The cost of every funeral is different depending on what options you choose. We do have a funeral calculator that can help estimate burial costs and give you a general idea. Again, for most people the best route is to use an experienced funeral director that knows the ins and outs of funeral costs and can help walk you through it step-by-step, and can help explain any costs you may not understand. Any cost paid to a funeral director is well worth it because of the tremendous help they are in planning and executing a funeral. That of course is assuming you use a good, experienced and honest funeral director. Most of their fees are standard for either a burial or a cremation. A good funeral director is also worth their weight in gold because they understand the differences between different religious ceremonies. And they usually can help you with all of the small details that you never knew you’d need to worry about. They can help you navigate all the different plot options and will have a good idea of what is and is not customary in your area.

Arranging a Burial at Church - Burial Costs

Death certificates are required, as proof of death and you will need a certificate of burial. Here is another instance where it’s handy to have a good funeral director on hand instead of trying to plan it alone. Grief has a way of making things seem harder or more stressful than they may otherwise be. If you are going to plan a funeral in a church you will need to contact the religious representative or celebrant and you will also need to contact the cemetery to arrange for burial. Some of the information you will need to supply is the death certificate, name, age, and address of the deceased, the date and time of the funeral itself (can also be at the mercy of the church’s schedule), this also includes details such as burial location, plot, coffin to be used, details of the person in charge or arranging the funeral and of course the grave number. Again, if you are using a funeral director, they should be able to help you with all of this.

Variances in The Burial Service - Burial Costs

There are some different options for a service. The most traditional is the traditional funeral service that’s usually held inside a church, place of worship or building. There is also a memorial service and a burial service. A memorial service might happen weeks, months or years later after a death. Usually people gather at the actual burial plot. For example, there may be a small memorial service at the gravesite for a loved one on the one-year anniversary of their death. If you do choose to do a service at the gravesite take into consideration the weather, and you may want to make sure there are chairs available for those in attendance. It is also common to have flowers arranged at the site and a podium for speakers. Some people prefer having seating at a gravesite because it offers closure to watch a coffin lowered into the ground. Again, its all a matter of personal preference. It’s not unusual for a speaker to provide some words of comfort or a eulogy. It’s a moment of great reverence to watch a coffin be lowered. It is also common for attendees to want to scatter flowers or soil on top of the coffin as a way to pay one last respect to the deceased. 

How do i ensure a good burial service? - Burial Costs

There are many things that need to be considered when planning a funeral. A good funeral director will arrange these things for you, but here are some additional things to consider. You will need to register the death and obtain a death certificate, and a certificate for burial. Without these two items, a burial is not possible. It should be noted however, that in the case of a coroner being involved, an Order for an Interment (burial in a plot or tomb) would be issued instead.

When there is a Will present, it can help take a lot of guesswork out of what the wishes of the deceased were. When a Will is available, it’s customary to try and stick to the wishes of the deceased whenever possible. However, we should mention, there is no legal binding directive to carry out any such wishes. Do the best that you can, but you won’t always be able to carry out all wishes all the time. Ultimately the decision will be up to you and you will have the final say in what happens. Sometimes it’s just financially impossible to carry out every wish the dying had.

Can i get financial help with my Funeral Costs? - Burial Costs

Many communities or councils will offer financial support. In recent years, it’s been more and more common to see pages set up for the funeral cost of someone on a funding website, or often times communities or friends and family will come together and make donations to help ease the burden of carrying final expenses for someone else. Also, check with your providers to see if they offer discounts on prepaid plans, or you can choose monthly payments spread out over time so that you don’t feel so overwhelmed with financial pressures.

Do i need a Headstone? - Burial Costs

Most people don’t realise that there is no law stating that you have to have a headstone. Granted, it’s customary and tradition. it also helps mark someone’s final resting place and gives the friends and family of those who have died a specific place to come visit, sit, reflect, grieve, and talk to their loved one. Headstones are a beautiful way to mark someone’s final resting place. Most people will arrange and pay for a headstone several months after a burial. It can take time to choose what exactly to put on a headstone, and to make the headstone. Also, it usually requires time for the gravesite ground to settle before gravestones can be placed. It’s pretty typical for a headstone to take 6-12 months to be chose and laid. Again, do what feels right for you and when you are ready.