The main components in the cost of a funeral are:
Coffin, Casket or Urn
The difference between coffins and caskets is simply the design – coffins are tapered at the head and foot, and are wider at the “shoulders”. Caskets on the other hand are rectangular in shape.
Our preferred service providers offer a large and varied selection of coffins and caskets to meet the needs of all - from simple veneered particleboard to solid or carved timber to metal caskets, which are air and water-resistant, to completely personalised options via LifeArt.
An urn is a covered container of wood, metal, pottery or other material used to store the cremated remains - the ashes.
Prices vary according to quality of materials, design and construction.
Funeral Director Fees
The following services are the Funeral Company’s fees and will be fully explained and documented by your Funeral Director:
Facilities and Equipment - availability and use of equipment including:
Burial or Cremation
Burial: Involves the purchase of a gravesite or crypt, the right of interment, opening/closing fees and maintenance. This is normally purchased from the cemetery with the assistance of a Funeral Director. Costs will vary depending upon the cemetery.
Cremation: Involves the cost of conducting the cremation, preparing the cremated remains and at most crematoria, a hire fee for the chapel. The funeral director make these arrangements for you. The crematorium will contact you to arrange for memorialisation or collection of the cremated remains.
Memorials consist of a large variety of choices such as plaques, headstones or monuments and cost will depend upon individual budget, selection of burial, cremation or crypt and any religious considerations. As with funeral arrangements, your funeral director can organise contact with the Cemetery or Crematorium to purchase a memorial.
The person responsible for paying the funeral account is usually the one who signs the authorisation for the funeral to be conducted. A prepaid funeral plan will eliminate or reduce costs at the time of arranging a funeral, depending on the type of contract.
If you wish to discuss funeral costs in more specific detail, please feel free to contact us. We are always available for advice and there is never any obligation on your part.