The Lychway

We walk with you every step of the way.

About Us

We have a great team with ample experience, both personally and professionally. We are here to help guide you.

Our People

Graeme Procter

Graeme’s worked in the funeral industry for seven years, all of them as the owner and manager of The Lychway Funeral Directors. He strives to provide a high level of service to families and to make the process of arranging a funeral as easy as possible. “It’s a very special privilege to serve our families in their time of need. Graeme graduated with a Diploma in Funeral Directing in 2016. Outside of work, Graeme enjoys the lifestyle block he lives on, and enjoys most sports, particularly golf and fishing.

Glenn Davies

Glenn is a funeral director/embalmer and has over 15 years’ experience within the funeral industry. Glenn is passionate about his chosen career and takes great pride in caring for the bereaved families he looks after. He also believes it is important to allow relatives and friends to spend unlimited time saying goodbye to their loved one before the service takes place. In his spare time, Glenn enjoys a bit of fishing with his son Matt and spending time with his partner Racheal.

Mark Hazelwood

Mark is a funeral director and registered celebrant. Mark has involved in the funeral industry since 2016, coming to us from a media background. Mark and his wife Katrina moved their family to the Manawatu in 2014 and have strong family ties across the region. During his spare time, Mark is a corporate voiceover artist for New Zealand radio stations, a golfer and he is always happiest when spending time with his two children.

Sharon Bower

Sharon has been involved with the funeral industry for over 30 years and has extensive knowledge based on her experience. She lives on a lifestyle property with her partner, has two adult children and is a proud Nan of four grandchildren. Sharon enjoys walking, reading, spending time with friends and is also passionate about her animals – three dogs and three cats.

Karyn Formby

Karyn recently joined The Lychway team after a career spanning 18 years serving in the New Zealand Defence Force where she spent 14 years in the New Zealand Army as a Logistics Supply Technician (RNZALR) serving in East Timor (Timor-Leste) and four years as a Civilian for the Royal New Zealand Airforce. She grew up in Cambridge and Hamilton. Outside work she enjoys competitive running and spending time with her partner and two children.

Our People
Our History
We are the oldest running Funeral Home in Palmerston North

Our History

Founded in 1879 as Thomas and Griggs & Son Ltd, The Lychway Funeral Home is Palmerston North’s oldest funeral home. After four generations of family ownership, and more than 100 years of credibility. The Lychway Funeral Directors took its current form when the business came out of corporate
ownership and back into a family owned and operated funeral home.

The Lychway Funeral Directors Limited was formed in May 2011 as a 100% locally owned and operated business. Graeme and his team are proud to continue the traditions of this business whose foundations were set so many years ago by Thomas Griggs.

Our History
Our History
We are the oldest running Funeral Home in Palmerston North

Our History

Founded in 1879 as Thomas and Griggs & Son Ltd, The Lychway Funeral Home is Palmerston North’s oldest funeral home. After four generations of family ownership, and more than 100 years of credibility. The Lychway Funeral Directors took its current form when the business came out of corporate
ownership and back into a family owned and operated funeral home.

The Lychway Funeral Directors Limited was formed in May 2011 as a 100% locally owned and operated business. Graeme and his team are proud to continue the traditions of this business whose foundations were set so many years ago by Thomas Griggs.

Our History
We walk with you every step of the way.

Code of Conduct and Ethics

We are part of the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand

“A group of caring professionals who are committed to ensuring that the families they serve receive high quality service.”

To see our code of conduct and ethics, click the button below.

Community Involvement
We’re not just here for you, we are here for them too.

Community Involvement

At the Lychway we believe in the importance of community. We work closely with a number of local organisations, including the police, ambulance, fire service and army within the framework of a Youth Offenders initiative by helping teach at risk teenagers to make better life choices.

In 2019 we worked with the other local funeral directors to bring to like ‘Piping for Prostate’, an event that bought together the community to not only raise awareness of prostate cancer but to also raise money for research. We are currently in full support of our very own Andrae to join up and play in the upcoming New Zealand Tattoo. We will be hosting/supporting many events through the year, so watch our facebook page for any news on those.

In the process of working on events and supporting the community, we also continue our efforts to educate the community about the process of death, and welcome the opportunity to speak to various groups in the Manawatu region about this subject.

This is just a small part of our policy of giving back to the community we serve.

Community Involvement
Community Involvement
We’re not just here for you, we are here for them too.

Community Involvement

At the Lychway we believe in the importance of community. We work closely with a number of local organisations, including the police, ambulance, fire service and army within the framework of a Youth Offenders initiative by helping teach at risk teenagers to make better life choices.

In 2019 we worked with the other local funeral directors to bring to like ‘Piping for Prostate’, an event that bought together the community to not only raise awareness of prostate cancer but to also raise money for research. We are currently in full support of our very own Andrae to join up and play in the upcoming New Zealand Tattoo. We will be hosting/supporting many events through the year, so watch our facebook page for any news on those.

In the process of working on events and supporting the community, we also continue our efforts to educate the community about the process of death, and welcome the opportunity to speak to various groups in the Manawatu region about this subject.

This is just a small part of our policy of giving back to the community we serve.

Community Involvement
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