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Costs of a Funeral

You will find Life Celebration Funerals affordable. We are upfront about prices and there are no hidden costs or fees. Call us on 9683 5456 to find out about our prices, or for a quote.

 

The cost of a funeral is divided into four sections:

 

1. Funeral directors fees:

  • Professional service fees
  • Transfer fees
  • Mortuary fees
  • Transportation (if required)
  • Embalming (if required)
  • Any further special requirements

 

2. Coffin or Casket

  • A personal choice for every family from a wide range

 

3. Disbursements, paid by the funeral director on your behalf which include:

  • Cemetery or cremation fees
  • Doctors certificates for cremation
  • Celebrant or clergy
  • Press notices
  • Floral tributes
  • Government death certificate
  • Printing
  • Special requirements

 

4. Goods and Services Tax

  • Yes even in funerals

 

Professional service fee
Professional service fees will vary greatly between funeral homes. They will depend on the size of the funeral company, staff quality, equipment, vehicles, facilities, premises and standard of operation of the funeral company. Our services are listed below, not all families use every item of our services but they are there if needed.

 

Our service fee includes:

  • 24 hours, 7 day provision of service
  • Attendance at the arrangement conference
  • Provision of licensed facilities to Health Department specifications
  • Access to a chapel if required
  • Liaison between all groups required for the conduct of the funeral service namely clergy or celebrant, cemetery or crematorium and any others involved
  • Organisation of either Medical Certificate of Cause of Death or Coroners Order, as well as applicable Cremation Certificates in the case of Cremation
  • Placement of newspaper notices in local, metropolitan or others as required
  • Attending to the registration of the death with the Registrar of Birth Deaths and Marriages
  • Order Certified Death Certificate if required
  • Provision of memorial book and attention to signatures of those in attendance at funeral
  • Ordering and liaison with florists for suitable tributes, if required
  • Provision and usage of licensed mortuary facilities for necessary time before funeral
  • Provision of hearse and bearers in attendance at the funeral
  • Maintenance of all occupational health and safety issues for staff and persons involved in the funeral
  • Liaison with clubs and organisations involved in the funeral, if required
  • Provision of musical equipment if required
  • Liaison for orders of service or memorial cards if required
  • Provision of all necessary equipment for the conduct of the funeral service
  • Provision of Australian Flag for RSL services
  • Attendance to all special requests and family instructions relating to the funeral

 

This is not in to be taken as a complete list, but shows many of the direct services that are provided by the Funeral Director. Our company provides the infrastructure to conduct a funeral service long in advance of a family’s time of need. (NB not all families will require the full ranges of services for all funeral services. Those specific items that can be separated are charged on an at request basis).

 

The Single Service

Occurs when the funeral is held at one location namely at a crematorium, graveside, and church service in its entirety or other location.

The Dual Service

Involves the attendance at the initial service namely, church, chapel or other location and then a cortege to the final place of disposition or in certain circumstances at a later time.  

 

Transfers

Transfer refers to the physical movement of your family member or loved one. There are two transfers associated with the funeral:

  • The initial transfer which occurs from either the place of death (residence or nursing home), hospital or coroners mortuary depending on the circumstances surrounding the death. This can only occur when necessary documentation has been prepared by a Doctor, Registered Nurse or the Coroner.
  • The Day of Service transfer occurs from our funeral home to the church and to the cemetery or crematorium, or directly to the crematorium or graveside if the service is to be at one location. It also includes air or interstate  transfers.

 

Mortuary care

At Life Celebration Funerals we are mindful that the care of the family’s most precious possession has been entrusted to us. All of our staff is acutely aware of our responsibility. In 2006 our policy changed to engage a “best practice” method of mortuary care. All mortuary activities have been increased to highest international levels and are supervised by a qualified embalmer.


Mortuary preparation is discussed and agreed with family members and carried out with the utmost respect. There are three levels of mortuary care and are discussed with the family at the arrangement conference:

  • Essential care, applied to all deceased and involves washing, dressing and preparation
  • Temporary preservation, a partial embalming for the purpose of viewing. Since adopting this practice in 2006 we have always had positive comments by families in relation to their viewing experience
  • Full Embalming (see separate section)

A small cost applied to each of these levels of preparation can be given at the arrangement conference.


Embalming

Arterial embalming is a process where the body's natural circulatory system is used to replace bodily fluids with embalming fluids which will sanitise the body and slow down the body’s natural decay process. It has been used for several thousand years in situations where the body is required to be preserved over time. There is no reason why everybody can’t be embalmed and in certain parts of the world it is routinely carried out in almost all cases.


In Australia Embalming tends to be reserved for the following situations:

  • If the final burial is to be in an above ground vault or tomb
  • If the deceased is to be repatriated overseas for final disposition
  • If viewing is to take place over several days prior to the funeral

The cost and pros and cons of embalming can be discussed with your funeral arranger. Please note that certain religions express prohibit the practice of embalming.

 

Overseas Repatriation

Repatriation is the preparing and shipping of a deceased either to or from Australia for the purpose of a funeral, and for the final disposition of the body to take place in that country. In repatriation many different things have to be considered in the cost, air freight and airline requirements, government regulations and charges, full embalming is usually required, specific requirements in relation to the type of coffin that must be used (this varies from country to country) and legal documentation. Over the years Life Celebration Funerals has built up relations with many overseas funeral homes who can assist in this process. Likewise our expertise can be used to conduct repatriations to or from most overseas countries. Should you be considering this option please contact our head office to discuss specific requirements.


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