About Us

A Little bit of History

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

Over the next five years the opportunity came up to purchase two adjacent properties so planning began to demolish the existing houses and build a Chapel complex which includes catering lounge and encompassing foyer to host after service functions. This was completed by the end of 2004 and proudly opened to serve the needs of families.

In 2008 the Company then purchased Hammond Funeral Services and with the amalgamation of both businesses renamed to Southern Funeral Home and continued operating on the same site of 106 Hokonui Drive.

Heather and Graham have lived in Southland all their lives and proudly raised 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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