How much does a funeral cost?

Losing a loved one can be a very challenging time and the thought of making a large funeral payment may be overwhelming. This page should help you understand the costs involved in planning a farewell for your loved one when the time comes.

What are the costs involved in a funeral?

At Simplicity Funerals, we offer small simple, meaningful funerals that won’t break the bank. Here’s a guide to give you an idea of the costs involved in a funeral:

Coffin or casket

If you’re planning on having your loved one present at the service then you’ll need a coffin or casket. The key difference between the two is the shape and both come in a range of designs, colours and materials. Prices will depend on the style you choose. 

Professional fees

Your funeral director will usually be with you from the initial meeting through to the service and beyond. They coordinate the service planning, arrange the relevant legal documentation, and liaise with the crematorium, florists and catering.  


You may need to arrange for your loved one to be cared for right up to the funeral service and on their way to a burial or cremation. This involves a team of professionals carefully transporting them throughout their journey.

Venue and service

Whether you hold a service in the funeral home chapel or place that was meaningful to your loved one — there will be costs incurred. You can also choose to hold a viewing to say your final goodbye prior to the service. Things like refreshments and flowers will usually come at an additional cost.  

Burial or cremation

A burial is a more expensive option as it includes purchasing a burial plot which requires interment fees. A cremation is a less expensive option and very common as the family can hold onto the ashes of their loved one afterwards.


After the funeral, you may choose to purchase a plaque, headstone, tree or other monument in a memorial park or place of special significance. Having a place to visit will give your family and friends a place to reflect for years to come.

Why do funeral costs differ?

Funeral costs can vary significantly depending on things like location, the type of funeral service and personal preferences. At Simplicity Funerals, we offer respectful services that aim to keep the costs at a minimum. 


Like with most things, funeral costs can vary based on where you live due to varying business costs in different locations.

Type of service 

The type of funeral service you choose plays a significant role in the cost. There are several options, including traditional funerals with a burial, cremation, and direct burials or cremations. Traditional funerals with all the associated services, such as embalming, viewing, and a graveside service, will be more expensive than simpler options like a cremation.

Funeral provider 

Different funeral homes and providers may charge different prices for similar services. Some funeral providers may offer package deals that can be more cost-effective than selecting individual services. At Simplicity Funerals, we offer affordable packages so that everyone can access respectful farewells – you can view our packages here

Coffin, casket or urn choice

The cost of caskets and urns can vary broadly depending on the materials, design, and quality. Some people opt for more affordable options, while others prefer something more expensive and ornate.

Cemetery or crematorium fees

If you choose burial, the cost of a burial plot and other cemetery-related fees will impact the overall cost. For cremation, the price can vary based on the crematorium used and any additional services, like a memorial service or the purchase of an urn.

Additional services

On the list of additional services are things like flowers, family transportation, audio-visual tributes, guest books, obituary notices, order of service notes and memorial cards.

Cultural and religious ceremonies

Cultural and religious practices may influence the type and extent of funeral services, and the preparations for this type of service could increase the overall cost.

How do you find the best funeral service for your budget?

Finding the best funeral service for your budget can be a sensitive topic to discuss, but it’s essential to make informed decisions during difficult times. Finding a suitable funeral service requires consideration of your preferences and budget. 

Determine your budget 

Get together with your family and start by establishing a clear budget for the basic funeral expenses. Consider your financial situation and what you can afford without causing unnecessary financial strain.

Request a detailed price list

You should always request a price list to have a clear view of itemised costs. At Simplicity Funerals, we will provide you with a detailed price list that outlines the costs of various services and additional extras. We can talk you through everything including the funeral service cost, coffin, casket or urn, transportation and any other additional expenses for your local area.

Consider your preferences

Determine the specific services and features you need or desire for the funeral. Be open to discussing your preferences with funeral directors, and ask if there are more cost-effective alternatives for some aspects of the service. 

Prepaid funeral plans

Some people choose to pre-plan and prepay for their funerals, which can help lock in prices, ease the financial strain on their family and ensure that their wishes are carried out, just the way they want. 

Ask questions

Be sure to ask any questions you may have about the funeral process, including payment options, refund policies, and the timeline for services. Clear communication is essential during this time.

Review and choose 

After gathering all the necessary information and comparing your options, make an informed decision that aligns with your budget and meets your needs.

If you’re ready to begin planning a funeral service, please call us any time or view our packages online. We’re available 24/7.