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BY planning your funeral service in ad-
vance you can design and specify the
exact type of service you’d like, so that
your friends and family celebrate you as
And by letting your family know how you'd
like your funeral or memorial service to be, they'll
have less difficult and complicated decisions to
make during a difficult and emotional time.
When faced with having to make funeral ar-
rangements, most people have no prior experience
in organising such an event, and little knowledge
of what to do.
You will need to try to talk to those closest
to you about how you would like to make your
exit because, if you want them to be your advo-
cates, you’ll need their active involvement. Tell
them that if they truly love you they will listen.
Tell them that, when you can no longer speak for
yourself, you will urgently need them to be there
to speak and act for you.
Funeral directors provide a range of services,
allowing you to choose an appropriate funeral that
will be conducted professionally and with dignity.
The role of the funeral director is to assist in every
way possible to ensure the wishes of the family
and the deceased are fulfilled.
The costs associated with a funeral vary due to
the number of choices available, which allows a true
reflection of personal, cultural and religious needs.
A pre-paid funeral is one where the family and
funeral director establish the funeral requisites
and services they wish to contract and pay for
now, for provision at a future date.
When planning a funeral decisions need to be
made on the type of service and its location along
with the content, music, readings, poetry and or-
der of service, whether there will be a burial or a
cremation, the choice of a coffin or a casket, the
selection of funeral notices, deciding on floral
Make it your choice: the ‘coffin or casket’ costs can vary based on the construction and
type, quality, finish and style that has been chosen.
Communication is best: try to talk to those closest to you about how you would like to make
your exit because, if you want them to be your advocates, you’ll need their active involvement.
Pre-plan your funeral for peace of mind
tributes and looking at catering options.
Generally there are five cost components of a
funeral. The ‘professional service’ fees from the
funeral director which include each of the tasks
and services involved in arranging, planning and
conducting a funeral.
The ‘coffin or casket’ costs which can vary
based on the construction and type, quality, fin-
ish and style that has been chosen. ‘Cemetery and
crematoria’ charges which are set by individual
cemeteries and crematoria and will not vary be-
tween funeral companies.
Options to ‘celebrate a life’ may include: visual
presentations, service booklets, thank you cards and
memorial books. Other third part disbursements pay-
able may include newspaper notices, floral tributes,
celebrant or clergy fees, music and catering.
The cost of a pre-paid funeral is fixed, regard-
less of future price increases. A pre-payment of a
funeral does not impact on a pension entitlement,
as it is not subject to an income or asset test.
When organising a pre-paid funeral it is im-
portant family is advised arrangements for a fu-
neral have been made in advance. Copies of the
pre-paid funeral contract should be provided to
members of the family, or filed with the Will and
other important documents.
A pre-arranged funeral is one where the fam-
ily and funeral director establish the funeral req-
uisites and services which they may utilise in the
Information that may be required include: the
contact person after your death, important per-
sonal information including marriage(s), children
and parental details, which will be recorded on a
death certificate. Decisions can also be made re-
garding the location of the funeral service, burial
or cremation options, nominated clergy or cele-
brant to conduct the service, and personal wishes
including readings, pallbearers, flowers, donation
requests and music.
Payment of the funeral is made when the ser-
vice is conducted.
Both of these options can provide peace of
mind and remove the need for a loved one to ar-
range a funeral.
For your own peace of mind, select a funeral
director who is an Accredited Member of the Aus-
tralian Funeral Directors Association (AFDA),
which requires its members to honour a strict
Code of Ethics and Practice.
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