Many factors affect the cost of a funeral. Costs can vary depending on what you would like to achieve. Some typical costs that you will incur when arranging a funeral include;
- Funeral director fees
- Coffin or casket
- Death certificate/
- Medical/doctor certificates
- Burial/cremation fees
- Cemetery Interment Right fees
- Other expenses, such as a celebrant or clergy, flowers, newspaper notices and the wake
The role of a funeral director is to advise and assist you in planning a funeral service that is most appropriate for you and your family.
There are some decisions that you will need to consider including;
- Choosing between a burial or cremation
- Venue and time of the service
- Catering and beverage requirements
- Who will conduct the service (celebrant, clergy or family member)
- What sort of coffin or casket is appropriate
- Videos and photos
- Anything else you think may make the service for your loved one special
There are numerous benefits to pre-planning your funeral and cemetery arrangements. Pre-planning provides an opportunity to relieve some of the emotional and financial stress that is associated with the loss of a loved one. Additional benefits include;
- financial sensibility because you can fix the price of your funeral and cemetery costs at today’s prices
- allows for choice including the ability to choose your desired burial or memorial position
- your exact wishes are made known
- under current legislation any money spent on pre-paying funeral expenses is exempt from asset and means testing
- you can choose your preferred funeral director
- pre-planning reassures you and your family, and protects your family from unnecessary stress during a difficult time
A pre-paid funeral is a funeral purchased in advance. The type of funeral you want is recorded in an official contract and paid in advance at today’s prices. No additional costs will be incurred regardless of how far in the future the funeral is required. However, some pre-plan/pre-paid funerals do not include the costs associated with cemetery arrangements, and it is important to consider this aspect of your funeral.
Anyone is eligible to take out a pre-plan funeral and cemetery arrangement regardless of age of state of health. Some common questions to consider when pre-planning are:
- Is your preference for a cremation or burial,
- Do you have a preferred funeral director
- Do you have a preferred venue for your service
- which grave location would you like,
- what type of memorial would you prefer
Deciding between a burial or cremation is a very important decision. Religious and cultural beliefs can play an important part in this decision. Some religions do not approve of cremation.
Historically burial was the preferred option over cremation, however approximately 70% of people choose cremation over burial.
As cremation is an irreversible process, it is important that your family are aware of your preference between cremation and burial.
There is a difference between a coffin and a casket. It is the shape that differentiates the difference between the two. A coffin is wider at the shoulders, narrower at the head and feet, where as a casket is rectangular and generally has a hinged lid. There are many options available for the type of casket or coffin you would like including personalised coffins decorated with images of the life of your loved one. A funeral director can assist you in choosing the best coffin or casket that pays tribute to the life of your loved one.
A natural burial is also known as a green burial and is another alternative to traditional burial practices. Families choose a natural burial because it is considered an environmentally friendlier option that gives back to the earth, is less toxic and utilises less resources in comparison to traditional methods. The objective of a green or natural burial is to ensure that the burial site is as natural as possible this includes;
- Placing your loved one in a biodegradable coffin ie cardboard, or shroud
- No embalming of your loved one
- Whilst some cemeteries allow for a monument, generally natural burials do not encourage personalising the grave site with a permanent memorial.
It is possible to bury more than one person in a grave. Generally at Centennial Park standard sized burial positions can accommodate up to three people, however each grave type is different so it best to speak with one of our team members about your needs.
Personal mementos may be buried with your loved one, however you should discuss this with your funeral director to ensure the items will not be a potential hazard and approval is received from Centennial Park.
While many families choose to memorialise within the gardens at Centennial Park, some families choose either to scatter or keep the ashes at home. For more information regarding scattering options please click here.
A memorial is a place that family and friends can visit their loved one for many generations to come. Memorials play an important part in the grieving process as it provides a tranquil personalised space especially set aside for friends and families to continually visit. Centennial Park provides a wide range of memorials varying from traditional rose gardens to contemporary boulders. Click here to download memorial booklet.
Out of dignity and respect for your loved one we only cremate one person at a time in each of our cremators. Additionally, the size of our cremators does not permit for more than one coffin to be placed into the cremator; therefore one person is cremated at a time.
Further to this, Centennial Park has strict quality control measures and checking points in place throughout the cremation process. Each coffin is identified and identification labels are placed on the outside of the cremator once the coffin is placed into it. The label is only removed from the cremator when the ashes are transferred to a cooling area and the identification label is placed with the ashes. All ashes are kept separate throughout the cremation process.
Many factors affect the time it takes to cremate a person, including body mass and the materials from which the coffin is manufactured, however the average time for an adult cremation is 1.5 – 2 hours. The complete process from insertion into the cremator to cooling and internment of the ashes ready for can take up to 4 hours.
Under the Burial and Cremation Act 2013, burial and memorial sites carry a limited tenure meaning that the Interment Rights for burial and memorial positions are issued for a set period of time. The site may be reused once an interment right has expired. Each cemetery has its own operating policy with regards to renewals and any costs associated with renewals.
Centennial Park however, also offers to option of perpetuity.
Yes, Centennial Park provides the option of perpetuity. A perpetual Interment Right allows the Interment Right holder to either bury or place ashes in a particular site and be left undisturbed forever. At Centennial Park perpetual Interment Rights are available for all existing and future Interment Rights. For more information on Perpetual Interment rights click here