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National Funeral undertakers Doves - established almost five decades ago is the South African market leader in funeral services.

Comprehensive Funeral Services, including restoration art, embalming and cremations are provided at most of the group’s funeral branches. These services are rendered with due regard and respect for the family of the deceased. We conduct all our affairs with the highest ethical standards, respecting the dignity of a funeral and being sensitive to the diverse cultural, ethnic and religious needs of our clients.

Doves Funeral Services
The arrangement and conducting of funerals are done through a countrywide network of approximately 140 Doves branches, where Client Care and Excellent Service are the primary objectives. Branches with well trained staff can be found at:

Doves in the Western Cape
Doves in the Eastern Cape
Doves Funeral Home in Transkei
Doves in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, the North West province and Gauteng
Doves in Kwa-Zulu Natal
Doves in the Free State

Click HERE for the Union Life Funeral Plan (Funeral Insurance Cover)

Doves is the established leader in the field of cremations and operates nine strategically placed crematoriums throughout South Africa.

Through it’s repatriation division, Doves International ensures that human remains are transported with dignity to and from any country in the world.

Decisions to be made

The following important matters will require your consideration:

  • Do you wish to have a funeral or a cremation?
    Where possible, the deceased’s will or any funeral contract should be examined for any specific instructions relating to the matter.
  • What type of casket do you require?
    A variety of products are available to suit your requirements.
  • Where would you like the funeral service to be held?
    In your own church, the crematorium chapel, in our funeral chapel, in your home, etc.
  • Where would you like the deceased to be buried?
    In the local cemetery, in the family cemetery, at his place of birth, etc.
  • Do you require any special services?
    The nature and extent of any function to be arranged for funeral goers, photographs to be taken, video recording of the proceedings, transport for the funeral goers, etc (we can arrange for professionals to assist in this regard).
  • How do you wish to personalize the service?
    The dressing of the deceased, type of flowers, service programmes, special music, etc.
  • Whom do you wish to officiate at the funeral?
    If you do not know of a minister, we can obtain the services of one for you.
  • Whom do you wish to act as bearers?
    Family members, friends, etc.
  • Do you require notices to be placed in local newspapers?
    Please let us have the necessary wording as soon as possible to make the newspaper’s deadlines for advertisements.

Once you have made your decisions and given us your instructions, we will make all the necessary arrangements for you. This includes:

  • The removal of the remains to our premises
  • Registration of death and obtaining both the Statutory Death Certificate and Burial Order
  • Booking of the grave/cremation with the relevant authority
  • Delivery of all statutory forms required by the relevant cemetery/crematorium authority
  • Contacting of clergy, organist and church
  • All statutory returns required
  • Obtaining all medical certificates for cremation

Need to arrange a funeral?
complete THIS short Doves Funeral Services form.

Doves will assist with the Arrangement and conducting of A funeral.



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