This guide is designed to help you find and choose a funeral celebrant in Melbourne.
A good funeral celebrant should create a funeral service which is warm and loving, which captures a real sense of who the deceased was, and which gives the deceased the goodbye you are looking for.
This guide is intended to help you find the funeral celebrant that best suits your needs. It’s broken down into 4 parts:
- How to use our website to find and compare funeral celebrants in Melbourne
- Why you need to compare Melbourne funeral celebrants
- How much does a Melbourne funeral celebrant cost?
- Other issues to consider when choosing a funeral celebrant in Melbourne
1. How to find funeral celebrants in Melbourne
Gathered Here is a free and independent funeral comparison website. Each month we have over 12,000 visitors searching for funeral services on our website and we have listings for over 70 funeral celebrants in the Greater Melbourne area.
Comparing funeral celebrants in Melbourne is easy:
- Go to www.gatheredhere.com.au/funeral-celebrants/
- Enter your suburb or postcode and click “Compare”
Alternatively, you can go directly to our dedicated search page for Funeral Celebrants in Melbourne.
Tip: When viewing the comparison results, you can filter your results by selecting “Price (Low)” to see the cheapest funeral celebrants in Melbourne, or “Rating” to see the best rated funeral celebrants in Melbourne. You can even filter by language if you’re looking for a funeral celebrant who speaks a language other than English.
2. Why you need to compare Melbourne funeral celebrants
Although your funeral director manages the overall plans for a funeral, it is the funeral celebrant who officiates – or presents – the funeral service on the day. So when you choose a funeral celebrant, you’re picking the person who needs to write and run a funeral service that not only accurately captures the deceased, their personality and their life, but also meaningfully connects with you, your family and other mourners in attendance.
Your chosen celebrant should be someone you feel you can trust, someone you think will respect and honour your wishes, and someone you feel is suitably qualified and experienced to meet your family’s particular needs. You can find more information about what a funeral celebrant does here.
Traditionally, families have just used the celebrant that their funeral director recommended, leaving no opportunity to determine whether that celebrant was the best person for the job. But with the funeral celebrant playing such a key role in the funeral service, it just doesn’t make sense to decide who you’ll use without comparing your available options.
When you use Gathered Here to find a funeral celebrant, you can compare the celebrants in your area by price, customer rating, experience and services. You can look for funeral celebrants offering particular things – such as the ability to officiate the funeral service in a certain language – and read reviews left by other families in a similar position to yours. You can also look at what accreditations a funeral celebrant has.
3. How much does a Melbourne funeral celebrant cost?
We’ve previously written that funeral celebrants in Australia can cost anywhere between $250 – $660. Melbourne funeral celebrants tend to fall at the more expensive end of the spectrum with average fees ranging from $400 – $660.
4. Other things to consider when choosing a funeral celebrant in Melbourne
Before you make a final decision about a funeral celebrant, there are a couple of other things you may want to consider.
Funeral celebrants are usually based in a particular part of Melbourne, but many are willing to travel outside of that region. By default, our comparison site will show you funeral celebrants within a 15km radius of your postcode. If you don’t find your ideal celebrant in your area, consider searching other suburbs for funeral celebrants who travel. Make sure to check whether travel is included in their fee, or if it costs extra.
The main regions serviced by funeral directors in Melbourne and Victoria are:
- Melbourne City
- South East
- Surf Coast
- Mornington Peninsula
- Bellarine Peninsula
Just as it’s important to compare and contrast funeral celebrants, so too, it’s essential to shop around for funeral directors. You want to make sure you’re getting the best service at the best price. You might also want to put your funeral celebrant in touch with your funeral director so they can liaise about funeral plans. You can use our Guide to Funeral Directors in Melbourne to find a funeral director.
Cemetery and crematorium options
Finally, if you don’t already have a family plot, or some kind of affiliation with a particular venue, you may want to think about selecting a cemetery or crematorium in your area. You can find further information about cemeteries and crematoriums in Melbourne in our Complete Guide to Melbourne Cemeteries and our Guide to Melbourne Crematoriums and Cremation Services.
We hope you’ve found this guide to finding and choosing a funeral celebrant in Melbourne helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a comment below.
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