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  About us  

ABOUT SOUTHERN FUNERAL HOME

Southern Funeral Home is a locally owned funeral home and it is proudly owned and operated by Graham and Heather Stephen, and a team of dedicated professionals.

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Services We Offer

Professional 24 hour care by qualified Funeral Directors and Embalmers ​

Members of the New Zealand Funeral Directors’ Association

Multi-media with full sound and projector to display those special photo-slideshow of memories​

​Modern chapel available accommodating up to 300 people​

Catering Lounge where you can enjoy a selection of fresh club sandwiches, mouth-watering savouries and a variety of cakes (Gluten free options are available on request)

​A casket showroom with a wide selection​

Refurbished lounges and viewing rooms available with after-hours access​

​In house Celebrant available

​Personalised service sheets

Pre-paid and pre-arranged funeral options 

Our Committment To You

Our Funeral Directors are dedicated to setting the highest standard in funeral professionalism and supporting families through what may be the single most difficult time in their life. Our team will provide you and your family with guidance and support to ensure the funeral arrangements are carried out as smoothly and easily as possible, with care, respect and dignity.

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Original Stephen Funeral Home

Circa 1994. Original building in Gore before the chapel was built.

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Graham Stephen in 2022 at the Gore Funeral Home.

Our History

In 1996, Heather and Graham Stephen bought a residential house at 106 Hokonui Drive, Gore, originally destined to form part of a motel complex. While this never went ahead, the house with a front office, was suitable to operate as a funeral home. Council approval was sought to open Stephen Funeral Home.
 

Within five years, they seized the opportunity to purchase two adjacent properties and planning began to demolish the existing houses and build a Chapel featuring a catering lounge and foyer, to host after service functions.  Development completed end 2004 and was proudly opened to serve the needs of local families.

In 2008, the Company purchased Hammond Funeral Services and rebranded the combined businesses, Southern Funeral Home, with operations continuing on the same site of 106 Hokonui Drive.

Heather and Graham have lived in Southland all their lives, raising their family of four.  Graham has followed in his father’s footsteps of funeral directing which initially came about when his grandfather operated a joinery factory in Edendale and made caskets.

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Caring for families of Southland & Otago

Facilitating your farewell wishes, with compassion and care, in a warm and peaceful atmosphere