoples of Australia and New Zealand.

Darwin, Thursday Island, Caims - Headstones

Darwin, Thursday Island, Caims - Headstones

Call us to Design

Tel: 1300 851 181

Darwin, Thursday Island, Caims - Headstones

Forever Shining takes note of the funeral customs and traditions of each diverse group of people.
It is our mission to ensure that everyone gets the right monument for their loved ones.
With a wide range of coloured granite to choose from from black granite to white marble our team can create a memorial that represents your loved one and meets your budget – custom designs available – ask us about a long lasting memorial with laser etching into premium black granite, the most durable product which allows your images or scenery laser etched into granite

Darwin, Thursday Island, Caims - Headstones

Darwin, Thursday Island, Caims - Headstones

Call us to Design

Tel: 1300 851 181

Darwin, Thursday Island, Caims - Headstones

Darwin, Thursday Island, Caims - Headstones

Darwin, Thursday Island, Caims - Headstones

Darwin, Thursday Island, Caims - Headstones

Darwin, Thursday Island, Caims - Headstones

Darwin, Thursday Island, Caims - Headstones

Darwin, Thursday Island, Caims - Headstones

Darwin, Thursday Island, Caims - Headstones

Call us to Design

Tel: 1300 851 181

Darwin, Thursday Island, Caims - Headstones

Call us to Design

Tel: 1300 851 181

Darwin, Thursday Island, Caims - Headstones

Call us to Design

Tel: 1300 851 181

Darwin, Thursday Island, Caims - Headstones

Call us to Design

Tel: 1300 851 181

Funeral Customs of the Maori

In Maori, the indigenous tribe of New Zealand, who live across Australia and New Zealand in areas such as Darwin, Thursday Islands or Cairns the funeral customers are unique to the people. The phrase tangihanga or tangi is used to describe the process that other cultures call grieving. The  different tribes have unique and different ways of practicing this grieving process.

Tangi is a common practice among all tribes. It lets them express their loss and to grieve for not just this loss, but for others that have gone before.

Tangihanga are typically held at Marae. These are community areas where the Maori gather. Normally they have a meeting house, a dining hall and an area where you can cook, as well as a sacred place for the people to meet.

The Marae is a symbol of the identity of the tribe. Today in a culture that is mixed, the tangihanga may also be held at a private home or might take place at a funeral parlor.

The Tangi is not a single affair for the Maori, lasting just a few hours. It may take several days. It begins with the passing away of the loved one, continues after the person is buried and continues on until all of the rituals associated with the grieving process are completed. Prior to the burial, the coffin is open so that those who were close to the person may touch, kiss, hug or offer comments to express their love and their grief.

The belief in Maori is that the tūpāpaku or the deceased must not be left alone so many family members will stay with them through the ceremonies with older females of the family offering support in this endeavor.

Forever Shining offers our respect to this magnificent culture. Our goal is to ensure that the native symbolism and cultural icons are available to you. Forever Shining is the only design your own monument or gravestone company of our kind in the world.

The typical Maori or indigenous peoples use various symbols for headstones or gravestones that are a part of the natural world. The animals and plants that are part of the world around us are often uses symbols for the tribes. It is our pleasure to help you to obtain the precise design and etching or carving that you desire for your loved ones monument. Flowers, turtles or crocodiles are designs that are all possible for the cemetery plaques or headstones of a loved one.

Request the design that you are looking for or ask for information about designs or other aspects of the monument order process. It will be our pleasure to assist you to obtain the exact monument that you desire for your loved one.

If you desire a custom monument  or gravestone  for a native funeral service, Forever Shining can assist. Call today at 1300 851 181

Darwin, Thursday Island, Caims - Headstones