Coffins and caskets in Australia come in a wide variety of styles to meet the needs of all - from simple veneered particleboard to solid carved timber. You can even have a metal casket, which is air- and water-resistant. It is also possible to have a completely personalised coffin or casket via a supplier such as LifeArt. Generally speaking, the average cost of a coffin or casket will be between $1,000 and $4,000 however some coffins or caskets may be more than $15,000. A LifeArt coffin will generally be in the realm of $2,000.
After a cremation the ashes are typically stored in an urn until the final resting place is decided. Urns come in a wide variety of shapes and materials including wood, metal & pottery. The only real requirement is that the urn has a lid. Prices of urns will vary according to the design, construction and material however the typical price will be between $100 and $500. You can also choose your own container to use instead of an urn, provided it has a lid.
The cost of a burial usually involves the purchase of a gravesite or crypt, the right of interment, opening/closing fees and maintenance. This is normally purchased from the cemetery with the assistance of a Funeral Director. Costs will vary depending upon the cemetery, what sort of burial site is required and even which state you live in. Below are some rough costs you can expect.
- A traditional gravesite and headstone will be between $5,000 and $10,000
- A larger plot with a small monument will be between $30,000 and $60,000
- A crypt with be between $50,000 and $100,000
- A family mausoleum will be anywhere from $400,000 up to $1,000,000