When you’re looking for someone to officiate a funeral, two questions often spring to mind. First, “What kind of celebrant should I use?” and second, “How much does that funeral celebrant cost?”
This article will help to answer those questions by focusing on the two main types of funeral celebrants used to officiate funerals in Australia:
For more general information about funeral celebrants, see How to Find a Funeral Celebrant.
For more information about funeral celebrants in your city, see our city guides:
Civil celebrants usually conduct fairly or completely non-religious funeral services, which include few or no prayers or bible readings. Civil celebrants have greater flexibility in customising a funeral service to the particular deceased.
On the other hand, ministers, priests and other members of the clergy deliver religious funerals which usually follow the rules and traditions of their particular church. These services include prayers, hymns and other religious customs.
We’ve set out funeral celebrant costs below:
|Funeral Service||Customised funeral service||$250 – $660|
|Viewing||Short service to accompany the viewing of the deceased’s body||$200 – $300|
|Prayer Service||Short service with family’s selection of prayers, etc.||$200 – $300|
While each funeral celebrant sets their own fees, those in Victoria tend to be more expensive, while those in Queensland and South Australia are at the cheaper end of the spectrum.
A funeral celebrant’s fee will typically cover:
Funeral celebrants may charge extra for:
You can use Gathered Here to easily compare funeral celebrants. Click here to find a funeral celebrant.
There are various members of the clergy who officiate funerals:
|Christian Denomination||Funeral Officiant|
|Protestant / Anglican / Baptist||Minister|
|Presbyterian / Uniting||Pastor|
The fees charged by a minister, priest or pastor to officiate a funeral usually range from $200 – $350, though some can charge up to $600.
We hope you’ve found this guide to funeral celebrant fees helpful. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or start a live chat by clicking the floating message box in the bottom right corner of your screen.
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