Just as the cost of a funeral varies, so does the cost of cremation. Although the process of cremation may be more affordable than a traditional burial, there are other costs to consider that may be paired with cremation. Generally, the cost of cremation is less than a burial and a funeral director can help you navigate the costs of either option.
How much does a cremation cost?
The average cost of cremation differs by State within Australia. On average, the cost of a cremation ranges between $600 and $1,500. It is important to remember that this cost is only for the cremation itself and you will need to allow for other fees.
Fees associated with a cremation:
- The cost of the cremation being conducted
- Vehicles and transfers
- Mortuary care
- Preparing the cremated remains
- Memorialisation and location
- Funeral Ceremony and location hire
- Funeral director
This will be part of the cremation process and included in fees of a crematorium. Speak to your funeral director to understand crematorium pricing.
Memorialisation & Location Costs
Urns are a wonderful way to memorialise your loved one. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. For an urn to be considered appropriate for cremated remains, it must have a lid. Prices vary and can range between $100 and $500. For a full range of memorial urns download our booklet. Memorials can also be traditional plaques and headstones all the way through to full scale monuments, trees, gardens or even benches. These fixed memorials are advised to be organised with the memorial park that you would like to hold the item and costs will vary.
When arranging a cremation with a memorial service you can except some extra costs such as transportation and location hire. You may also like to include a celebrant, music & digital display, order of service booklets, online and newspaper announcements of the service and flower arrangements. A funeral director can assist with the planning and costs of each of these.
Funeral Director Costs
Funeral director fees will vary by funeral director both in price and exactly what is covered. Make sure you check with your chosen funeral provider exactly what is covered by their fees. Generally, they will include fees to cover organising documentation, coordinating the service, care and preparation of the deceased, transportation of the deceased and liaising with clergy, newspapers, florists etc.
Overall, the cost of a cremation varies depending on what sort of ceremony is planned and what inclusions are chosen. Funeral directors are a great source of knowledge and experience in helping guide you through the celebration that is right for you and your loved ones.
For ideas on memorial urns we have created a comprehensive booklet to find a memorial style to suit you and your loved ones.