We discuss the most important factors to consider when choosing a cemetery in Australia. This article is provided by Sydney Coffins. Sydney Coffins is a memorial product and funeral provider in Australia, specialising in unique and personalised coffins, and caskets.
Finding a cemetery in Australia can be a difficult task if you don’t know what you are looking for. Sydney Coffins cemetery checklist will help you find an affordable and suitable option for your needs.
In Australia, there are Public, and privately owned cemeteries. Most burials for cremation and burial funerals are finally laid to rest in an Australian Cemetery. When choosing a cemetery we recommend you speak to one of our representatives who can guide you through the process or follow the below checklist to help you make the right decision.
You may also want to read our article- ‘Final Resting Place – Cemetery Burial Plots Explained’.
Before any of the below factors are even considered price must first be addressed. Similar to property prices for residential and commercial land cemetery plots around Australia have also experienced a property boom. Most Australians would be very alarmed by the current prices for cemetery plots prices. Particularly around metropolitan areas such as Sydney, Melbourne, and major cities which has experienced substantial price increases over the past decade.
There are several charges involved to be buried in a cemetery. Ensure you understand and compare all of these charges between cemeteries.
You can prepay for all or part of the final resting place. Just as property prices rise and fall so do funeral plot prices. Buying a funeral memorial plot in advance is an option for all Australians.
Choosing the location of a cemetery largely depends on personal culture, and customs. If it is foreseeable the people will visit the cemetery on a regular or frequent basis then it is ideal to have the cemetery close to family and friends.
If this factor is not as important then a cemetery can be chosen which is further away. Australia is home to many cemeteries and one’s options obviously increase the further out you go.
2. Religion & Culture
Most Australian cemeteries are sectioned into certain segments for different religions and cultures. Contact your local religious organisation and cemeteries for more information on religious plots in cemeteries.
3. Burial resting place or Cremation resting place.
Burial and cremation memorials or final resting places differ. The main difference is the size of the memorial. Cremation memorials are smaller.
Cemeteries have many types of resting place options so ensure you research which particular type of resting place you want.
Australian Cemetery Resting Place Examples:
Below ground resting place Burial Plot for a coffin/s
Above ground resting place – Crypt for a coffin/s, Mausoleum for a coffin/s
Below ground resting place – Garden for cremation urn/s
Above ground resting place – Monumental area for cremation urn/s, Mausoleum for cremation urn/s
Another option is the ability to purchase a larger plot which includes multiple plots. These types of plots are for twin, and family plots. Prices are generally cheaper when multiple plots are purchased at the same time.
4. Compare quotes from different cemeteries
Sydney Coffins can assist you in finding a cemetery as part of the funeral quote or you can take the responsibility of finding a cemetery yourself.
The final resting place can end up being the most expensive component of the overall funeral so it is important to take some time to choose a resting place which suits your needs best. This may involve gathering and compare quotes from several cemeteries.
4. Visit the cemetery
Like anything else you purchase in life, it is always a good option to see anything before you buy it. Cemeteries are happy to show you the plot or memorial space you consider to purchase. Ensure you make an appointment as cemeteries do have working hours like all other workplaces.
When you are looking at the cemetery grounds inspect what you are buying. Does it suit your requirements? Use the opportunity to ask any questions you have before you agree or sign to any agreement.