More on the high cost of funerals; according to an article in Better Homes and Gardens "The funeral industry makes a whopping $2 billion dollars in revenue every year. The average cost of a funeral has been steadily increasing over the past 10 years and has now reached a level where many families need to make smart decisions to keep funeral expenses under control and affordable. A hard thing to do when the average funeral cost can vary significantly, swaying from $4000 to $15,000 according to ASIC, but currently sitting at a median price of $19,000."
The article goes on to tell consumers to be careful
When getting a quote from a funeral director, be prepared to get a very board (sic) ballpark figure, anywhere between $4000 and $8000. According to funeral home online comparison site Gathered Here, this figure only includes services that are payable to the funeral director, it does not include a headstone or cemetery fees.
When it comes to cemetery fees, you have to pay for ‘right of internment’ and an ‘internment fee’. The cost for ‘right of internment’ in places such as Sydney can start at $4000 but can increase up to tens of thousands of dollars depending on location. The cost of internment fees is influenced by the current cost of land. Internment fees range from $1500 to $3000. Sometimes you also need to pay for a grave liner, which is $500 to $1000.
It’s okay to shop around
While many funeral directors will put pressure on families to spend big to honour their loved ones, a dignified funeral needn’t use up an family’s entire life savings. While there are mandatory costs associated with death care, there are options you can opt out of, and choices you can make that will change pricing. Ask for an itemised price list from each funeral director before choosing to use their services. Keep in mind things such as condolence books and death notices aren’t as relevant today thanks to electronic communications and social media, and the cost of a hearse can be replaced by having an early coffin transfer in another form of transport such as a van.