For a over 40 years, at Newhaven funerals we have noticed a very definite trend towards cremations over burials.

Cremations in Queensland are now the most popular form of a funeral.

We will help and guide you to the best decision for you and ensure you are happy with the choice you make.

We are able to articulate why cremations are now the preferred option for funerals.

Cost Factors

The cost of funerals has been increasing steadily for the past few years and a cremation is the cheaper option.

A traditional funeral can cost from $5,000 to $15,000, with the average cost of a burial funeral in Australia in 2018 being $7,449.  

The average cost of a burial in Brisbane was $7,810 whereas the average cost of a cremation was $7,354.

When you know you can save $500-1.000 on a cremation versus a burial, it is an important consideration.

Environmental Factors

It is very hard to determine if a burial or cremation is more environmentally friendly.

Most people don’t base a decision on whether to get cremated on environmental grounds, but it is gaining in popularity as one of the factors in the decision-making process.

Space for burials is becoming sparser and there is also the issue of maintenance of the grave and of cemetery land which is not a consideration with cremations.

We can also help you understand the carbon emissions of a cremation if this is a factor in your decision in wanting a more eco-conscious funeral.

Emotional and Spiritual Factors

Sometimes, the decision for cremations over burial is driven by the deceased’s religious and spiritual beliefs.

Religion plays a lesser role in much of society today and many people without faith do not see the need for a grandiose church-type service.

Another consideration is the memorial factor.

With a burial, the deceased in interred in a specific place and the grave must be visited in order to make a connection.

With a cremation, the deceased becomes “portable” so there is no need to make trips from home to a cemetery for memorial purposes.  

Call Newhaven Funerals on 1800 644 524 to discuss the pros and cons of cremations vs burials to enable you to make a decision.


Comment by Tim Connolly – Newhaven Funerals

Tim Connolly Funeral Director Newhaven Funerals

Tim Connolly – Funeral Director

Newhaven Funerals Brisbane & Gold Coast.

Growing up around funerals since the age of six allows Tim a unique understanding of how a family owned funeral business should be.

Since leaving school in 1992 Tim has been deeply involved in all aspects of operating their family owned business, including operating crematoriums, memorial gardens and pet cremation business.

Tim is always available to assist all clients with any request