Financial Considerations

Funeral Arrangements

When arranging a funeral at Guilfoyle Funerals, we manage payments on behalf of the family. Funeral costs can be broken down into the funeral director’s fee, the cost of the coffin or casket, and sundry disbursements.

The average cost of a full Funeral, Cremation and Burial is between $9000 – $12000.

A Direct Cremation is  $4100

Each funeral and goodbye is different, it can be as formal or informal as the family wishes, to make it a personal and fitting send-off for their loved one. Contact our funeral directors at Mareeba or Atherton for more information or download our full expenses list below.

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Funeral Director’s Professional Fee

The work of a funeral director involves many hours of careful planning and coordination to ensure the service runs smoothly and as planned. This service fee covers the use of our specialised facilities, vehicles and work performed by our staff.

Coffin, Casket Or Urn

The price of a coffin or urn can vary considerably depending on the type of material it is made of, the quality of the workmanship and the type of furnishings used.

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Other Funeral Choices


Seeing and spending time with your loved one prior to the funeral service is a personal choice and one we can discuss with you.


Placing flowers, casket spray or other items on the coffin makes it more personalised and can reflect the spirit of the deceased. There is no right or wrong item, this can be whatever suits you and your family.

Memorial Book

A memorial book serves as a record of those who attend the service and includes the person’s name and a short note or condolence. On such an emotional day it is hard to remember everything that happens and everyone who attends. 

Photo Tribute

A photo tribute is a wonderful way to share special memories at as part of a funeral service.  Our team are able to assist family with the creation of a photo tribute for your loved one’s service. or family may choose to create the photo tribute themselves.

Order of Service & Tribute Cards

Order of service booklets & tribute cards are a great way of providing guests at a service with something that they can take home and keep.  Our team are able to create a personalised booklet or tribute card designed around a theme family thing would be most fitting to reflect their loved one’s life.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When someone dies, who pays for the funeral?

The person, the informant, usually the next of kin of the immediate family.

How much does a funeral cost?

The cost of a funeral depends on the type of service, coffin or casket, burial or cremation fees, plot, a headstone or memorial plaque.

Is it cheaper to be buried or cremated?

Cremation is usually the cheaper option because there is no requirement to purchase a burial plot.

What is the difference between a funeral and memorial service?

Essentialy all the same preperation the only real difference is there is no coffin at the service and no hearse, the funeral director does not need to be there but can be there to assist if needed.

Can we make the funeral personal?

Yes. A funeral is very personal and there are no rules. we are here to help, in some areas, there may be permissions needed if wanting to carry out a funeral in a particular place.

Can we have a viewing?

A viewing is a very personal choice. Spending time with your loved one can benefit those left behind. It can offer them closure and can be helpful in the grieving process and the acceptance of death.

Why are funerals expensive?

There 32-40 man hours dedicated to each funeral. Plus all the other associated cost that go into each funeral. We pride ourselves on providing the highest standard of professional service to each family.

Do I have to register the death before organising the funeral?

No. If the death has not been registered by the hospital or nursing home, Guilfoyle Funerals will arrange for the death to be registered with the proper authorities.

What happens with a coffin in a cremation?

Your loved one remains in the coffin you have selected throughout the entire process.

Is more that one person cremated at a time?


Who speaks at a funeral?

Priest, Minister or Religious Leaders. Otherwise, it can be officiated by one of the family or a celebrant or a combination of both.

Do we have to have a funeral? Why should we?

No – again there are no rules. The reason why Funerals, have been an important ritual and often help people say goodbye. A Funeral offers the completion of the person’s life. It gives a time and a place for all to grieve together, celebrate, and give gratitude for our loved ones’ life.

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Our dedicated team is here to assist you and your family during this difficult time. We understand that every family is unique and we are here to provide personalized service tailored to your specific needs.

We are here to help and support you during this difficult time, and we look forward to hearing from you.

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