If you haven’t arranged a funeral before, it can be a daunting task trying to understand funeral cost components and your options. One of the difficulties is that funeral directors will often package up and break down their prices differently, making it tricky to understand and compare funeral costs. To solve this problem, at Gathered Here we use a uniform and standardised method for displaying prices lists so that families can research and compare funeral home costs line by line.
In this article, we will break down the major cost categories for the services and goods that make up a funeral and provide a rough itemised guide on how much you can expect to pay for each of these essential services.
The three main categories of funeral costs are: (1) professional services fees; (2) the cost of additional services; and (3) third party costs.
Professional services fee
A funeral home’s professional services fee covers the basic services required for arranging, planning and carrying out the desired funeral and the overhead costs associated with those services. The amount of the professional services fee will usually vary according to the type of funeral service sought (i.e. single service, dual service, graveside service, no service / no attendance) as different services require more labour and planning than others.
To learn more about the different types of funeral services available, see our Guide to Planning a Funeral Service.
What is included in a funeral director’s professional services fee will vary from company to company, so it is important to understand the inclusions and exclusions. Generally, the following are included (and if they are not, you should enquire about the additional cost for those services):
- Guidance, expertise and care from staff
- Transfer of the deceased from the place of death
- Mortuary care and storage of remains
- Provision of all necessary staff and hearse on the day of the funeral
- Registration of death with the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages
- Filing of any other necessary paperwork
- Coordinating and making arrangements with the chosen cemetery or crematorium
- Arranging a celebrant
- Arranging flowers, caterers, musicians and other third party services
- Placement of death and funeral notices in newspapers
Additional services are services that are not strictly necessary to carry out the funeral but are (common) services that can be offered by the funeral home. The following are common additional services. (Please note that some of these costs may be included by the funeral director in their professional services fee.)
- A viewing or wake at the funeral home chapel (often charged hourly with different rates for viewings outside of business hours)
- Use of the funeral home chapel for the funeral service
- Cosmetic preparations of the body
- Additional fees for non-local transportation of the deceased
- Funeral cars, coaches or limousines to transport family on the day of the funeral
Third party fees
Third party fees are payable for goods and services not provided by the funeral home (i.e. provided by third parties). Depending on the type of funeral sought, some of these fees may be mandatory. Common third party fees include:
- Cemetery or crematorium fee
- Celebrant or clergy
- Musician or vocalist
- Venue hire
- Death and funeral notices
- Registered death certificate
- Cremation certificate
- Memorial books
- Thank you cards
- Orders of service
- Monument or grave marker
Some funeral homes may charge families the “at cost” price for these items, while others may add an additional fee for arranging and coordinating these goods and services.
Average Funeral Home Prices
To help give you an idea of funeral prices, we have set out price ranges for the most common professional services, additional costs and third party fees.
|Professional Services for No Service, No Attendance Funeral||$1,500 – $4,000|
|Professional Services for Single Service Funeral||$2,500 – $5,500|
|Professional Services for Dual Service Funeral||$2,700 – $6,000|
|Professional Services for Graveside Service||$2,400 – $5,400|
|Transfer of the Deceased||$200 – $360|
|Registration of Death||$60|
|Celebrant, Priest or Clergy||$280 – $650|
|Right of Interment||$1,500 – $52,000|
|Interment Fee||$1,500 – $4,000|
|Cremation Fee||$570 – $1,200|
|Coffin or Casket||$595 – $15,000|
For city averages and pricing guidance, refer to our city specific guides:
- Funeral Director Prices Sydney
- Funeral Director Prices Melbourne
- Funeral Director Prices Brisbane
- Funeral Director Prices Adelaide
- Funeral Director Prices Perth
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