Pacific Family Funerals and A Gentle Touch Funerals work hand in hand and have a sound understanding of many cultural requirements. The Maori people,
Tangihanga, (the time of mourning) is an integral part of the grieving process.
Lasting usually 3 days and is customarily held at the whare tangi or at the family home.
Traditionally the support for the whanau pani (bereaved family) is fundamental to the mourning process. The Tangihanga allows people the chance to talk, cry, laugh and share stories remembering with fondness and admiration of the person who has passed.
A Tangihanga arranged for the family by Moko Kamira usually begins with the ‘calling home’ in honour of the bereaved family’s deep connection to their homeland.
At the end of the 3day ceremony, sometimes a Po Whakangakau or
Po Whakamutunga is held. The traditional purpose of the Po is to brighten the spirits of the whanau pani, acknowledging that the coming weeks will be difficult. This special night of performance, is for singing, storytelling, jokes and often laughter.
Tangihanga not only provides space but an opportunity to grieve and celebrate one’s life, a way of saying goodbye to our loved ones before they join their Tupuna (ancestors) in the Spirit World.
Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga, The Cook Islands & Nuie (Pacifika) have their own unique customs associated with grief and mourning.
At Pacific Island Funerals and A Gentle Touch Funerals we understand and respect the deep faith of the Polynesian People and offer to families a ceremony which is as close to island traditions as possible.