Choosing the type of service
There are several types
of funeral service, and they vary in costs enormously. Some funeral
directors offer you choices, but many do not. So is important to
decide exactly what you want, and make sure you get it. It is also
vital to get more than one quote.
Remember that the big names (ie: those who
spend millions on advertising) may offer excellent service, but are
unlikely to offer the cheapest service in their
class. The very best service may be from old style
low-key family companies.
The very best price will probably be from
A ‘full-service’ funeral assumes that you will
require viewings of the deceased, rosaries the night before, church
services followed by cemetery services, cars the chief mourners,
and a host of small but valuable incidental services.
Most big companies offer this service automatically. (And many
are more than happy to enjoy any additional profit they make should
you not require one of these options, rather than offering you a
A ‘single service’ funeral means that you only
want a service at the crematorium chapel. (Or sometimes at another
chapel, and the deceased will be delivered to the crematorium
Most corporate chains have a large number of their own chapels
scattered around to facilitate this approach, but any funeral
company can access chapels all over Melbourne if your family would
like a service close to home.
The ‘no attendance’ funerals are where the
funeral director collects the deceased and delivers them for
cremation with nobody attending the service.
This is becoming popular with some people who hold memorial
services later. Most companies offer such a service, though many do
not advertise it.