UrnsFeatureFuneral costs can be a very confronting item to discuss during an emotional and sensitive time. As a guide funeral costs include three main cost items which need to be considered when planning a funeral:

  • Professional fees
  • Merchandise costs
  • Disbursements

Professional fees for the funeral director take into account their professional services and facilities, overheads and fixed costs, liaising with cemeteries, crematoria, newspapers, florists and other individuals involved with the funeral service. This also includes all facilities and equipment such as transfer vehicles, hearse and professionally trained funeral personnel to plan the service and assist on the funeral day. The funeral home is also available at any hour, day and night to provide support, advice and expertise.

Merchandise costs relate to the choice of coffin, casket or urn. This will also include personal choices such as service sheets, memorial books and other items that may be available from your chosen funeral home.

Disbursements are costs which the funeral director pays on your behalf. This may be for venues, religious or civil celebrants to perform the service, cemetery or crematorium fees, flowers, press advertising or any other service offered by a third party.

It is quite standard that most funeral directors require a deposit prior to the service. There are also a variety of payment terms on offer depending on the individual service provider, including discounts for early payment. Many providers have credit card, EFTPOS and online banking facilities in place, with some offering payment plans but this is very much at the discretion of the provider.

We recommend that you consult your local funeral director to ensure costs are understood, as there are a range of choices available to you and your family. Our members willingly operate under a strict code of ethics and always ensure costs are fully disclosed and explained.