Funeral parlours, more commonly known as funeral homes in Australia, are businesses that provide funeral services for the communities they serve. They can also referred to as funeral directors, although the term “funeral director” is also used to refer to the individuals employed by funeral parlours to arrange and carry out the necessary services.

What do Funeral Parlours Do?

Funeral parlours can assist you with arranging a burial or a cremation and will generally perform a full range of services, including:

  • meeting with the family
  • transfer of the deceased to the funeral parlour or mortuary
  • mortuary care
  • placement of death and funeral notices
  • registration of death with the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • making arrangements with the cemetery or crematoirum
  • liaising with third parties such as celebrants, florists, caterers, venues, musicians and other service providers
  • provision of staff, hearse and other transport required by the family

Many funeral parlours also have a funeral parlour chapel where you can hold the entire service if you are planning a single service funeral, or the first part of the service if you are planning a dual service funeral. 

How Much Does a Funeral Parlour Cost?

How much a funeral parlour will charge you for funeral services depends on the type of service you want to arrange.

Apart from the type of service you choose, prices also naturally vary between funeral parlours based on the markets they serve, ranging from low-cost operators to the more lavish, high-end funeral parlours.

Finding a Funeral Parlour

Finding a funeral parlour can be difficult as it’s often required at a time of grief when families are in shock. There are dozens of options and it can be daunting understanding and comparing all the different options.

Funeral Parlours serve an important function in our communities, and it’s important to find one who understands your wishes and will ensure that your loved one is properly looked after and celebrated. With the availability of the internet, there are now hundreds of funeral parlour reviews from customers that are easily accessible on websites such as ours, and we highly recommend you look at some of these reviews when doing your research.



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 operate in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Australia wide. Thet 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.