With many Australians feeling the pressures of cost of living, most of us are looking for ways of saving money. Whether it’s eating out less, cutting back on streaming services or having a cheaper holiday. So, what about funerals? If you’re unfortunate enough to be faced with the death of a loved one, can a funeral home save you money while still providing a fitting send off?
Funeral homes in Adelaide can help you reduce the cost
The simple answer to the questions is yes. Funeral homes in Adelaide should be able to help you reduce the costs involved in a funeral. A good funeral home will be able to offer you advice on options to allow you to save money while still sending off your loved one in style.
Here are some of the main options you might consider:
Cremations are considerably cheaper
Choose a cremation instead of a burial service. Cremations are generally considerably cheaper than a burial. There are various reasons for this, including the cost of plots and headstones for burials.
The cheapest funeral option is generally the direct cremation, which is a cremation with no funeral service. It’s not for everyone, however. Most people choose a service as it can give family and friends a chance to celebrate and say farewell.
The last thing you want to do following the death of a loved one is to shop around. However, if you can face it, try to call at least two or three funeral homes in the Adelaide area.
Ask about the price. Many people are uncomfortable talking to funeral homes in Adelaide about prices, but you shouldn’t be. Good funeral homes won’t mind. In fact, they’ll welcome your questions, be clear and transparent about the costs, and provide an itemised price list.
One of the bigger expenses is the coffin, so ask funeral homes to see the full range of coffins and prices.
Don’t feel guilty
One of the best pieces of advice that we can give you is to not feel guilty about trying to keep the costs of a funeral down. In addition, never feel pressured into choosing more expensive options.
Using a less expensive coffin, having a simple bunch of roses instead of a full flower arrangement, not putting notices in the newspaper, or driving yourself instead of using funeral cars and limousines is not cheapening your love for the deceased. You can still celebrate and farewell your loved one in style, without spending money that you need to put towards food or to pay for electricity.
Sensible Funerals in Adelaide can assist
Sensible Funerals can help provide a fitting send-off for your loved one without breaking the bank. In fact, it’s our key philosophy.
Sensible Funerals was founded by Keith Russell with the main aim of providing funerals that are dignified and respectful without costing a fortune. It’s a philosophy that Keith’s daughter, Shanti Russell, is proud to continue.
Not only are our funeral costs ‘sensible’, but we can also advise you on ways to seek financial assistance if required. For example, you may be able to receive assistance from the Government Funeral Assistance Program, access funds from your superannuation or claim for some expenses via insurance.
Funerals don’t need to be elaborate or expensive to be the perfect send-off for your loved one. Find out how we can help by phoning (08) 8241 5655 or submitting our contact form to reach out to our team.