How much does a funeral cost?

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The costs associated with a funeral can vary significantly depending on the choices a family makes.  As a guide, an appropriately conducted funeral may cost anywhere between $5,000 and $12,000.

Funerals are very personal events and therefore each family will make different decisions on the style of service they wish to have. These choices will reflect the personal, cultural and financial needs of a family and can significantly impact on the overall cost of the funeral.

To obtain an accurate cost we suggest you have a face-to-face meeting with us so that all the options can be explained and all costs can be itemised.

What elements can influence the cost? The following are some of items that impact the cost of a funeral:

  • Whether the funeral involves a cremation or a burial. Generally speaking cremation is cheaper than burial, particularly if you need to purchase a new grave.
  • Whether the funeral will be held on a week day or on a Saturday. If it is on a Saturday then additional costs may apply.
  • The cost of burial can also be impacted on whether it is below ground or above ground in a vault.
  • The choice of coffin or casket.  Generally you will have the option to make a selection of coffin or casket, which will vary in cost due to the materials and workmanship.
  • The extent of floral tributes or catering.
  • The length, style and number of death and funeral notices placed in newspapers.
  • Charges made by celebrants and the clergy.
  • Facility charges made by operators of crematoria and cemeteries.
  • Personalising the funeral with items like printed materials or a DVD Tribute.
  • The quality of Funeral Director facilities including hearses, mortuary, chapel and viewing suites.