Burial or Cremation

The decision between Burial or Cremation can be particularly emotional and if possible should be discussed with your family so they know your preference. Factors which may influence this decision and should be considered is personal preference, cultural or religious beliefs, along with economic and financial reasons.

Some people feel that burial is the most fitting way to lay a loved one to rest and some religions strictly require burial, while some religions prefer cremation. Whatever your decision, our staff are here to guide you and provide all the necessary information in order to make an informed decision.

Our Role

As part of our service in organising the funeral, our role is to organise and secure all booking and documents, such as cemetery plot bookings, cause of death certificate, permits to bury or cremate, and to lodge these with the relevant government authorities.

Click below for more information on each service option

Burial Service Information

The cost of a Burial Service is influenced by a number of factors, such as whether there is an existing burial plot to be reopened, if there is a prepaid burial plot or whether a new plot is required to be purchased. Also depending on whether the cemetery is a church, trust or council operated cemetery will influence the cost. Our staff can advise the relevant cost based on your preferred cemetery location.

Most cemeteries operated by council allow for at least two burials in the one grave.

Burial Considerations

Below are some points you should consider:

  • You may already have a family grave or plot. We can arrange for this to be reopened and the headstone removed before burial
  • There are a number of different types of cemetery to choose from, such as:
    • Lawn Section: Here each grave is covered with grass and marked with a plaque placed horizontally at the head of the grave at ground-level and;
    • Semi-Lawn Section: Here each grave has a constructed concrete beam at the head end where a sloped desk exists for a plaque to be installed above ground. The remainder of the grave is covered with grass, and;
    • Concrete Strip Section: Here each grave has a constructed concrete beam at the head end where an upright headstone (generally granite/stone) is installed. The remainder of the grave is covered with grass, and;
    • Monumental Section: Where headstones or other monuments made of granite or similar materials sit above the ground and either surround the perimeter of the grave or sit at the head end (similar to the Concrete Strip Section)
  • Depending on the cemetery, and whether a burial plot has been prepaid or simply required the reopening fee, cemetery fees can range from $1,500-4000 alone and payable to the particular cemetery.
  • You might want to reserve plots if you or your family want to be buried close by
  • You can hold the funeral service in a local church, chapel, graveside or other venue
  • A plaque or headstone will need to be installed, or a new inscription on an existing headstone. We organise and can install this for family and this can be organised at the funeral arrangement or after the funeral.

Cremation Service Information

Many families are deciding on Cremation over burial. Some people choose cremation over burial may be because of the significant saving with not needing to purchase a cemetery burial plot or having remaining family worry about maintaining this grave. Further, cremation provides the opportunity for ashes to be placed in a location that may have some personal relevance such as a garden, or scattered at a favourite fishing or hiking spot. Most cemeteries also have an area set aside for memorials of ashes. There are numerous creative ideas regarding the placement of ashes or memorialisation in various styles of urns, jewellery, scattering, etc and it is even possible to have a diamond made from your loved ones ashes!

We utilise and service all crematorium facilities throughout South East Queensland and if you are wanting a cremation service, you must organise this through a funeral director as the crematorium facility is simply a venue hired to perform the cremation and not organise the other funeral service and legal aspects.

Cremation Considerations

When considering cremation, consider the following points:

  • Cremations can cost less than a burial, with a cremation fee being around $600 vs $3,000+ for a new burial plot
  • The funeral service can still be held in a church or other venue, followed by a private cremation at the crematorium
  • You can hold the service at the crematorium as most will have a chapel
  • You will need to decide the final resting place of the ashes. You can place them in a cemetery memorial, scatter them, purchase a cremation urn from us or leave them in the standard crematorium urn.