1.Get quotes for a resting place and consider a resting place outside of urban areas
Final resting places are a huge expense to Australian Funerals. Especially in urban areas.Just as property prices have skyrocketed over the past decade in cities like Sydney and Melbourne. So has the price for ‘space’ in cemeteries. Cemetery allotments are priced similarly to property prices. The closer to the city the higher the prices, the larger the space the higher the price. When it comes to purchasing a final resting place it is important to consider who will be frequenting the location, what are their beliefs.
2. Choose a basic Coffin or Casket
Choose a basic coffin or a casket. Prices for basic coffins and caskets start from $600.
3. Manage parts of the funeral yourself
There are many parts of the funeral which you cannot do. For example the mortuary. Therefore it is important to respect and let professionals in the industry carry out these roles. However, there are personal touches and elements of a funeral which you can research and do yourself.
For example. You can find and purchase the flowers, the catering if required, the casket or coffin, the urn, the stone mason, the picture frame.
These can be done to reduce costs and so you have a greater personal input for a loved one. Many people are too emotional stressed to take on some roles but some people find it comforting and assist in them during a hard time.
Our packages page provides a discount when customers buy a coffin or casket with flowers.
4. Depending on your beliefs and faith. Cremation funerals are cheaper than burial funerals
Depending on your personal beliefs and faith cremation funerals are cheaper because the final resting space is smaller and there this price is less.
5. You can choose a NO Service, NO attendance funeral
The administration fee is basically the time and effort a funeral home/director charges for their time in organizing a funeral. Similar to a wedding planner their fees vary. It is a fee which obviously should be charged as it is their time, experience, effort however it is up to the market to make a decision on how much they are willing to pay for this.
These funerals start at $1500.
6. Arrange a service after the burial or cremation
Administration of a funeral is the largest expense. If you are capable of arranging a gathering for a loved one in your house or hiring a hall you can choose a no service or attendance funeral.