- 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.
“I fully appreciate the importance and incredible gift that comes from being able to create ritual, ceremony and sharing stories. As a celebrant I am alongside those who wish to honour and acknowledge their loved ones and this can be explored with or without tradition, in whatever way feels right for the situation. As part of the team I am there to support and guide you, creating ceremony is a very powerful way of acknowledging our heritage, our grief and our love.”
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.