see FUNERAL COSTS)
S mentioned in our Funeral Costs section, it is
unlikely that anyone can undertake a funeral for
less than $1000.
minimum cost and this would apply outside
major population areas would be in the
$1500 to $2000 range.
State will dispose of unclaimed bodies for
a lesser expense, but this is not an option available
to the general public. Also, what used to be called
a paupers funeral in an
unmarked grave, is no longer practised.)
is open to anyone to ask a funeral director
who has their their own funeral home premises,
or is unattached how much they
would charge for a no-frills funeral.
And the quote offered would probably
open to negotiation, if not bargaining.
this is contemplated, then those asking for the
no-frills-quote would stipulate that they wanted:
Transfer of the deceased to a mortuary in the
care of the funeral director chosen
All necessary paper-work and other legal requirements
taken care of
The cheapest cardboard or similar casket provided
No viewing of the deceased
Transport to a convenient crematorium
No attendance at the crematorium or funeral service
Disposal of the ashes by scattering in the crematoriums
would be made probably by way of a 50% deposit,
and the rest on the completion of the funeral.
a metropolitan context, this should be available
for around $2000, give or take a few hundred dollars
(if not, shop around).
some might want what is called a minimum
funeral or base-cost funeral.
too, should be readily available on request. As
an example of one such funeral option,a NSW-based
funeral company currently offers a $2900 no-frills
package that includes:
Pick up and transfer to a public mortuary
Preparation of the body for cremation (or burial
though that option costs more)
Transfer to a crematorium or cemetery chapel in
a funeral vehicle (hearse)
Opportunity for an informal ceremony
Cremation or burial (no graveside attendance)
All documentation taken care of
All crematorium and funeral directors fees
(cemetery plot, etc, fees extra)
Opportunity for mourners to gather afterwards
particular firm offers, as other funeral directors
also do, extra services and specific additions
(such as flowers) on a quoted-cost basis.