No Service Funerals

No-Service Funerals

No-service funerals are becoming ever increasingly popular. Families are choosing to celebrate the life of their loved one in a different way. There are a couple of options to choose from when opting for a no-service funeral. These are mentioned in further detail below.

Direct Cremation

What is Direct Cremation? Direct Cremation is a term that has increased in popularity since the Global Financal Crisis. During these times, household finances were tightened and excess spending was reduced. Funeral care was not exempt to this financial tightening. Australian families started to realise that the expenses associated with engaging a celebrant, hiring a venue, arranging catering as well as the transportation costs, all very quickly add up. Some started to find that they could reduce the cost of a funeral by eliminating the funeral service all together.

Direct cremation, or no-servie cremation is when a family chooses not to have a traditional service or ceremony. In it’s simplest form, it is the collection of your loved one, the cremation of their body and the return of their ashes to you. Many families that choose this option have a ceremony or service of their own. This may involve dinner with family and friends, or a couple of drinks by the beach. There is nothing to say that a traditional funeral service is required or necessary in saying farewell to a loved one.

It’s important to understand that there is nothing undignified about the direct cremation. Interestingly they are embraced by some of Australia’s wealthiest families. These families choose celebrate the life of their loved one in a personal and intimate manner. Some of these families even choose not to publish a public notice of the passing.

What is included in a Direct Cremation?

Each Funeral Director will have their own schedule of what is included in quoted fee. While they may not differ by much, it is important that you check with the funeral home of your choice as to what they include. Most packages will usually include;

  • Funeral Director fees. You will find that most funeral directors will include administrative costs in their packages. While additional fees are rare, your funeral director will speak with you about anything unforseen before you make any commitments.
  • Collection and transportation of the deceased. Additional charges may be applied if there are unusual circumstances.
  • Mortuary services such as dressing the deceased. Chosen clothing is provided by the family as well as any special requests such as makeup and other beauty treatments.
  • Arrangement of a Death Certificate, or any other documentation required by state or federal law in Australia. These can vary between states, so check with your chosen funeral director about what documentation is included.
  • A simple coffin or casket is likely to be included. Some families like to upgrade from the standard included in Direct Cremation packages, so you’re not solely stuck with what is offered.
  • Transportation of the deceased to the crematorium, as well as coverage of the cremation costs issued by the crematorium. The date and time of this can be arranged between the family, the funeral director and the crematorium. There will be standard hours included in the funeral directors package, so check for any details.
  • Provision of the ashes. Depending on your location and requests, the ashes can be picked up, securely couriered, or delivered to the family by the funeral director.

Cremation Only

A cremation only is another term used to describe a no-service cremation or direct cremation. Some people may request a small service or church gathering – but most commonly there is a private get-together after the cremation when the ashes have been received. Cremation only is a service offered by a select number of funeral directors throughout Australia. The service is provided without the typical offerings of flowers, fancy caskets and the like. If burial is preferred, a burial only is also an option available to families.

The cost of a cremation only service will vary depending on your location. In Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide a cremation only service will range from $2,500 to $3,500. In Brisbane, Perth an Hobart a cremation only service will range from $3,000 to $4,000. The best way to find out exactly how much this service costs in your area is to request a couple of funeral quotes from nearby funeral homes.

Burial Only

This type of service is not as common as a cremation only service. However for individuals that prefer a burial, this is an option. The cost of a burial plot will remain upwards of $2,000. However the ceremonial costs will be eliminated making this a much cheaper option for those seeking an economical burial. Not all funeral directors will offer a burial only, so it is important that you make contact with a number of funeral homes and confirm the options they offer. If you or your family have already purchased a burial plot, this type of service would be ideal.

Which Funeral Option is Best for Me?

This is a personal question and the answer will depend on a couple of things. The first is; are you allowed to be cremated? Some religious groups do not accept or encourage the cremation of a body. Would you family rather you be cremated or buried? Some families have traditions while others leave the decision entirely with the individual. Another thing to consider is your budget. A cremation only service is generally significantly cheaper than a burial only service. Irrespective of cost or cultural expectations, it is important that you are comfortable with the decision you make.


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