There is more variety and freedom than ever in the choice of funeral and burial. From high church to secular and humanistic, with traditional interment, cremation or a ‘ natural ‘ burial-or even having the ashes of the deceased put in jewellery or blasted off in a fireworks display.

The range of choices, however, ensures that the deceased and, if they have shared any clear desires, the ritual and/or their final resting place should be given careful thought.

Let’s explore five major types of funerals, so you can decide what’s right for you or your loved one when the time comes.

  • Traditional Religious Funeral Service – Prior to this service, the family often welcomes visitors. A visitation may also include a viewing of the body in the casket (except for Jewish funerals).
  • Non-religious Humanist Funeral Service – The main difference between a religious service and a humanist one is that the latter omits any reference to God or religion. Humanist funerals offer a dignified farewell to the deceased as well as a celebration of life.
  • Direct Cremation Service – With a direct cremation, there is no visitation, ceremony or service beforehand. However, a memorial service may be held at a later date.
  • Green/Natural Funeral Service – A green or natural funeral requires fewer resources than a traditional funeral, so it’s better for the environment. A green funeral avoids embalming chemicals; the extraneous cement, steel or other non-biodegradable materials that conventional burials put into the earth; and lacks the carbon footprint of cremation.
  • Burial at Sea – A burial at sea is a type of funeral in which the person who has passed is released into the ocean, usually from a boat but sometimes from an aircraft.

About eziFunerals

eziFunerals supports individuals and families cope with end of life decisions, death and funerals. We are an independent, Australian-owned and operated company. We are not part of any other funeral company.

Our member Funeral Directors are chosen for their knowledge, quality, service, personalisation and experience. They go above and beyond, and will take the time to support the family.

For more information or to make contact with a trusted Independent funeral director, call eziFunerals on 1300 236 402 or visit

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Peter Erceg is the Owner and Founder of eziFunerals. He has had a long history within the funeral industry, and is a published author of ‘What Kind Of Funeral: A self help guide to planning a meaningful funeral’. Prior to eziFunerals, Peter worked in the public sector and health industry for more than 30 years. The views and opinions expressed on posts are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of eziFunerals and members.