Cremation or Burial

Cremation or Burial



Usually, we find that most people have already decided whether cremation or burial is right for them when they approach us. Your loved one may have told you, or someone else, exactly what their wishes were. But for some families, making this decision can be incredibly difficult, especially when the wishes of the deceased were never made clear. At Gardenia Funerals we are here to help you become familiar with the processes of burial services and cremation in Melbourne, so you can decide on the right option.


The charges are set by each individual Crematoria and Cemetery and therefore they should not vary between funeral companies.


Cremation is an alternative to the burial process and it is chosen by many people because of religious beliefs, the desire to preserve the environment, or it was requested by the person who died.  Cremation is also a less expensive option in comparison to a burial.  The remains are placed in a container that is combustible and placed in a special furnace called a cremation chamber or a crematory.  The cremated remains of an average adult body will weigh about 3 – 4 kgs.  Cremation is not an alternative to a funeral, but rather an alternative to burial or other forms of disposition.


Traditionally, a burial service involves a viewing, followed by a funeral service in a church, or other place of worship.  The casket is typically present at both these events, and it is your decision on whether to have the casket open or not.  You have the option of having the remains interred (earth burial), or it may be placed in a crypt inside a mausoleum (above ground burial).  Family or religious traditions are often a factor for choosing burial.  Decisions need to be made on whether the body needs to be embalmed, what kind of casket to use, what cemetery to use and what to put on the gravestone.

Focus On Life

Gather. Remember. Rejoice.

Here’s the truth: most Funeral Directors consider their primary function to be handling remains. Instead, we think of our job as having two parts: physical and emotional. The physical is burials and inurnment. The emotional is working with families to design healing experiences. Our peaceful and intimate setting becomes a place where people find renewal and togetherness. And that’s the most rewarding part of what we do. Gardenia Funerals encourage every family to take time, reflect and think hard about how you can best honour your loved ones or friends life, after all it is the very last thing we can do for them.