How Much Does A Funeral Cost
How much does a Funeral cost?
Funerals come in all shapes and sizes, and so do budgets. Regardless of how loved your family member was, you still need to be mindful of your budget. Quite often family members are overcome with grief and instinctively want to give their loved one the best service possible. We are very aware of that, but, by the same token, we are not in the business of taking advantage of families by charging exorbitant fees or trying to convince them of things they really don't need or may regret later.
In short, there is no fixed answer to the initial question. We encourage the families we are working for, to view the arrangement process as a menu, of sorts. You get to choose what you do want, and what you don't want. For example, some families are happy to have large funeral notices in the newspaper and some prefer them shorter. Some families prefer the traditional Funeral Service in a church followed by burial or cremation, others may prefer a simple graveside service. Some people may even opt for having no service at all. We advise you of all your options up front then work through the details of each one so you can make an informed choice.
Again, be wary of well meaning friends or relatives 'helping' you. Hearing one persons Aunt's funeral cost $3500 and another's Grandmother's cost $7400 is of no help to you unless you know exactly what each one entailed.
Some contributing factors affecting costs are:
- Burial costs compared with cremation costs. Prices can also vary between crematoriums. Costs also vary between metropolitan and regional areas
- Newspaper advertising costs can vary considerably due to the size of the notice and also the paper in which it appears
- The casket chosen ~ solid timber or veneer
- Catering costs
People often press us for 'an average' cost but, again, what one family considers 'average' may be vastly different from another's.
We will provide you with an itemised written quote.
Visit our page on Funeral Bonds for some helpful information about putting funds aside in advance to pay for a funeral.