Choosing a funeral director
There are dozens of funeral directors operating in Melbourne, and they offer a very wide range of services and prices. The “Traditional” family owned companies, and the international “Corporate
Chains”, can offer every service. The “low-cost” companies usually only offer limited services. The cheapest services start at less than $2,000, the standard price is $4000-$7000 (sometimes twice
that for the big corporations), and expensive services cost tens of thousands of dollars.
The ‘traditional’ Australian family owned companies, whether single premises or chains, set up to provide ‘full-service’ funerals. They have all the necessary chapels and facilities
to provide for every possible need, and most options like viewings of the deceased, Rosary’s, cars and limousines for the family, and other extras are included in their standard service fee. Many of
them allow you to pay the funeral off over several months. Their price ranges from very low to very high depending on the company. It is wise to get more than one quote.
The ‘corporate chain’ is a recent American concept in Australia, and many
famous old Victorian funeral parlours are now subsumed into these international conglomerations. They provide a full range of services, usually with good quality control, but cost cutting sometimes
involves over-centralization of resources, which can affect their service levels. Instead of all-inclusive prices, they will often sell everything separately: a “will you have handles with that
coffin” approach. Regardless of their quoted starting price, they almost inevitably finish up well above average in total cost, so always get more than one quote.
The ‘low-cost’ companies are another recent concept, this time an Australian idea. They assume that you want a simple service with a minimum of fuss, such as a Single Service, or
even an Unattended service; and their advertised prices reflect this. Some can offer a range of additional services up to a Full Service funeral, but this will bring their price up towards (or
sometimes even beyond) a level of the traditional family companies. One of the reasons that they are sometimes cheaper is that they expect cash upfront. Always check exactly what they offer, and get
more than one quote.
Which company you should go to depends on what you want. The traditional Full ‘church with all the trimmings’ Service will be done best, if not cheapest, by the Australian family owned Full Service
companies; while the Single Service at a crematorium will be done cheapest, if not best, by the Low Cost companies.
Amity specializes in Low Cost funerals, but if you need a higher level of service, we can do full service if required, and can promise a very competitive quote.