We assure you that we provide excellent service and personal care at an affordable price.
Australian Heritage Funerals was established in 1998. Since 2004, we have been honoured to be an Accredited Member of the Australian Funeral Directors Association (AFDA) which requires its members to honour a strict code of Ethics and Practise. Members are required to undertake continuing professional education and comply with the highest standards for Premises, Equipment and Vehicles. You can have peace of mind knowing that we will care for your loved one and their family with the highest level of professionalism, expertise and compassion.
There can be much confusion about funeral expenses and cremation costs and many stories about costs from well-meaning people.
Whether your preference is for a low-cost funeral conducted with simplicity and dignity or a more elaborate funeral involving various services and arrangements, we are here to help you. We give you total transparency and you will always know what the funeral will cost with no hidden extras.
Our expert funeral consultants are ready to help you, to discuss the various services, options and costs that best reflect your wishes. Please feel free to contact us for an obligation free quote or to prepay for a funeral at any time.
When all arrangements are finalised, we can then confirm all the funeral costs and issue an account. By itemising all the expenses on the one account, it makes payment as simple and convenient as possible.
The funeral account can be paid by cash, cheque, credit card or direct deposit. Funeral expenses can also be paid from a deceased person’s bank account if there are sufficient funds available by presenting the funeral account to the bank, regardless of whether probate has been finalised.
The person who signs the authorisation for the funeral is the person who is legally responsible for the payment of the funeral account. If a family member pays the account before the estate is finalised, that person is entitled to be reimbursed from the estate before distribution of the assets.
As there are many costs involved in the funeral arrangement, we ask you to carefully consider your own financial circumstances and make appropriate selections so as not to cause further distress and hardship. Our aim is to help the family in any way we can so please discuss any concerns with us.
Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for a government bereavement allowance which could help with funeral expenses. Centrelink will assist with allowances and offers a variety of payments for eligible clients, such as Married, Carer or Sole Parent Pensioners.
Bereavement benefits vary and include the Baby bonus for pregnancies over 20 weeks.
For more information on individual situations, we recommend contacting Centrelink on 132300 or visit the website at www.centrelink.gov.au
If the deceased was an ex-serviceman, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs may provide assistance in time of bereavement. Freecall 1800 113 304
Other payments may be available through:
- Insurance policies
- Private Health Funds
- Victims of Crime Compensation Unit
- Third-party insurance
We advise you to contact the relevant department or organisation for more information and the necessary application forms.