Talking about your funeral

What would your funeral look like? It’s may be hard to imagine and may be a question that most of us don’t really want to ask ourselves. But sometimes, it’s important to have these tough conversations. Talking about your funeral may help normalise a harsh reality of life and make it a less uncomfortable topic. It can also get the ball rolling in terms of giving your loved ones some peace of mind that they will not be under undue financial stress when the time comes.

How much will my funeral cost?

This is a tough question to answer because it depends on person to person and can vary significantly based on the type of farewell you want. It’s possible that you have extremely specific ideas of what you want to happen at your funeral – right down to the flower decorations. You might also have a preference regarding whether you want to be cremated or buried. There are many types of funeral trends prevalent in Australia and it depends on what suits your requirements. All these decisions will influence the cost of your funeral.

The average funeral in Australia can cost from $4,000 up to $15,000. This is a price range that varies significantly. Even on the lower end of this scale, it’s may still be a significant amount for many Australian families to have readily at hand. According to Canstar (2020), the average Australian household is only able to save $854 per month. Having funeral insurance cover in place may help to cover funeral-related expenses or ongoing financial commitments when your loved ones need it most.

The costs of many things that go into preparing for a funeral can quickly add up without realising. And before you know it, they can get out of hand. According to Finder (2021), the starting costs of a funeral may include:

  • Funeral director: $3,000
  • Transportation costs: $700
  • Coffin or casket: can be up to thousands of dollars
  • Clergy fees: $300
  • Burial site costs: variable
  • Ongoing maintenance fees: variable
  • Cremation: $600-$1,200
  • Miscellaneous costs such as flowers, programs, newspaper notices, death certificates etc.

Where does funeral insurance come in?

Funerals can be emotionally overwhelming. And it’s best to prepare for them so that you can help minimise any financial strain wherever you can for your loved ones left behind. Having funeral insurance may go a long way to preparing them financially and easing any stress.

Apia Funeral Insurance can give your loved ones up to $15,000 to cover funeral costs as a lump sum payment within 24 hours of an approved claim. This means your family may get the benefit amount quickly in a time of need so they can focus on planning your funeral without as much financial stress. You could also get an additional 10% Bonus Cover after 5 years1.

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1 Bonus 10% more cover is calculated on the fifth anniversary from the Cover Commencement Date. Each adult life insured will have an extra 10% of the average Funeral Insurance Cover amount held during the previous five years added to their Funeral Insurance benefit. Terms and Conditions apply. Refer to the Product Disclosure Statement for more information.

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