How much does a Funeral cost?

How much does a Funeral cost in Australia?

What does a Funeral cost? That’s a question asked over and over by many people when the time comes to organise a funeral. If you have previously organised a funeral you may have an idea but otherwise it is an unknown quantity. The Funeral Insurance companies tell us in their advertisements that you will need around $15,000 for a funeral, so that is the figure we expect. This is a very inflated price so that you will accept the higher premiums involved to insure yourself to that figure.
We all know how much any other item we wish to buy is but when it comes to a funeral the price will change depending on your emotions and the salesman involved. Yes, the Funeral Director that visits you in your home is a salesman. Some are more unscrupulous than others, especially the big Multi-National company.
The more you pay for a funeral does not denote the quality of the service or guarantee you will receive a good service, after all you may not have anything to compare the service and price to. Paying higher costs for a funeral does not show how much your loved one was actually loved, it shows your vulnerability and lack of knowledge on pricing at the time of need. The same can be said of a cheap funeral, but with us you will receive a fair honest price in a non-pressured environment and receive a Funeral Director that has a proven track record of supplying a quality service.
Choice magazine has written an article with some very interesting pricing facts. The pricing is outdated by approximately 3 years but it will give you some idea of the costs. http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/money/shopping-and-legal/shopping/funeral-costs.aspx
Take the short time to look at our itemised prices and obtain a quote instantly according to your desires. All items are included in our pricing quote, even items that some Funeral Directors do not disclose to you until after the funeral service. These items are usually not made aware to you earlier by some Funeral Directors so that the price quoted will look less than you expect and you may think you have more available money to spend on the service. Look at this ASIC article for some itemised products and services, https://www.moneysmart.gov.au/life-events-and-you/over-55s/paying-for-your-funeral#how Further information on costs are available on Canstar consumer website http://www.canstar.com.au/funeral-insurance/how-much-does-a-funeral-cost/

Funeral Facts

Generally people do not get quotes for a Funeral. Everything else we purchase we tend to get quotes. With everything we purchase we are aware of the price, except for a Funeral. We are told every funeral is different. Correct, but why is the pricing for individual items different?

Would you only get one price if you were thinking of building an extension worth around $8000? Would you tell the builder to build  you something nice, something that will suit your needs. No you wouldnt, but building is generally an unemotional time.

You would ask for quotes, you would want to know the price upfront.

Due to the nature of grief, it is proven we generally use the first Funeral Director we contact. We tend to accept their price and suggestions without questioning. We dont want to go through the whole process of requesting quotes or prices at this time of vulnerability.

The Funeral industry is largely unregulated, yes there are laws regarding some actions like health and safety, and WH&S. It is mostly self regulated by “codes of conduct”

A very large section of the industry is owned by one multinational that sells itself as Australian by being on the Australian Stock Exchange. This is a monopoly on the industry that is being closely watched by the ACCC and we feel they are misleading the public by stating that they are Australian owned. You will be well overcharged by their trained salesmen so they can continue to make large profits each year for their shareholders, including the shares held by the directors of the company.

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