Costs & options
We know that, in today’s economy, it’s imperative that you know what options are available to you so that you can discuss the merits of each in the privacy of your home. Naturally we’re always here to answer your questions.
TRANSPARENCY IN COSTS
Understanding the costs can help you take control. Some are fixed government charges, but there are areas where you can personalise to suit your budget.
We have put the associated funeral costs in four categories; cemetery burial, cremation, mortuary care and other expenses. These are summarised in the table below. There are no set fees for funerals, but costs can vary.
For a cemetery burial, you would need to pay for a burial site. The cost of grave plots vary depending on your cemetery choice. Labour costs are involved in opening and closing the grave and maintaining it. This is a fixed cost for you if you choose a cemetery burial. Other associated costs which varies, if you choose to have one, is the chapel hire for a funeral service. There’s also a gravemarker which is temporary until a plaque or monument is done. Some people do not request a gravemarker. And finally, the cost or a plaque or a monument varies depending on personal choice.
For anyone choosing a cremation, the cremation fee and a cremation permit is a mandatory fixed cost. The remains of deceased persons can only be cremated if a permit has been issued by a medical practitioner. The associated costs would vary depending on if you wish to witness the cremation, the type of urn to keep the ashes in, and if you want to have an in-ground burial or niche. Like grave plots, the costs of in-ground burial or niche is dependent on your cemetery choice.
For mortuary care, the deceased needs to be transported appropriately, hence a transfer fee is payable fixed cost for this service. The basic preparation of the body is also a fixed cost. By law, bodies need to be disinfected to reduces the risk of the body becoming a breeding ground for bacteria. Temporary preservative and full embalming is variable because it depends if the family wants to have a viewing, and if the body needs to be transported overseas.
The death registration certificate is a legal requirement and a mandatory cost. Other than this, all other expenses varies depending on the service provider or to your own budget. These include a funeral celebrant, funeral service planning fees, the coffin or casket, the flowers and press notice.
We invite you to visit us where we can run you through the different options and variety in funeral accessories, from caskets, coffins, urns to cultural clothing.
To ensure transparency with pricing for funeral goods and services, and in accordance with the Fair Trading Regulation NSW Act, we have created Funeral Information Pricing Disclosure documents which can be downloaded by clicking here