About Us

Nevil Norden

Eternal Funeral Services is the brainchild of Nevil Norden, senior minister and founder of the Living Word Ministries. Through his vision the church now offers a holistic affordable one stop funeral services, second to none, to all members as well as non-members of the church.

His belief that funeral services form a natural and necessary extension to the church’s existing services has open the doors to the creation of a reputable and highly ethical business in the funeral industry.

It also fits in perfectly well with the church’s call of discipleship and compassion for unsaved souls.

Fanie Coetzer

Fanie Coetzer is the senior minister at Living Word, Westerlig (Andeon), where he and his assistant, Marietjie Croukamp, have over years planned and executed more than 600 funerals. They bring vast experience to the table and take overhead control of Eternal Funeral Services.

Ben van der Merwe

Entrepreneur and businessman. Experience in business management, establishment of businesses and business counselling for national enterprises.

Responsible for the entire establishment of Eternal Funeral Services.


Our vision is to, in association with one of the most prominent and reputable ministries in South Africa, Living Word, be change makers in the funeral industry and to offer a holistic affordable one stop funeral service, free of worriers and with strong ethical values, built on the foundation of:

  • CARE

This we will achieve through a network of branches, agency and franchises throughout South Africa.


It is our mission to assist members of Living Word as well as non-members to lay to rest their loved ones with all the love and dignity they deserve and to make their last farewell a memorable one.

It is also our wish to introduce the family and friends to the eternal value of their life – as Christians we live for eternity.