The cost of a funeral is made up of several elements. Families have many choices when organising a funeral and the costs are reflective of their choices.
Things that will vary the cost are:
- The type of service
- Burial or cremation
- Coffin or casket selection
- Notices in the paper
- Memorial cards & book
- Repatriation or transfer costs
- Offering to clergy or celebrant
- Other personalised options chosen by family
Most funeral directors have a professional service fee.
Items covered in this fee can vary for different funeral directors.
Professional service fees usually cover things such as arranging the funeral, liaising with church and clergy, cemetery and cremations, organising notices to be placed in newspapers, arranging for flowers.
Obtaining the necessary paperwork for a cremation and registering the person’s death with BDM can also be part of the professional services fee.
When a burial service has been chosen the funeral director would also arrange the necessary paperwork for the burial to take place as well as liaising with the cemetery to organise the grave.
If you are unsure of what the professional fee covers and what might be an additional cost, please ask the funeral director to explain any variations.
You should be offered a written estimate for the services that you have chosen and the associated costs.