This guide is designed to help you find and choose a funeral director in Sydney.
We understand. It’s a daunting task. At one of the worst 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 Sydney
- A breakdown of prices and reviews of Sydney funeral directors
- Other key issues you need to consider when choosing a funeral director in Sydney
1. How to Find Funeral Directors in Sydney
Gathered Here is a free and independent funeral home comparison website. Each month we have over 8,000 visitors searching for funeral services on our website, and we have itemised pricing information and reviews for over 240 funeral directors in Greater Sydney.
Comparing funeral directors in Sydney is easy:
- 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 Sydney.
Tip: When viewing the comparison results, you can filter your results by selecting “Price (Low)” to see the cheapest funerals in Sydney, or “Rating” to see the best rated funeral directors in Sydney.
2. Prices and Reviews of Sydney Funeral Directors
Two key considerations for families when comparing funeral directors are price and customer reviews. There are significant differences in price and service levels offered by funeral directors in Sydney so it’s important to do your research and really think about what your main priorities are.
Sydney Funeral Prices
The cheapest funerals in Sydney start at $1,995 for a no service, no attendance cremation. For more information on cost-effective funerals, read our Guide to Cheap Funerals in Australia.
Compare this to the most expensive option in Sydney which is $6,460 just for the professional services fee. When you then add on the average additional costs (such as a coffin, transfer fee, celebrant, funeral flowers, newspaper notices, headstone and cemetery fees) then you’re easily 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 Sydney:
|No Service, No Attendance Cremation (all inclusive price)||$3,800||$1,995||$8,816|
|Single Service Professional Service Fee||$3,577||$1,863||$6,160|
|Dual Service Professional Service Fee||$3,740||$2,060||$6,460|
|Graveside Service Professional Service Fee||$3,405||$2,000||$6,060|
(Note: The averages calculated above are based on 242 funeral directors in Greater Sydney. 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 or cemetery fees, etc.)
Cheapest Funeral Directors, Sydney
At the time of publication, for an all inclusive direct cremation, the cheapest funeral directors in Sydney are:
|1. Value Cremations||View Website||$1,995|
|2. Afterlife Funerals||View Website||$2,295|
|3. Funerals By Matthew Charles||View Website||$2,490|
|4. Monaghan & Gleeson||View Website||$2,500|
|5. Elite Funeral Directors||View Website||$2,558|
While the idea of a cremation without a service may seem too distant for many families, a growing trend in Sydney is to pair a no service, no attendance cremation with a memorial service held several days after the cremation. This keeps costs down but also gives family and friends a chance to properly pay their last respects.
Sydney Funeral Director Reviews
Many people choose a funeral home based on the single recommendation of a family member or a friend. And while word-of-mouth referrals are important, the availability of the internet means that families can now access much more information than was previously available.
Funerals are often far and few between and things can change, 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 positive reviews you can find, the more confident you can feel about trusting a funeral director with your loved one.
Best Funeral Directors, Sydney
At the time of publication, the best funeral directors in Sydney based on customer reviews are:
|1. Funerals By Matthew Charles||View Website||5 Stars (8 reviews)|
|2. Ian J Arthur & Sons Funeral Directors||View Website||5 Stars (7 reviews)|
|3. Jeffrey Bros Funeral Services||View Website||5 Stars (5 reviews)|
|4. Kathryn Breusch – Picaluna Funerals||View Website||5 Stars (5 reviews)|
|5. Affinity Funerals||View Website||5 Stars (2 reviews)|
3. Choosing the Right Funeral Director in Sydney
Price and customer reviews are helpful, but before you make a final decision and meet with your chosen funeral home there are a few more important points to consider.
Corporate or Family-Owned
You might not know it, but a multinational corporation called InvoCare owns 42% of the funeral homes in NSW. This means that there’s a good chance that most of the funeral brands you’ve heard of are owned by this corporation.
InvoCare owns the following funeral director brands in Sydney:
- White Lady Funerals
- Simplicity Funerals
- Value Cremations
- Guardian Funerals
- WN Bull Funerals
- Liberty Funerals
- Allan Drew Funerals
- David Lloyd Funerals
- Universal Chung Wah Funeral Directors
- Hansen & Cole
- Ann Wilson Funerals
There are a number of other companies that own multiple funeral brands in Sydney but not on the same scale as InvoCare.
Choosing between a corporate or family-owned funeral home is a personal question. Corporate funeral homes are often able to charge a premium due to brand recognition and the belief that their services will be of a higher professional quality. On the other hand, family-owned funeral homes may be more variable in quality of service, but are often more connected with the communities they serve and have more freedom to tailor funerals to reflect the wishes of the family (rather than being bound by strict 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 Sydney
By default, our comparison site will show you funeral directors within a 15km radius of your postcode. However, most funeral directors can service a larger area than this, so you might consider casting your net wider and searching suburbs that are further away.
The main regions serviced by funeral directors in Sydney are:
- Sydney Eastern Suburbs
- Northern Suburbs (including the North Shore)
- The Hills District
- The Inner West
- South-Western Sydney
- Greater Western Sydney
Beyond this, some Sydney funeral directors even travel as far as the Central Coast and Wollongong for families.
The main things to think about when it comes to a funeral director’s location in Sydney are: (1) proximity to their storage/chapel facilities if you’re planning on having a viewing; and (2) proximity to the final service venue if you’re having a dual service.
Location of Storage Facilities / Chapel
If you are planning on having 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 much further away. Greater Sydney is a large area and there are concentrations of mortuary facilities in the Hills District.
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 Sydney because that’s where the body is being stored, this can be a source of major frustration.
Cemetery, Crematorium and Memorial Park Venues in Sydney
Finally, if you are planning on a dual service that starts at the funeral home chapel and then moves on to the cemetery or crematorium, you should also consider where the funeral home is in relation to your selected final venue. You don’t want friends and family having to drive overly long distances to reach the cemetery or crematorium for the final committal ceremony.
The main cemeteries, memorial gardens and crematoria in Sydney are:
- Rookwood Cemetery & Crematorium
- Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park
- Castlebrook Memorial Park
- Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery
- Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium
- Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens & Crematorium
Most of the time the decision is simple as there may be family plots or historical attachments to certain venues, but if you don’t have a set venue, it’s definitely worthwhile visiting a few locations to see the grounds and facilities. For further guidance, see our guide to Finding a Cemetery in Australia and our guide to Sydney Crematoriums and Cremation Services.
That’s it. We hope you’ve found this guide on finding and choosing a funeral director in Sydney helpful. 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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