The choice between burial and cremation is a personal one.
For a burial, we need to know if a new grave is required or if there is an existing family plot. If your family does not have a cemetery plot we can help you select a burial plot or crypt for your loved one.
For cremation, you need to consider how you would like to lay the cremated remains - commonly referred to as ashes - to rest. You can choose from several options including a crematorium space, placing the cremated remains in a lawn cemetery or an urn and a memorialisation of your loved one.
1. Religious and cultural considerations
Cremation is allowed by most Christian denominations including the Roman Catholic Church and is the normal choice of Sikhs, Hindus and Parsees. However Orthodox, Muslims and some other religions forbid it.
While burial is carried out in a designated area, there are no major restrictions on where cremated remains are placed.
Generally, cremation costs less than a burial. With a burial, you will also need to consider the cost of purchasing a gravesite and headstone or other memorialisation.
Many people express their preference for burial or cremation before they die. If you know these wishes, we can arrange the funeral accordingly.
For burial, we need to know if a new grave is required, or if there is an existing family grave.
If cremation has been chosen, you need to consider what to do with the cremated remains. It is important that clear written instructions are given to the person who will be responsible for your funeral.
Your decision to be cremated or buried may be influenced by the funeral service you choose. There are many alternatives to consider when choosing the type of funeral service. You can find out more about these options in our Services section.
We can provide further information about the choices available and help you make the necessary arrangements. We are available around the clock every day on (03) 9593 1000.