What does a funeral cost?
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Celebrate a Life Lived
“What a weight to have lifted off our shoulders to finally start taking care of our own funeral arrangements. This is all to keep our children, and each other, from having to make hard decisions when either of us passes away. The feeling of relief we had after we had prepaid our funerals was like a load lifted from our shoulders. We can now go on planning the rest of our lives and not our death.”
Planning for your funeral
Whether you’re planning for yourself or for a loved one, the funeral service is one of the most important elements of a person’s final arrangements. We all plan for things that we don’t want to happen. We pay for fire insurance, flood insurance and many other things that we hope we will never have to face. But here we are knowing that one day our time will come. So now is the time for us to start planning for that other thing we hope never happens, but most definitely is going to. With the opportunity for great personalisation, the funeral service can truly reflect the uniqueness of the life it honors. Regardless of whether you or your loved one have opted for burial or for cremation, the funeral or memorial service fills an important role. As funeral directors, we are here to help you every step of the way. It’s your choice. Having a funeral service for your loved one can:
- Honour, recognise and celebrate the life of the deceased
- Allow friends and family to say their last goodbyes
- Provide closure after the loss of a loved one
- Allow friends to console the family of the loved one
So what is a funeral and where will it be held? In general terms, a funeral is a gathering of family and friends after the death of a loved one that allows them the opportunity to mourn, support each other and pay tribute to the life of the deceased.
A formal or informal gathering or ceremony often held in a church, chapel, mosque depending on your culture, normally held prior to burial or cremation. The funeral director will often provide help with where to have the funeral service if your family hasn’t already arranged it. The funeral brings a sense of closure to family and friends. At a funeral service, a casket or urn may or may not be present, though if it is, you may choose to have the coffin or casket open for viewing prior to the funeral service. Some families prefer that it be closed the whole time. Although your faith or culture may dictate some elements of a funeral service, you may want to personalise other elements of the service. We provide funeral services for all members of the community, and are professionals in all faith’s and religions.
Held the night before or immediately prior to the funeral service, the viewing or visitation – provides a way for family members, friends and acquaintances to pay respects and offer condolences to the family. As with the funeral service, you may want to decide if you want an open or closed casket should one be present.
Memorial or Tribute Service
At a memorial or tribute service, a casket or urn is usually not present. Otherwise similar to a funeral or visitation, a memorial service gives family and friends a time to come together in your loved ones memory and celebrate their life.
As its name implies, a graveside service may be held at the grave site just prior to lowering of the casket or coffin, and usually consists of final remarks, prayers or memories. The service may occur after or in place of a funeral service.
What Does a Funeral Cost?
We often get asked “How much does a funeral cost?” It is a good idea to get a quote from a funeral director before engaging their services, as the price difference from one Melbourne funeral director to another could be quite significant. Lincoln Family Funerals can provide an obligation free funeral quote, at any time without pressure to commit to our service.
The cost of a funeral varies depending on what you may require for the funeral service, e.g. whether your loved one wished to be buried or cremated, where the funeral service is to be held, type of casket flowers (if any), if the funeral service is to be conducted by a celebrant or a minister of the church, there are many options available and we offer funeral services that cater to any budget.
There’s not just one, or right way to plan a funeral service. Lincoln Family Funerals believe that each funeral should be as unique and memorable as the life it honors. If you are considering pre-arranging or pre-paying your funeral, please don’t hesitate to contact Lincoln Family Funerals on 1300 761 461.