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How to Reduce Funeral Costs

Our goal at Sylvan Funerals is to help families keep funeral costs within their means, while planning a beautiful tribute to a life that’s been important to them. The following section will show you ways of dramatically reducing funeral costs. We are committed to ensure you only pay for services that you have deemed valuable and necessary.

Funeral Expenses can be divided into two main categories. These being Funeral Director Fees (eg: Service Fee, Transfer Fee if any and Coffin/Casket) and Disbursement Costs.

How can i reduce the Funeral Director Fees?

Should you not require any form of ceremony, or perhaps you wish to personally arrange a Memorial Service’ at a later date, you could select a direct committal service. This type of service refers to the funeral director delivering the deceased to the crematorium/cemetery privately, with no mourners in attendance. Potential Saving (Approx) $1,000

Coffin Choice – How much should be spent?

As with all the questions relating to planning a funeral, this is a very personal issue. We will ensure you are presented with a wide range of coffin options and are given the absolute freedom to make a choice that is appropriate. The cost of an appropriately lined coffin is on average is below $1000. To view our standard range of coffins,click here.

Burial or Cremation. Is there a major cost difference?

In most major cemeteries, the cost of purchasing a lawn cemetery plot, interment fee and plaque will always cost more than a cremation fee.

The difference could easily be as much as $1,700 more for the burial option. If required, we can provide cost comparisons on all cemetery and cremation options available to you. Please contact us. Potential Saving (Approx) $1,700 (if selecting Cremation over Burial)

Funeral Notices, is it a requirement?

Most families decide to place a notice inserted in their local or national paper, however a notice in the paper is not compulsory. The cost of a funeral notice varies between newspapers and is calculated according to the number or words. As a guide, we recommend an allowance of $300 for most large, daily newspapers for a standard length notice. If there are only a small number of family and friends to contact, perhaps using the phone would be more cost effective. Potential Saving (Approx) $300

Do I need an organist if we aren’t singing any hymns?

You may choose to have CD music played as people arrive, and as they leave the church/chapel. Should you require assistance accessing certain tracks, we have a large music library to select from or we can source the specific track on your behalf.Potential Saving $55-99

Order of Service Booklets – Can I prepare my own?

Yes. If you have allowed yourself time, with the access of a computer and printer, you may prepare your own service sheets. Of course, if you are including an order of service it is advisable to allow your clergy or celebrant to check a proof before hitting the print button. You should also seek advice to ensure you do not infringe copyright laws. Of course if you feel this task is too great of a task, we have an in-house design and printing service with the appripriate copyright licenses. Potential Saving (Approx) $250

Floral Tributes – Can I arrange this myself?

Yes. You may have a favourite florist or have a close friend or family member who has a flare for floristry who may be able to prepare a floral tribute to be placed on top of the coffin. Potential Saving (Approx) $150-200

Catering Costs – what should I allow?

The wake or gathering after the funeral can be a very beneficial time. You can engage professional caterers who may also provide the venue. You may choose to invite family & friends to your home. Friends at this time are always looking for practical ways to show their care. If a friend can coordinate the catering needs for you, there is an obvious saving here. Potential Saving (Approx) $480-640 (Based on 80 people)

Is there a discount for early settlement of the account?

Yes. At Sylvan Funerals a substantial discount is offered to families who are able to settle the account prior to the funeral, or within the agreed time period stated on the funeral account. Potential Saving $220

Are you aware of Compassionate Airfares?

For family that are travelling by air to attend the funeral, it is worth knowing that most major airlines will offer a discounted rate for such circumstances. These fares are known as “compassionate airfares”. When booking the airline tickets, state that you are seeking a compassionate airfare for travel to a funeral. They will require verification by fax from the funeral director. Contact us with the flight details and direct fax number and we will forward the necessary verification.


This report has outlined more than $3000 worth of savings. Of course no one family will save that entire amount. because your needs are individual, your requirements will be individual. The point is that our goal is to support families and to allow them to be in control when planning a funeral. This ensures you only pay for services that are valuable to you and require.

We thank you for taking the time to read this section and trust it has been informative to you. Should you wish to discuss your personal funeral needs, a meeting in your home or at our office can be arranged without obligation by contacting us on (07) 3812 4000 or filling out our Enquiry Form.

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Sylvan Funerals

22 Warwick Road, Ipswich Ph: 07 3812 4000

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Funeral Directors

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