G Barrell & Sons | Simplicity Funerals Christchurch

G Barrell & Sons in Christchurch have been working with Canterbury families for over 140 years.

Originally advertising in 1876 as an “Undertaker providing a Hearse” the business has been through many positive changes over the years, and in 2013 co-branded with Simplicity Funerals.

Today, Mark Glanville, who has over 25 years experience in New Zealand funeral service, leads our team of qualified funeral directors. We pride ourselves on the very high level of service we provide and are mobile funeral directors, so we can come to you, which can make organising a funeral just that little bit easier. We firmly believe that a funeral should be an affordable and simple experience – while being respectful and compassionate.

We can conduct funeral services in any venue of your choice, whether it is at the Canterbury or Harewood Crematorium Chapels, your home or church..or some place quite different and personal.

Our team can give advice on headstones and monuments, and guide you through pre-planning funeral options – just ask us. Whatever your needs, we will look after you with care and compassion so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

(03) 379 0196
Canterbury Wide
Corner Gasson & 58 Coleridge Streets


Simplicity Christchurch


Our Team

Mark Glanville

Mark has been involved with the funeral industry since 1991 and is fully conversant with all aspects of the funeral industry. He was awarded FDNZ Award in funeral directing Certificate 1995.

Mark is married and lives just outside of Christchurch on a 10 acre block  with his wife Olwen.  Their interests there are hobby horses with Olwen being the rider!  Mark enjoys white baiting during the season at the Ashley river mouth and pottering around on the land at home creating gardens and general lifestyle block work. Mark and Olwen have been enjoying weekly Salsa dancing lessons. Mark also belongs to Toast Masters which is giving him more confidence and skills for talking to groups about funerals grief and empathy.

Mike Chandler

Mike’s journey into the funeral industry began in 2002 as the result of a very good church colleague dying unexpectedly at a young age. Mike has historical ties with the Salvation Army, where he and his family regularly worship, so there has always been a passion around helping people. Mike knows that it is a real privilege to help people at the time when a loved one dies, and is committed to doing as much as he can to help ease that pain. Mike is married to Trish, he has two lovely adult married  children, and three very special grandchildren.

Nick Allwright

Nick is passionate about the funeral industry having first joined as a Funeral Directors assistant in 2017. He made the move across to Simplicity Funerals in August 2019 and brings with him a fresh perspective into funeral service.
Nick is married and lives in Halswell with his wife Kimberley, and their two young children, daughter Laura and son Taylor. Nick and his family attend church at Grace Vineyard West Campus, where Nick serves as a musician. Nick has a huge passion for music and has been crafting his passion of playing guitar and drums for over 20 years. A large reason for Nick choosing to work at Simplicity Funerals was the opportunity to journey with families at a hard point in their lives and offer support, empathy and guidance through this time. Nick looks forward to progressing in his new role as a Funeral Director.