- Cremation fee: From $765
- Medical certification $85
- Death certificate (BDM) $35
- Basic coffin $330
- Weekend or Public Holiday fees at cost
- Dressing/ Mortuary care: From $120
- Viewing evening before cremation $100
So what started out as a $1200 cremation will actually cost you $2635. And that price still doesn’t include weekends or public holiday fees. Now you could do without the viewing option, which would need to be conducted in your home or there would be more addition costs, so our budget cremation that now includes everything you need for a cremation is $2535.
By splitting the price like this the business can advertise on the internet for $1200, Victoria’s cheapest (or close to it). People click to visit their site, often pick up the phone and call the businesses to seek clarification and before you know it you’ve signed up for a funeral that will cost you at least, $2535, opposed to $1200.
And the up-selling doesn’t stop there, what if you need an oversize coffin? Most people that have spent a period of time in palliative care or nursing homes do put on a lot of weight and require an oversize coffin. That price isn’t even on the website so prepare to be charged at least another $500. Then there are the ashes, again not even included as an optional extra, again expect to be slugged around $250.
So now our $1200 cremation is costing you $3285; and it may not end there!