- that a funeral should be about the person first and foremost. It’s their set of values, cultural influences, beliefs and final wishes that should come to the fore. When this happens, you know the person is being remembered in a relevant and meaningful way.
- that funeral choices shouldn’t be pre-set by the funeral directors, they should be up to you. Funerals can be small intimate affairs, large public gatherings or something in between. They can be held at a church, at home or at a public place like a park or reserve… the choice is yours.
- that people should be comfortable talking to us. Our funeral home is warm and inviting, almost like stepping into a friend’s home.
- that the families should be involved as much as they want to be. If something feels right and it helps with the grieving, then we will support you to make it happen.
- that funerals shouldn’t extend beyond your expressed budget – your loved one wouldn’t want that, and we wouldn’t either. That’s why we use all of our skills, experience and expertise to guide you through a process that results in a dignified, personalised service while sitting in line with your budget.
Our Community Involvement
The community is a big part of who Grinter’s are. Our team are involved in many community initiatives and events, and help wherever we can.
Nat Dip FD, Reg FD
During my career in law enforcement, I worked closely with people during stressful, anxious times, and developed skills that contribute to my present work. Having begun life in the Waikato, I’m very glad to be living in Cambridge now, with my husband, Ian, while our son currently resides in England. Happy times with family and friends, and as a member of the congenial Cambridge Lions Club, keep me busy in my spare time.
Nat Dip Emb., Reg Emb.
It’s an honour when the families feel at ease sharing their memories with me.
Most of my early years were spent in Cambridge, coming from a drystock farm in Roto-o-Rangi. My eldest daughter lives in Wellington and my youngest in Sydney, Australia. I have come home to Cambridge where my partner, John, and I live on a dairy farm.
Outside of work, Helen enjoys tramping, kayaking, renovating and landscaping projects.
Offering non-religious and Christian-based services across all cultures, Anne-Marie’s warm, caring and sensitive personality ensures that all voices are heard and everyone feels included in decisions. “I consider it a privilege to walk beside a family and create a service to farewell their loved one with aroha.”
Her background as broadcast journalist and experienced MC enables her to write and confidently present the services.
“I will create a service that honours your family member, and provides you with an outlet to pay tribute to them in the best way possible. Each funeral service is unique, and can be as simple or involved as you want it to be.”
Kay has had an extensive career in broadcasting and is a morning radio newsreader for NZME. She’s also a very keen golfer and actively involved in the community, including working as a volunteer for Rowing New Zealand.
After studying with NZ Funeral Celebrants, Steve has conducted a number of services and received very good feedback.
“I want to ensure that each service reflects the person, and that they receive a farewell in the way the family wants them remembered for.
I work hard to present a service with music and readings that are personal to them.”
Steve’s interests include fishing, rugby union, gardening, music and horse racing. He is currently on the Board of Waikato Racing Club.