Sydney would have to be Australia’s most competitive funeral industry. With more funeral directors per capita than any other city, finding the right funeral director for your family can become an exhausting task. With such a competitive market, funeral costs in Sydney will vary greatly depending on the company you choose, where the funeral is held, and of course the type of funeral service you desire.
The first choice you need to make is whether you want an independent, locally owned funeral home – or one that is a part of a greater network. There are benefits to both, so it is important to consider the the pros and cons of both options. Generally, independent funeral directors have greater flexibility when it comes to pricing. With lower overheads and fewer financial commitments – your locally owned and operated funeral home is a great choice for your budget and your local community. On the other hand, choosing a company that is a part of a large network means you get the support, backing and guarantees that come with doing business with a multinational company. At times, they have access to a greater range of coffins, caskets and urns, and they have the corporate buying power.
The second choice you need to make is are you in need of a cremation or burial? The cost between the two will differ quite significantly, so this choice is an important one to make upfront.
Cremation services have changed dramatically over the past decade. Cremation was simply another option in the final farewell of a loved one. The traditional funeral would be held, and the deceased would be cremated instead of buried. Recently, the cremation has become more affordable and morphed itself into many forms such as direct cremations, no-service-no-attendance cremations, small service cremation and of course the traditional cremation service. Simplifying the memorial service, or even eliminating it entirely has created a new suite of funeral packages that are being offered by funeral directors all over Sydney. The packages that include a simple memorial service (or no service at all) are significantly cheaper than any funeral option we have seen available in the past. The popularity of the direct cremation has grown steeply and this trend is continuing. The starting price for a no-service no-attendance cremation in Sydney is around $3,000. This is substantially cheaper than the traditional style funerals we have seen in the past, costing in excess of $9,000.
There will always be demand for the burial service. It’s more elaborate, it forms a part of many religious groups, and it is the final tradition of lots of Australian families. The cost of a burial will start at around $6,000 in Sydney. The price of the burial will be highly dependent on the cemetery location. If there is a high demand for plots in that particular area, the price of a plot will be higher than areas of lower demand. There are also areas within the cemetery that are more expensive than others, because demand is high and space is limited.
While we can provide you with an idea of prices to expect – the best way to find out how much a funeral in Sydney will cost is to request quotes from local funeral directors. This way they can tailor the quote to your unique situation. Simple additions such as floral arrangements, transport and transfers, decorative items and catering can add significant cost to the final price of the funeral. By clearly expressing which inclusions you would like in the funeral, the type of memorial service (if any) and the location of cremation or burial – the funeral director can give you an accurate funeral price.
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