With the corporatisation of the funeral industry in Australia, funeral costs continue to rise way above inflation. As a consequence, more and more people are seeking trustworthy and independent information, before meeting with and selecting a funeral director.
Providing such help and assistance is Australia’s largest online funeral consumer advocate that recently launched nationwide. eziFunerals not only supports people plan for funerals, but also empowers consumers to understand their funeral rights and avoid paying too much.
Are you concerned about being ripped off and paying too much for a funeral? So are we!
According to eziFunerals, the number one reason consumers pay too much for a funeral is that they don’t shop around. They will normally use the closest funeral home or the one their family has always used. Howevever, although the names on signs outside funeral homes are well known, the revenues and profits from them flow to corporate shareholders, said Peter Erceg, owner and founder, eziFunerals.
“It pays to do your homework”, Erceg explains. “People are not aware that several funeral businesses may be owned by two parent companies, being InvoCare Limited (ASX: IVC) which own brands such as White Lady Funerals, and the newer Propel Funeral Partners Ltd (ASX: PFP). Between them they currently control over 40% market share nationally. So, when looking for a funeral director, the first piece of advice is: “know who you are dealing with and shop around”, he said.
“We try and make sure that families know they have choices and by simply shopping around and researching what’s out there, people can save thousands of dollars”, he said. “Because families don’t shop around, they often end up paying too much.”
We also provide advocacy on behalf of those having trouble with funeral homes, Erceg said. “We’re here to try to make sure that families are treated fairly by all funeral homes,” he said.
“eziFunerals only works with Independent funeral directors” Erceg says. “We have partnered with some of the best family owned and trusted independent funeral directors who provide consumers with transparent information and the best possible standard of service at the most realistic cost.”
“Too many times, our members have seen families pay too much for funerals. “People don’t know that there are a wide variety of costs and options available to them,” he said.
Independent funeral homes listed with eziFunerals are committed to helping people sort through one of the most difficult times in our lives and can really help ease the stress. “When we’re in that emotional state,” he said, “it’s the worst time to be making financial decisions in a sales focussed environment.”
Make Your Funeral Choice the Easy Choice
If value for money and a more personalised service is important to you, you should ask who owns and operates the funeral home you are considering. Make the right choice and save money by selecting a small, independent and family owned funeral director to conduct a funeral.
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eziFunerals is a free consumer advocacy and funeral planning platform that supports individuals and families cope with end of life decisions, death and funerals. We are an independent, Australian-owned and operated company, and are not a subsidiary of any other corporation. We are not part of any other funeral company. Founded by consumers frustrated by how difficult it was to get independent information, eziFunerals supports consumers plan a funeral, compare prices and select the right funeral director anywhere, anytime.