Average Funeral Costs Australian’s can expect
First it’s best to understand what average funeral costs Australians currently pay right across our country. Funeral expenses do vary, depending on your location or city. For instance, funeral costs in Sydney will be slightly different to funeral costs in Melbourne and the further from the big cities you go, the cheaper funeral expenses generally are. However, you can usually expect to pay between $4,000 and $15,000 for a funeral service, with everything included in these prices.
The prices mentioned above are obviously quite broad and ultimately it will come down to your own financial circumstances and also your own personal preferences. Here we are going to breakdown the costs of a funeral for you, to hopefully, give you a better idea as to what is involved and what you can expect to pay. There are many options that are available to you and your family and options that will fit all budgets and circumstances, so that you can design a funeral service for yourself (if you’re planning your own) or your loved one, with a fitting tribute.
Let’s take a closer look at the breakdown of funeral costs in Australia:
The Services Fees
Funeral home service fees can total $1,500 and funeral home venue hire can cost up to $2,000. Funeral Home Transport costs can also add another $350.
Cremation or Burial
The reason cremations are gaining popularity is the fact that they are much cheaper than burials and depending on your location and your preferences you can expect to pay between $2000 and $6000 for a cremation.
Choosing between caskets and coffins
Costs of third parties
It’s these third party options that widen the price range so much. Just a few extras can really make your funeral costs rise dramatically. Make sure you always have a budget in mind and ask your funeral director what each of the extra options will cost.
Third party options will generally include the following:
The hire of a venue
If you don’t want the funeral in a church for instance.
Member of the clergy fees or Celebrant fees.
Any music group you may want to play at your funeral.
Notices in the newspapers
If you want to let others know of your loved ones passing. This can cost $300.
Any flower arranging costs
Flowers could cost $1000.
Food and Beverages
These can cost roughly $2000. However, these figures will largely depend on how many guests you have to cater for.
Funeral Payment Plans
Prepaid Funeral Plans
How you can cover funeral costs?
Always stay within your budget
Always ask for a quote
Get quotes from many funeral directors
Watch out for added extras
When costing yours or your loved ones funeral, think carefully about every option that’s available and decide on any extras you might want, but always ask for quotes to ensure you know exactly what you are being charged for. Average funeral costs Australia wide are soaring, which is why it’s essential you get the very best price you can, at what can be an extremely traumatic and expensive time. Click here to seek more information of paying for your funeral..