This guide is designed to help you find and choose a funeral director in Melbourne.
It’s incredibly difficult. At one of the hardest times in our lives, we’re required to answer some extremely difficult questions about which funeral director to trust, what type of service to arrange and how much to spend.
This guide is broken down into 3 parts:
- How to use our website to find and compare funeral directors in Melbourne
- A breakdown of prices and reviews of Melbourne funeral directors
- Other key issues you need to consider when choosing a funeral director in Melbourne
1. How to Find Funeral Directors in Melbourne
Gathered Here is a free and 100% independent funeral home comparison website. Each month we have over 8,000 visitors searching for funeral services on our site, and display itemised pricing information and reviews for over 160 funeral directors in the Greater Melbourne area.
Comparing funeral directors in Melbourne is simple:
- Go to www.gatheredhere.com.au
- Select Burial or Cremation
- Select the Type of Service you want
- Enter your Postcode and click “Compare”
Alternatively, you can go directly to our dedicated search page for Funeral Directors in Melbourne.
Tip: When viewing the comparison results, you can filter your results by selecting “Price (Low)” to see the cheapest funerals in Melbourne, or “Rating” to see the best rated funeral directors in Melbourne.
2. Prices and Reviews of Melbourne Funeral Directors
Two key factors to consider when comparing funeral directors are price and customer reviews. There are large variations in price and service levels offered by funeral directors in Melbourne so it’s critical that you do your research and really think about your priorities.
Melbourne Funeral Prices
The cheapest funerals in Melbourne start at $1,695 for a no service, no attendance cremation. For more information on low-cost funerals, read our Guide to Cheap Funerals in Australia.
Compare this to the most costly option in Melbourne which is $6,193 just for the professional services fee. When you then add on the average additional costs (such as a coffin, mortuary care, funeral flowers, celebrant, notices and cemetery fees) you can easily end up in excess of $20,000 for a burial.
To provide some guidance, we’ve set out the average prices for the four main service types offered by funeral directors in Melbourne:
|No Service, No Attendance Cremation (all inclusive price)||$3,461||$1,980||$5,018|
|Single Service Professional Service Fee||$3,625||$2,255||$5,885|
|Dual Service Professional Service Fee||$3,761||$2,290||$6,193|
|Graveside Service Professional Service Fee||$3,508||$1,840||$5,885|
(Note: The averages calculated above are based on 161 funeral directors in the Greater Melbourne area. With the exception of the all inclusive NSNA cremation option, prices only include the Professional Services Fee and not any additional items such as coffin, flowers and cremation / cemetery fees, etc.)
Cheapest Funeral Directors, Melbourne
At the time of publication, for an all inclusive direct cremation, the cheapest funeral directors in Melbourne are:
|1. Fixed Price Cremations||View Website||$1,695|
|2. Cheap Cremations Melbourne||View Website||$1,850|
|3. Carlyle Family Funerals||View Website||$1,890|
|4. Templeton Family Funerals||View Website||$1,900|
|5. Julie Harwood Funerals||View Website||$1,980|
While the idea of a cremation without a service may seem too distant for many families, a growing trend in Melbourne is to combine a no service, no attendance cremation with a memorial service held a few days after the cremation. This keeps costs down but also gives family and friends a chance to properly pay their last respects.
Melbourne Funeral Director Reviews
When it comes to picking a funeral director, a lot of people rely on the single recommendation of a close friend or family member. And while personal referrals are important, the availability of the internet means that families can now access much more information than was previously available.
Funerals are infrequent events and things can change with time, so it’s definitely a good idea to look at more recent reviews (which you can do on our website) even if you do have a personal recommendation. The more 5-star reviews you can find, the more comfortable you can feel about trusting a funeral director with your family member.
Best Funeral Directors, Melbourne
At the time of publication, the best funeral directors in Melbourne based on customer reviews are:
|1. Gardenia Funerals||View Website||5 Stars (37 reviews)|
|2. Julie Harwood Funerals||View Website||5 Stars (10 reviews)|
|3. Greenhaven Funerals||View Website||5 Stars (9 reviews)|
|4. Templeton Family Funerals||View Website||5 Stars (8 reviews)|
|5. Botanical Funerals||View Website||5 Stars (5 reviews)|
3. Choosing the Right Funeral Director in Melbourne
Price and reviews from customers are helpful, but before you make a final decision and meet with your chosen funeral home there are a few more key issues to consider.
Corporate or Family-Owned
You might not know it, but a publicly listed corporation called InvoCare owns 30% of the funeral homes in Victoria. That means there’s a good chance that most of the funeral brands you know are owned by the same company.
InvoCare owns the following funeral director brands in Melbourne:
- White Lady Funerals
- Simplicity Funerals
- Value Cremations
- Le Pine Funerals
- W.D. Rose & Joseph Allison Funerals
- Tuckers Funerals
- Southern Cross Funerals
While not as large, other major funeral companies in Melbourne include:
Choosing between a corporate or family-owned funeral home is a personal question. Corporate funeral homes are often more expensive due to brand recognition and the belief that their services will be of a higher quality. On the other hand, family-owned funeral homes may be slightly more variable in terms of quality of service, but are often more connected with the communities they serve and have more freedom to customise funerals to reflect the desires of the family (rather than being restricted by fixed package options).
There’s no right or wrong answer here. For a full discussion, you can see our Guide to the InvoCare Brands.
Locations and Venues in Melbourne
By default, our comparison results will display funeral directors within a 15km radius of your suburb. However, most funeral directors can service a larger area than this, so if you’d like to see more options you can search suburbs that are further away from your immediate location.
The main regions serviced by funeral directors in Melbourne are:
- North Melbourne
- Eastern Suburbs
- South East Melbourne (including the Mornington Peninsula)
- Melbourne Western Suburbs
Beyond this, some Melbourne funeral directors even travel to Geelong and further inland for their families.
The main things to think about when it comes to a funeral director’s location in Melbourne are: (1) proximity to their chapel/storage facilities if you want a viewing; and (2) proximity to the final service venue if you would like to have a dual service.
Location of Storage Facilities / Chapel
If you want a viewing, it’s important to ask the funeral director where they can hold the viewing. Some funeral directors might have an office location that is close to you, but their chapel and/or storage facility might be in a completely different area. Greater Melbourne is a large area and there are concentrations of mortuary facilities further out from the inner suburbs.
If you have a large family which plans to visit the deceased only to later find out the viewing can only happen in a different region of Melbourne because that’s where the body is being stored, this can be a frustrating experience.
Cemetery, Crematorium and Memorial Park Venues in Melbourne
Lastly, if you would like to have a dual service that starts at the funeral home chapel and then moves on to the crematorium or graveside, you should also think about where the funeral home is in relation to your desired final venue. You don’t want friends and family having to drive long distances to reach the cemetery or crematorium for the final committal ceremony.
The main cemeteries, memorial gardens and crematoria in Melbourne are:
- Springvale Botanical Cemetery
- Altona Memorial Park
- Bunurong Memorial Park
- Templestowe Cemetery
- Lilydale Memorial Park
- Fawkner Memorial Park
You can read more about these cemeteries, including the burial and cremation memorial options they offer, and their on-site facilities, in our Complete Guide to Melbourne Cemeteries.
Often the venue decision is straightforward for families as they may already have a family plot purchased, but if you don’t have a set venue it’s definitely worthwhile to visit a few locations to see what they have to offer. For further guidance, see our guide to Finding a Cemetery in Australia and our guide to Melbourne Crematoriums and Cremation Services.
That’s it. We hope you’ve found this guide on finding and selecting a funeral director in Melbourne helpful. If you’ve found a funeral director and would now like help finding a funeral celebrant, see our Melbourne Funeral Celebrants Guide or go directly to our dedicated search page for Funeral Celebrants in Melbourne. And if you have any questions for us, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a comment below.
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