Realising the need for a more compassionate, sustainable and family-led approach to funerals, Deb Cairns and Fran Mitchell set up State of Grace. Fifteen years on they now have two women-owned and operated branches that cover the Auckland area.
“Our service is described as family directed, in recognition of the diversity of families, their needs and values – it is important to us that you are guided to make choices that are right for you and your family,” says Fran.
“We want our families to be comforted by participating as much or as little as they want, whether it’s a full traditional service or a simple cremation. We provide funeral options that are kinder to our environment and help demystify the process,” adds Deb.
Deb is often invited to speak with community groups about death care and funeral planning.
“These are friendly and informal gatherings, and people feel comfortable enough to ask questions they have always wanted answered.”