You may have noticed that the price of funerals in Australia can range quite dramatically – there could be hundreds or even thousands of dollars in cost difference from one provider to the next. This can be confusing for families going through the funeral organising process; when looking for a funeral to honour the life of your loved one, do you have to accept a drop in quality when you opt for a more affordable option?
In this guide, we’re discussing why there are such differences in price range, and how you can find a funeral provider that’s right for your budget and your family.
Why are some providers cheaper than others?
One major reason some funeral services cost more than others is due to the nature and size of the company. Larger, corporate organisations tend to house CEOs, boards and multiple location sites have more overheads compared to independent and family-owned funeral companies, who are able to pass on these savings to the families of the recently passed.
In this industry, price is rarely a reflection of quality. You can choose an affordable funeral that is just right for the person who has died, because it’s unlikely that they would have wanted you to struggle to pay for something you can’t afford. Try not to feel as though it’s disrespectful to take costs into consideration when choosing a funeral provider.
How to choose a funeral provider
When cost is important, but professional support from a reputable business matters too, there are some steps you can take to make sure you find a funeral provider that is right for you and your family.
- Do your research ahead of time and speak to the company directly. Call funeral providers near you to discuss your budget and requirements.
- Shop around to get a feel of who you’re comfortable with and who you think best matches your expectations during this sensitive time. Get at least two quotes and ask for a breakdown of the cost, so you know exactly what’s included.
- Ask any questions you like. The process can seem overwhelming – since it’s not something we do very often – so discuss any details related to preparations and processes on the day.
In short, a higher bill doesn’t equal a better funeral. Things like the words you say and the music you play can be much more meaningful than expensive cars and coffins. The most important thing is that you make the day unique to your family, and you work with a funeral provider that understands your wishes and provides the guidance you need during this time.
Instant, transparent pricing from Affordable Cremations
Affordable Cremations and our sister site, Personal Farewells funeral planner, offer simple, affordable options for people across New South Wales. Our prices are always transparent with no hidden costs, and we’re able to provide a quote online instantly. Check our website or give us a call on 1300 95 95 35 for a quote or to discuss your options and wishes with us.