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Burial and cremation services in Queensland

The decision of whether to bury or cremate your loved one is a personal choice that may have religious or cultural significance to you. 


We offer both options to families throughout Queensland, we can help you plan funeral services worthy of your loved one.


There are considerations for each type of funeral and we can help you navigate these aspects as well so you can focus on the important task of celebrating your loved one.

Considerations for burials and cremations

Burials in Cairns

– The Cairns City Council offers various options to suit your needs. These range from a site at Martyn Street, Forest View, Babinda or Gordonvale. You can choose between a lawn plaque, headstone, mausoleum or monumental sections. Your choice of whether to have a plaque or headstone and the design of these pieces is a personal choice. We can assist you with these at the time of arranging your funeral, or at a later date. Please click on the link for a list of Regional Council Cemeteries.


– Cremation is the preferred choice for up to 70% of families in Australia. The funeral service can be held in our chapel or any venue of your choice. Chapel of Memories has lovely, classic and modern decor and is fully air-conditioned, it can hold up to 300 people. We have two large plasma TV screens to accommodate families who wish to have a slide show of their loved one playing during the service.

There are a few options when planning a cremation service:

Direct cremation
– This option involves no formal service but most families have a memorial service at a later date.

Formal service
– This is the service which would be held at a church, our chapel at Cairns Funeral Directors or another location of your choice with either a Celebrant or a minister.

Frequently Asked Questions

What preparation do I need to make for a burial or cremation?

To prepare for a burial or a cremation, you will need to do the following:

  • Collect and lodge legal documents, such as death certificates and personal documentation
  • Prepare and care for the body
  • Supply a coffin or casket
  • Arrange the burial plot, including purchase, and organising the opening and closing of the plot.
  • Arrange the hearse
  • Arrange the graveside service

Whilst there is no legislation to say you can’t arrange a funeral yourself, for many people the services of a funeral director are invaluable at what is often a distressing time. At Cairns Funeral Directors we’re on hand 24 hours to support and guide you through this final farewell. As well as the basic elements described above, we can help with a host of other aspects, including floral tributes, newspaper announcements and religious ceremonies.

What happens at a burial?

A burial takes place at a plot within a local cemetery. You may already have a family plot, or your may need to arrange to buy one, which is something your funeral director can advise on. The plot may be a traditional below-ground site, or you may wish to consider an above-ground option such as a crypt, vault, or mausoleum.

You may wish to hold a service to say farewell to your loved one. This may be a religious or non-religious ceremony and can be held in a venue such as a chapel or church, or simply take place at the graveside. Some people choose to have two ceremonies, with a larger ceremony organised for a venue like a church, and a smaller service at the graveside.

What happens at a cremation?

A cremation bears many similarities to burial, in that there will often be a ceremony to remember the deceased and fulfil their religious wishes. The ceremony can be a simple or elaborate as you wish and can be attended by as many or as few people as appropriate.

After this ceremony, the body of the deceased will be heated to a very high temperature, in a special chamber, and the ashes will be collected. Some people choose to bury the ashes in a cemetery, while others prefer to keep them at home or to scatter them at a special location.

The wake or funeral service

The funeral service is an opportunity to say a formal goodbye to your loved one. Some people choose to say a few words about the life of the deceased, and often poems or readings are used. You can choose to incorporate music or even a slide show as part of the ceremony. There may also be a religious element to the service, in accordance with the beliefs of your loved one.

The wake is a kind of reception for people who have come to the funeral. It can be as formal or as informal as you like. Some people choose to offer food and drink, especially if there are guests who have travelled from a distance. A wake is a chance for people to share their grief, as well as to share happier memories.

What costs are associated with burials and cremations?

There are various costs associated with a burial or cremation, which include:

  • Funeral directors fee
  • Funeral home costs
  • Preparation of the body
  • Embalming
  • Coffin or casket
  • Certification
  • Services
  • Celebrant fees
  • Floral tribute
  • Formal announcements

At Cairns Funeral Directors we understand the financial pressure that a funeral can bring, and we will take care to help you find the perfect way to say farewell, in a way that works within your budget.

Financial assistance may be available to help with the cost of funeral arrangements.
Ask our funeral directors for more information.