Funeral Services

Personalised and respectful funeral services

Stan and Bronwyn Leishman, the new owner/operators at Leishman Funeral Services (formerly Doug Nesbit Funeral Services) recognise the importance of creating a special celebration of someone's life. In the small communities in Balclutha and thoughout South Otago, our team will work with the family members to plan a service and take care of as many of the details as you like.

Our professional team have been involved in guiding many families through this time and realise that one size does not fit all. We will accommodate the ideas of the family to ensure the ceremony is personalised and individual.

With family and friends living overseas, it is sometimes impossible for all to attend the service. Leishman Funeral Services have the technology to record the full service from the time the hearse arrives to the very end or faciliating a ZOOM link to enable overseas family members to still be part of and participate in the funeral service of their loved one. 

Legal obligations

The funeral director will take care of the following details on behalf of the family: 

  • Contacting the doctor, coroner or hospital and the timely collection of relevant certificates. 
  • Transportation of the deceased. 
  • Registration of death and other necessary documentation.
  • Arranging National or Inter National repatriation of the deceased. 
  • Contacting the appropriate burial or cremation authorities. 

Cultural Awareness

As funeral directors we are aware of the many different religions and cultures within our communities.  We strive to assist with all specific requests pertaining various cultures and religious beliefs around planning and conducting a meaningful funeral service. 


Led by Bronwyn Leishman, the catering team can accommodate any number of guests for a cuppa and a bite to eat after the service in the lounge. With a full commercial onsite kitchen, all food is perpared in house. There is no set menu and we welcome families to make suggestions about the food provided.

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