Funeral trends that are on the rise in Australia

Australians are shunning tradition at all stages of life, including the very end of it. A recent study shows that 61% of Aussies see funerals as an occasion to honour the departed and celebrate life — and many modern funeral trends reflect that.

Cremation over traditional burials

Two in three Aussies favour cremation over traditional burials when planning their own funerals.

Cremations are generally more cost-effective and eco-friendly than standard burials — they take up less space, and don’t require the usual embalming chemicals. 

Green burials

Minimalist and eco-conscious green burials are sometimes said to be ‘burials of the future’. Bodies are wrapped in cloth or placed in biodegradable coffins made from pine or cardboard. They are then laid to rest in a green space with minimal grave markings to allow plants to grow undisturbed.

This practise appeals to many because it helps the deceased ‘return to the earth’.

Memorial trees

Trees are increasingly replacing headstones as grave markers in Australia. Not only do they benefit the environment, they also remind us that ‘life goes on’.

GPS-enabled headstones

It seems like we can find GPS tracking for anything nowadays, headstones included. Sydney’s Rookwood cemetery now allows the public to locate specific graves with their smartphones. Not only is this great for people who hate getting lost in cemeteries, it’s also a useful tool for people overseas studying their genealogy.


Overall, funerals seem to be evolving into less formal, more personalised ceremonies — and that trend doesn’t seem to be budging.

Apia Funeral Insurance allows you to say your farewells in a way that feels right for you. Our individualised funeral plans — starting from as low as $2.95 a week —  give you the flexibility to tailor a policy to fit your needs and budget. You’ll get to choose what level of cover you want, from $3,000 up to $15,000.

Because we understand how stressful and costly it can be to arrange even the simplest of funerals, we’ll provide payouts within 24 hours, so your loved ones have one less thing to worry about.

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