How much will a Funeral cost?

Key Points

  • Set a budget and have a clear idea of the type of funeral you want before meeting with a funeral director.
  • Request a quote with a breakdown of costs over the phone, so you can compare pricing.
  • Cremation usually costs less than a burial, except when a grave has been pre-purchased.
  • The person signing the contract with the funeral director will be liable for the payment.
  • Check for eligibility for assistance from government services.

Funeral Loans

You should consider the differences between secured and unsecured loans, before you take out a personal loan. Secured Loans Some lenders will only offer personal loans that are secured. Secured loans typically use your house or other assets as security in case you…

What happens if nobody can afford to pay for a funeral?

Destitute Funerals:   This type of funeral applies when a deceased person has no money or assets, and when friends and relatives are unable to pay the cost of the burial or cremation. If you are a relative or friend of a recently deceased…

Financial assistance available

Superannuation:  All Australian citizens or permanent residents with Superannuation are eligible to use their personal Superannuation to pay for a funeral or funeral related services for their immediate family.  It can be a time consuming task though, and there are businesses that provide help to people who…

Paying for the funeral

The person who signs the ‘legal contract’ with a funeral home for the funeral proceedings to take place, is the responsible person.  It is important to understand that the person signing the contract with the funeral home, does not necessarily have to be the Executor…

Three Categories of Costs

There are three main components to the cost of a funeral service. Funeral Director’s Professional Fees  This is the funeral company’s fee for their professional services and use of their facilities, and both the fee and the services/facilities, will vary greatly between companies.…

Set a Budget

Funeral directors’ professional service fees can differ greatly, and funeral directors usually advise they cannot provide a standard or set price for a funeral because each one is unique. It is wise to set a budget and have a clear idea of the type of funeral…