Funeral Costs vs. the Cost of Funeral Insurance
The cost of a funeral comes as a surprise to many people. It’s not until we ring around for quotes or the bills come in, that we often find out just how expensive a funeral can be. Luckily, the shock of funeral costs can be greatly reduced with a simple funeral insurance policy.
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How much does a funeral cost?
According to a 2018 Finder.com.au survey, the average cost of a funeral in Australia is $7,449
. And ASIC’s MoneySmart website sayas funerals can cost anywhere from $4,000 for something simple to $15,000
for something fancier. Costs are estimates only and vary depending on state, and the services and features chosen.
Costs are generally made up of the following:
- Funeral director – also known as an undertaker, or mortician. Funeral directors organise the event and also source suppliers such as florists and the organist. Their fees can vary a lot so it's a good idea to ring around and get quotes.
- Transport – fees depend on the distance and vehicle.
- Coffin or urn – coffins range in price from a couple of hundred dollars (eco recycled cardboard) to hundreds of dollars (basic timber) to thousands for a top-of-the-line casket. Urns are generally not as expensive unless they are customised or made from an expensive material. You might like to supply your own container for ashes.
- Burial site – these vary from simple plots to mausoleums and burial vaults. Check out the cost in your chosen resting place, especially if it’s in a city as graves can be pricey in cemeteries short on space.
- Burial – the cost depends on whether you have already paid for a burial plot. There is generally an opening fee over and above the cost of the grave.
- Cremation Fees
- Other expenses, such as a celebrant or clergy, flowers, newspaper notices, death certificates and costs associated with the wake can also be incurred.