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How much does cremation cost?

Cremation Costs Melbourne

The cost of our non-attended cremation service in Melbourne is $1695 including GST.

The cost of our non-attended cremation service is $1,695 (inc. GST).  This one fixed price includes everything required for the cremation to proceed.

When you engage us to carry out the non-attended cremation, we will transport the deceased person into our care via a professional mortuary ambulance service.  Once in our care we will provide basic mortuary care and the deceased will be dressed in a shroud and placed into a coffin.

We will co-ordinate the provision of a doctor’s medical death certificate and all other certificates needed for the cremation to take place. We will also order an official government death certificate to be posted to you.

We will complete all documentation required and arrange for the deceased person to be transported to the crematorium.

After the cremation has taken place we will arrange for the cremated remains to be delivered to any one location in Australia.

There is no more to pay and no hidden additional costs.

Price of cremation vs burial

In comparison, the cost of a cremation is much less than that of a burial. Depending on whether you choose to have a service as well, you can expect to pay anywhere from $3,000 - $9,000.

The cremation process involves transporting the deceased to your chosen crematorium in a coffin or casket. Once your loved one’s remains have been cremated, the ashes are stored in a sealed container and given to the family or funeral director depending on the family’s wishes.

Religious considerations

Besides price, another consideration when deciding on cremation vs burial is religion. Understandably, families can be concerned with whether their religion permits cremation as this will impact their decision when deciding how to honour their loved one. Ultimately, this is an intensely personal decision and we recommend speaking with members of your faith to discuss any implications.

While there is no clear answer in the Bible regarding the act of cremation, there are many interpretations both for and against the practice. At the end of the day, the decision belongs to you and your family.


A common misconception about cremation services is that when you choose cremation you cannot have a traditional funeral. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, you have more options rather than fewer. Here are just a few of the ways you or your loved one can be remembered.

  • Funeral with a viewing, cremation to be held after.
  • Funeral without a viewing, cremation to be held after.
  • Memorial service at a traditional funeral home followed by interment of the ashes.
  • Memorial service at an outside venue.
  • Scattering of ashes at a location with meaning to the deceased.

With so many options, planning in advance becomes all the more important. This is especially true since how much your cremation will cost will be determined in large part by the your choices and the type of service you have. 

While cremations may not be the traditional method of funeral service, they have now overtaken burials as Australia’s preferred option for final disposition. They have also become the leading option across other western countries like the US and the UK.

In Australia about 75% of funerals are cremations, while 22% of the nation’s deaths result in direct cremation (a cremation without an accompanying funeral service). And those trends are growing quickly each year.

Despite the shift away from burials, many people are unsure about the cremation process and what happens with the ashes afterwards. This Complete Guide to Cremation is a step-by-step explanation of the process. It answers the common questions about cremations to help you and your family make the decision that’s right for you when it comes to planning a cremation.

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People have a choice of either burial or cremation when someone dies, and ultimately, this decision is a matter of personal preference.

Today about 75% of deaths result in cremation and the rate is increasing by an estimated half a per cent each year. While there is some variance between states and territories, and metropolitan and regional areas, cremations are much more predominant in city areas, according to funeral industry figures.

Land is less available and more expensive in metropolitan areas, placing limitations on burials as an option. This is a major reason cremations are outpacing burials, however the primary driver is a generational shift in the “consumer” of funeral services. People today are increasingly price-conscious, less religious and less traditional and so, more than ever, many are saying farewell to traditional funerals and, by extension, burials. There are a number of influences behind that trend.

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