FAQ

ROOKWOOD CEMETERY

Prices are effective as of 15 July 2017, all prices include GST and Government Levies. Price subject to change without notice.

Lawn Graves

Lawn Grave Inscription Fee (per English character)
NB: Nonstandard type fonts may incur additional fees.
$5.15
Priest Lawn Inscription Fee per character $7.40
Lawn Grave or Plaque Refurbishment Fee $185.00
Korean Inscription Fee (per character) $17.80
Vietnamese Inscription Fee (Per Character) $5.80
Non English/ Foreign Text– per line $100.00
Arabic Prayer $148.00
Reformat of Lawn Headstone
*Reformat refers to a change of the standard headstone layout design.
$148.00
Refacing of Lawn Headstone
*Refacing refers to the total removal of an existing headstone inscription.
$424.00
Priest Lawn Headstone $576.00
Australian Services Emblem (proof of service required) $144.00
Emblem – a variety of options are available
NB: Nonstandard emblems/graphics will incur additional artwork fees.
$144.00

Crypts

Crypt Inscription Fee (per character) $5.15
Second and Subsequent Photo/Inscription Proof $77.00

Photos

Colour Ceramic Photo (7 X 9) $375.00
Black & White Ceramic Photo ( 7 X 9) $276.00
Colour Ceramic Photo (5 X 7) $254.00
Black & White Ceramic Photo (5 X 7) $205.00
Colour Ceramic Photo (3 X 4) $205.00
Black & White Ceramic Photo ( 3 X 4) $134.00
2 Face Photo (9 x 7) $487.00
2 Face Photo (5 x 7) $360.00
Photo Frame $84.00
Second and Subsequent Photo/Inscription Proof $77.00

Bronze Plaques

Design Memorial Plaque (560mm x 305mm)* $2,003.00
Standard Section Plaque (381 mm x 216mm) $657.00
Small Beam Plaque (EF3 180mm X 85mm) $259.00
J1 Lawn Plaque (175mm X 115mm) $319.00
Cherub Baby Plaque $461.00
Mausoleum Niche Plaque $250.00
St Matthews Niche Plaque $222.00
Detachable Plate $178.00
Additional Line on Plaque $57.00
Second and Subsequent Photo/Inscription Proof $77.00
Emblem – a variety of options are available
NB: Nonstandard emblems/graphics will incur additional artwork fees.
$144.00

Granite Sloper/Plaques

Mary Mackillop Rose Garden and Lawn 4 Sloper $511.00
Lawn 2 Garden Niche Plaque $498.00
Second and Subsequent Photo/Inscription Proof $77.00

LIVERPOOL CEMETERY

Prices are effective as of 15 July 2016, all prices include GST and Government Levies. Price subject to change without notice.

Lawn Graves

Lawn Grave Inscription Fee (per English character)
NB: Nonstandard type fonts may incur additional fees.
$5.15
2nd inscription for Lawn / Monument $662.00
Lawn Grave or Plaque Refurbishment Fee $185.00
Reformat of Lawn Headstone
*Reformat refers to a change of the standard headstone layout design.
$148.00
Refacing of Lawn Headstone
*Refacing refers to the total removal of an existing headstone inscription.
$424.00
Australian Services Emblem (proof of service required) $144.00
Emblem – a variety of options are available
NB: Nonstandard emblems/graphics will incur additional artwork fees.
$144.00
Small Granite Panel (260mm x 250mm)
Includes writing and placement.
$657.00
Medium Black Granite Panel (600mm x 300mm)
Includes Gold Writing.
$1,560.00
Large Black Granite Panel(500mm x 700mm)
Includes writing, 7×9 photo and placement.
$2,003.00
Large Desktop Granite Panel (840mm x 640mm)
Includes writing, 7×9 photo and placement.
$2,451.00
Full Headstone/Panel Inscription $1,007.00

Photos

Colour Ceramic Photo (9 X 12) $487.00
Colour Ceramic Photo (7 X 9) $375.00
Black & White Ceramic Photo ( 7 X 9) $276.00
Colour Ceramic Photo (5 X 7) $254.00
Black & White Ceramic Photo (5 X 7) $205.00
Colour Ceramic Photo (3 X 4) $205.00
Black & White Ceramic Photo ( 3 X 4) $134.00
2 Face Photo (9 x 7) $487.00
2 Face Photo (5 x 7) $360.00
Photo Frame $84.00
Second and Subsequent Photo/Inscription Proof $77.00

Bronze Plaques

Design Memorial Plaque (560mm x 305mm)* $2,003.00
Standard Section Plaque (381 mm x 216mm) $657.00
Small Beam Plaque (EF3 180mm X 85mm) $259.00
J1 Plaque (175mm x 115mm) $319.00
Rose Garden Plaque (235mm x 100mm) $365.00
Cherub Baby Plaque $461.00
Detachable Plate $178.00
Additional Line on Plaque $57.00
Chapel Wall Niche Plaque (160mm x 210mm)
Includes 5×7 Photo.
$535.00

KEMPS CREEK CEMETERY

Prices are effective as of 15 July 2017, all prices include GST and Government Levies. Price subject to change without notice

Lawn Graves

Lawn Grave Inscription Fee (per English character)
NB: Nonstandard type fonts may incur additional fees.
$5.15
Lawn Grave or Plaque Refurbishment Fee $185.00
Reformat of Lawn Headstone
*Reformat refers to a change of the standard headstone layout design.
$148.00
Refacing of Lawn Headstone
*Refacing refers to the total removal of an existing headstone inscription.
$424.00
Australian Services Emblem (proof of service required) $144.00
Emblem – a variety of options are available
NB: Nonstandard emblems/graphics will incur additional artwork fees.
$144.00

Photos

Colour Ceramic Photo (7 X 9) $375.00
Black & White Ceramic Photo ( 7 X 9) $276.00
Colour Ceramic Photo (5 X 7) $254.00
Black & White Ceramic Photo (5 X 7) $205.00
Colour Ceramic Photo (3 X 4) $205.00
Black & White Ceramic Photo ( 3 X 4) $134.00
2 Face Photo (9 x 7) $487.00
2 Face Photo (5 x 7) $360.00
Photo Frame $84.00
Second and Subsequent Photo/Inscription Proof $77.00

Bronze Plaques

Design Memorial Plaque (560mm x 305mm)* $2,003.00
Standard Section Plaque (381 mm x 216mm) $657.00
Small Beam Plaque (EF3 180mm X 85mm) $259.00
Cherub Baby Plaque $461.00
Detachable Plate $178.00
Additional Line on Plaque $57.00
Bethany Garden Plaque Large $424.00
Bethany Garden Plaque Small $360.00
Second and Subsequent Photo/Inscription Proof $77.00
Emblem – a variety of options are available
NB: Nonstandard emblems/graphics will incur additional artwork fees.
$144.00

NORTHS ROCKS CEMETERY

Prices are effective as of 15 July 2016, all prices include GST and Government Levies. Price subject to change without notice

Bronze Plaques

North Rocks Lawn Plaque $525.00

ROOKWOOD CEMETERY

Prices are effective as of 15 July 2017, all prices include GST and Government Levies. Price subject to change without notice.

Cremation Memorials

Mary Mackillop Rose Garden & Lawn 4 Memorial Garden
A garden site with the ability to accommodate up to four cremated remains. One granite sloper plaque.
$5,559.00
Lawn 4 Memorial Garden
First bronze plaque included.
$5,559.00
Mary, Mother of Mercy Niche Wall
Modern wall niche accommodating two cremated remains. First bronze plaque included.
$3,364.00
Lawn 2 Niche Wall
Single and double niches available.
From $1,670.00
St Matthew Memorial Garden
A bushland garden site with the ability to accommodate two cremated remain. First bronze plaque included.
$3,364.00
Mausoleum Columbarium
Indoor Marble niche wall located within the Mausoleum of the Resurrection, accommodating two cremated remains. First bronze plaque included.
$5,018.00
Lithuanian Niche Wall
Single niche wall, plaque included.
$1,670.00
Garden of Tranquility Package
Double Garden Niche, accommodating two cremated remains. Two cremated remains interments. Granite Sloper and Two Bronze Plaques.
$6,022.00
Charles O’Neill Memorial Garden
Double Garden Niche, accommodating two cremated remains. Two interments and Two Bronze Plaques.
$3,744.00

Other

Cremated Remains Interment $715.70

Packages

Waterway Niche Package
Single garden niche, including Cremated Remains Interment and the use of the Waterway Chapel for an intimate memorial service. Memorial Plaque.
$1,628.00
Pre Paid Waterway Chapel Cremation & Niche Package
Cremation Service in the Western Sydney Crematorium. Single garden niche including Cremated Remains Interment and the use of the Waterway Chapel for an intimate memorial service. Memorial Plaque.
$2,442.00
Memorial Chair Package
A wooden memorial chair site with the ability to accommodate up to four cremated remains. Four Cremated Remains Interments, including the use of the Waterway Chapel for intimate memorial services. Central Memorial Plaque affixed to seat and four individual bronze plaques.
$13,500.00
Memorial Tree Package
A Memorial tree site accommodating up to eight cremated remains. Eight Cremated Remains Interments, including the use of the Waterway Chapel for intimate memorial services. Central Plaque at base of the tree and individual bronze memorial plaques.
$16,848.00
Station of the Cross Package
One of the 14 large Granite Pillar sites provides a unique memorial opportunity. Each Pillar contains an original bronze artwork by Ingrid Morley depicting a scene from the Stations of the Cross.
$33,742.00

LIVERPOOL CEMETERY

Prices are effective as of July 15, 2016 and include GST and any Government Levies. Price subject to change without notice.

Cremation Memorial Packages

Niche Walls
Purchase price includes prepaid cremation, single niche, interment and plaque.
$1,945.00
Harmony and Memorial Rose Gardens Single
Purchase price includes double niche, two cremated remains interments and two bronze plaques.
Single $1,945.00
Harmony and Memorial Rose Gardens Double
Purchase price includes double niche, two cremated remains interments and two bronze plaques.
Double $3,781.00
Crypt Rose Garden Single
Purchase Price includes the Right of Interment for a single or double niche, interment, bronze plaque and 3 x 4 ceramic photo.
Single $3,120.00
Crypt Rose Garden Double
Purchase Price includes the Right of Interment for a single or double niche, interment, bronze plaque and 3 x 4 ceramic photo.
Double $5,850.00
Reflection Niche Garden Package
Purchase price includes the Right of Interment for a single niche, interment, bronze plaque.
$1,664.00
Reflection Garden Cremation Package
Purchase price includes cremation, single niche, interment, bronze plaque.
 $2,517.00
Waterway Garden Package
Purchase price includes cremation, single niche, interment, bronze plaque.
$6,016.00
Family Memorial Estates
Purchase price includes the Right of Interment for family niche garden (8-10 spaces), bronze plaques, 3 x 4 ceramic photos and interments.
$19,448.00

KEMPS CREEK CEMETERY

Prices are effective as of 15 July 2017, all prices include GST and Government Levies. Price subject to change without notice.

Cremation Memorials

Bethany Niche Gardens
Purchase price includes the Right of Interment for double niche, and first bronze plaque.
$1,676.00
Memorial Rose Garden Package
Purchase price includes the Right of Interment for double niche, and first bronze plaque.
$3,255.00

GREENDALE CEMETERY

Prices are effective as of 15 July 2016, all prices include GST and Government Levies. Price subject to change without notice.

Cremation Memorials

Single Niche Wall
Purchase price includes single niche and bronze plaque.
$1,676.00

ROOKWOOD CEMETERY

Prices are effective as of 15 July 2017, all prices include GST and Government Levies. Price subject to change without notice.

Saint Lucia Crypt Packages

Single Double
Level 1 Crypt Package $36,420.00 $72,840.00
Level 2 Crypt Package $38,563.00 $77,126.00
Level 3 Crypt Package $36,420.00 $72,840.00
Level 4 Crypt Package $32,135.00 $64,270.00
Vault Package (12 Spaces) $428,000.00
Vault Package (16 Spaces) $567,735.00

Available in single and double configurations. Includes imported granite panel, vase and lamp and customised inscription and interment.

LIVERPOOL CEMETERY

Prices are effective as of 15 July 2017, all prices include GST and Government Levies. Price subject to change without notice.

Mary Mackillop Crypts

Double Crypt $53,648.00

Mount Carmel Mausoleum

Double Crypt $56,679.00

All Saints Crypts

Double Crypt $47,689.00

Gallery of Angels Crypts

Double Crypt $61,859.00

St Padre Pio Crypt Packages

Single Double
Level 1 Single Crypt Package $30,160.00 $60,320.00
Level 2 Single Crypt Package $34,865.00 $69,730.00
Level 3 Single Crypt Package $30,160.00 $60,320.00
Level 4 Single Crypt Package $27,768.00 $55,536.00
Padre Pio Vault Package (4 Spaces) $138,320.00

ROOKWOOD CEMETERY

Prices are effective as of 15 July 2017 and include GST and Government Levies. Our fees include the use of the chapel and a chapel coordinator for a 1 hour service. A 30 minute interval is scheduled between each time slot to allow for cleaning and set up prior to the next service. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Cremation and Chapel Services

Monday – Friday Saturday
Adult Pre Paid Cremation Service $1,060.00
Adult Cremation Service $1,344.20 $1,884.20
No Service No Attendance Cremation $789.20 $1,279.20

Babies and Children

Monday – Friday Saturday
Stillborn – 1 Year Cremation Service $412.00 $902.00
Child 1 Year – 12 Years Cremation Service $750.00 $1,240.00

Other

Use of Chapel Only (1 Hour) $365.00
Additional ½ Hour Chapel Time $222.00
Late Fee (Every 30 minute interval or part thereof) $360.00
Witness Insertion * Prior booking essential $350.00
Webcast of Service (Mary, Mother of Mercy chapel only) $225.00
Cemetery Catholic Clergy Fee $314.00
Cremation of retained organs NIL
Postage & Packaging of Cremated Remains POA

Presentations and Music

Our chapel coordinator will be available to assist with audio visual presentations and music throughout the service. To ensure compatibility, all presentations must be tested at least 24 hours prior to the service. Please contact our office on 9649 6423 between 8.00am – 4.00pm to arrange an appointment to test audio visual presentations.

DVD Recordings

One complimentary DVD recording of the service is available on request. This is usually available immediately following the service and will be handed to the funeral director.

LIVERPOOL CEMETERY

Prices are effective as of 15 July 2016 and include GST and Government Levies. Our fees include the use of the chapel and a chapel coordinator for a 1 hour service. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Cremation Services

Adult Cremation Service ( Monday – Friday) $1,344.20
Adult Cremation Service (Saturday) $1,884.20
No Service No Attendance Cremation ( Monday – Friday) $789.20
No Service No Attendance Cremation (Saturday) $1,279.20
Stillborn – 1 Year Cremation Service (Monday – Friday) $412.00
Stillborn – 1 Year Cremation Service (Saturday) $902.00
Child 1 Year – 12 Years Cremation Service (Monday – Friday) $750.00
Child 1 Year – 12 Years Cremation Service (Saturday) $1,240.00

Other

Use of Chapel Only (1 Hour) $365.00
Additional ½ Hour Chapel Time $222.00
Late Fee (Every 30 minute interval or part thereof) $360.00

ROOKWOOD CEMETERY

Prices are effective as of 15 July 2017, all prices include GST and Government Levies. Price subject to change without notice.

Right of Interment

Cemetery Lawn Grave $6,489.00
Monumental Lawn Grave $5,782.00
Monumental Section Grave $4,150.00
Children’s Grave (0-7yrs) includes interment $2,105.00
Priest Lawn Grave $5,782.00

Below Ground Interment

Monday – Friday Saturday
1st In Ground Interment $2,973.45 $3,272.45
2nd / 3rd In Ground Interment $2,951.30 $3,250.30
Child 0-12 years In Ground Interment $1,536.00 $1,868.00

Above Ground Interment

Monday – Friday Saturday
1st Above Ground Interment $2,612.55 $2,932.45
2nd / 3rd Above Ground Interment $2,590.40 $2,909.30
Child 0-12 years Above Ground Interment $1,355.00 $1,560.00

Other

Cremated Remains Interment $716.20
Use of Chapel (1 Hour)– Sacred Heart, Mausoleum, St Michaels, Way of the Cross Open Air Pavilion $365.00
Additional ½ Hour Chapel Time $222.00
Late Fee (Every 30 minute interval or part thereof) $360.00
Sand (To cover coffin only) $217.00
Cemetery Catholic Clergy Fee $314.00

NORTH ROCKS CEMETERY

Prices are effective as of 15 July 2017, all prices include GST and Government Levies. Price subject to change without notice.

Right of Interment

Cemetery Lawn Grave $6,489.00
Monumental Section Grave $4,150.00

Below Ground Interment

Monday – Friday Saturday
In Ground interment $2,693.00 $2,992.00
Child 0-12 years In Ground Interment $1,336.00 $1,668.00

Other

Cremated Remains Interment $692.00
Late Fee (Every 30 minute interval or part thereof) $360.00
Cemetery Catholic Clergy Fee $314.00

LIVERPOOL CEMETERY

Prices are effective as of 15 July 2017, all prices include GST and Government Levies. Price subject to change without notice.

Right of Interment

Plaque Lawn Grave $9,483.00
Lawn Grave $12,370.00
Monumental Section Grave $12,034.00
Baby Lawn Grave (0-1 Years) $2,357.00
Children’s Grave (1-12 Years) includes interment $3,406.00
Asian Section Grave $18,896.00

Below Ground Interment

Monday – Friday Saturday
1st Below Ground Interment $2,773.45 $3,072.45
2nd / 3rd Below Ground Interment $2,751.30 $3,050.30
Child 0-12 years Below Ground Interment $1,336.00 $1,668.00

Above Ground Interment

Monday – Friday Saturday
1st Above Ground Interment $2,412.45 $2,732.45
2nd / 3rd Above Ground Interment $2,390.30 $2,710.30
Child 0-12 years Above Ground Interment $1,155.00 $1,360.00

Other

Cremated Remains Interment $716.20
Use of Chapel (1 Hour) $365.00
Additional ½ Hour Chapel Time $222.00
Late Fee (Every 30 minute interval or part thereof) $360.00
Condolence Room Hire 2 hours (Monday-Friday) $365.00
Condolence Room Hire 2 hours (Saturday) $602.00
Slab Removal $530.00
Concrete & Chip break in and repair $810.00

KEMPS CREEK CEMETERY

Prices are effective as of 15 July 2016, all prices include GST and Government Levies. Price subject to change without notice.

Right of Interment

Cemetery Lawn Grave $6,489.00
Monumental Lawn Grave Package $13,000.00
Plaque Lawn Grave $4,326.00
St Francis Natural Burial Grave $3,266.00

Below Ground Interment

Weekday Adult Burial Interment $2,693.00
Saturday Adult Burial Interment $2,992.00
Weekday Child 0-12 Years Below Ground Interment $1,336.00
Saturday Child 0-12 Years Below Ground Interment $1,668.00
Cremated Remains Interment $692.00

OTHER FEES

Use of Pavilion (1 Hour) $365.00
Late Fee (Every 30 minute interval or part thereof) $360.00
Cemetery Catholic Clergy Fee $314.00

GREENDALE CEMETERY

Prices are effective as of 15 July 2016, all prices include GST and Government Levies. Price subject to change without notice.

Right of Interment

Cemetery Lawn Grave $6,489.00
Monumental Section Grave $5,782.00

Cemetery Fees

Monday – Friday Saturday
Below Ground Interment $2,693.00 $2,992.00
Child 0-12 Years Below Ground Interment $1,336.00 $1,668.00
Cremated Remains Interment $692.00

Other Fees

Late Fee (Every 30 Minute interval or part thereof) $360.00
Cemetery Catholic Clergy Fee $314.00

Cremation Memorials

Single Niche Wall $1,676.00

Who is responsible for refurbishment or repairs on graves and memorials?

The family are responsible for the refurbishment of Sections graves and will need to engage a stonemason to complete the work. For Lawn Graves and Plaques the family can organise the refurbishment through our office for a fee.

What do I do with the ashes after the cremation?

This is a personal choice, but memorialisation is an important part of the grieving process and provides a connection for friends and family as well as for future generations. Memorialisation can include a niche wall or garden or placement within a family grave. Some families choose to divide the ashes to keep at home as well as creating a permanent tribute at the cemetery.

When do I have to organise the plaque?

Organizing a suitable plaque needs time and consideration.  Rest assured there is no need to rush into this process; there are no time limits for organizing a plaque.

Who has the right to authorise a plaque?

Only the registered owner(s) of the grave/niche or personal representative of the owner(s) such as Power of Attorney, can authorize a plaque.  In the event that there is more than one registered owner, all owners must approve and sign for the plaque. If you are unsure as to whom the registered owner/s are, please contact the cemetery office to confirm

What if the owner is deceased?

This depends on how many owners there are.

  • When there is One Owner
    When the registered owner passes away, current NSW legislation states that the grave/niche becomes part of the deceased’s estate.  The ownership of the grave/niche may transfer to the beneficiaries of the owner’s estate.  A copy of the Last Will and Testament must be produced to the Cemetery office to determine the new rightful owner/s.
  •  Joint Owners
    When a joint owner passes away, the ownership of the grave/niche reverts to the remaining owner/s.

Am I restricted in what I can include on the plaque?

There are a couple of things to keep in mind when organizing the plaque:

1. The person’s legal name (as provided in official documentation and recorded in the cemetery register) must be stated at the top of the plaque. However, this does not prohibit nicknames, abbreviations or maiden names from being included.

2. There is generally a maximum number of characters that can be fitted onto the plaque, please refer to your order form for character limits.

3. The design layout and font type used on the plaque has been carefully selected to ensure that the text will be legible and the quality of the plaque will not be compromised. Requests for changes to the set plaque format may not always be able to be accommodated

Can I have languages other than English?

Yes inscriptions in other languages are permitted; simply provide an English translation when ordering. NB: Inscriptions in other languages may attract additional fees.

Can I order a photo to be placed on the plaque?

Most of the larger plaques are able to accommodate a ceramic photo. Please refer to your plaque order form for further information.

Can I have a Military Insignia on my plaque?

Yes, but you do need to apply for permission to use Returned Services and Australian military insignia on a memorial plaque, contact the Office of Australian War Graves, PO Box 21, Woden ACT 2606 Australia or telephone 02 6289 1111.

How long does it take for the plaque to be completed?

It takes up to 8 weeks for the plaque to be made and installed from the date the final approved proof and payment (if applicable) is received by the cemetery.

How long does it take for the photo to be completed?

It takes up to 12 weeks for the photo to be made and installed from the date ordered and payment is received by the cemetery.

Why does the plaque take so long to be made?

Creating a plaque is an involved process using several technologies, including electronics and order entry, computer graphic designs and polymer plate technology, pattern making, sand casting with molten metal and finishing with sand blasting, tooling, spray painting and curing.

What if I change my mind or make a mistake?

Once the approved proof is received by the Cemetery Office, the plaque order is exported to the bronze foundry and production of the plaque cast commences. Once cast, any alteration to the plaque will require a complete remake of the product. Please note that additional charges may apply for any alterations once this process commences.

What are my payment options?

Payments can be made by cash, cheque/money order, EFTPOS or Visa/MasterCard.

How do I change ownership of a grave?

It depends on the circumstances of ownership, and if there is no will you may be required to provide a death certificate and the application may need to be signed by all of the next of kin (for example all of the children of the deceased will be joint owners of the grave). Please find our application for Updating Burial License Form to begin the process, but please contact the cemetery office as we can assist you to make the process easier.

What do I do to get a headstone engraved or a plaque?

Commence by filling out the appropriate form for plaques. You can then choose your tribute text, appropriate borders and other decoration such as photographs and military insignia. This process is managed by the cemetery office in conjunction with the stone mason. See the list of available stone masons.

Why do I have to pay opening and closing fees on my family crypt?

This fee contributes to the Cemeteries perpetual maintenance as well Crown Levy Necropolis Fee, State Burial Levy, Cemetery fee (liability etc).

Do I have to use a funeral director?

In NSW it is very difficult to arrange a funeral without a Funeral Director due to health and legal requirements. The Cemetery requests that registered Funeral Directors are used to ensure compliance with regulations, this ensures safety is adhered to during the service.

Funeral directors sometimes refer to “up to the cemetery gates”. What does this mean?

A funeral director generally makes arrangements for a funeral “up to the gates” referring to the arrangements before the service, the transport to (and sometimes from) the cemetery. Chapel, interment, condolence lounge and catering are arranged through the cemetery.

Can the casket be open during a service in the Chapel?

Yes, this can be arranged by request with your funeral director. With approval from the priest or minister and compliance with cemetery rules.

How can I ensure that my wishes as to burial or cremation are carried out when I die?

Instructions should be provided to the person who will be responsible for your funeral arrangements when you die. It is also recommended that the instructions are written in your Will.

What can be pre-purchased?

Everything is available for pre-purchase – Graves, Crypts, Niches and Cremations including chapel services and memorialisation.

Does it cost more to pre-purchase?

No, it does not cost more to pre-purchase, but it does offer the advantage of securing your funeral at today’s prices, as well as ensuring that last wishes are fulfilled.

I need to organise a funeral and I can’t afford it, what do I do?

Funeral Alliance Solutions can offer an on demand funeral loan that can be repaid. The funeral will be paid immediately, and the amount will be repaid in installments as a loan, or repay the outstanding amount when the estate releases the funds.

Who owns the grave?

No one owns a grave. A Right of Interment is held by the person who orders the burial or pre-purchases the grave. This means the holder of a Right of Interment is responsible for approving any burials and any memorialisation.

Who maintains the cemetery grounds and memorials?

Catholic Cemeteries & Crematoria is responsible for maintaining the gardens and ensures that pathways are maintained for safe access by visitors. We will repair any damages incurred during our general maintenance.

I am not Catholic; can I still use the services of Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria?

Yes, Catholic Cemeteries & Crematoria is open to the Christian community and we can assist you with finding a clergy to conduct your service if required.

I do not have a regular place of worship to hold a service, what do I do?

We have a range of chapels available to conduct burial services, which you can choose one that best suits your personal style and the size of the congregation in attendance. We also have lounges available for gathering afterwards, which makes it easy for all by staying within the cemetery.

How does Catholic Cemeteries & Crematoria cater for different religions and ethnic groups?

We understand the importance of being buried with people of the same faith and community group and we have available a variety of lawns including Korean, Vietnamese, Polish and Maronite. Please inquire with our customer service staff about your individual needs.

Is there a time limit on graves?

No, All graves purchased for burials are owned by the family in perpetuity. The exception is Sydney Natural Burial Park, which as an environmentally sustainable resting place, has tenure of 30 years.

What is the difference between a traditional section grave, a monumental grave and a lawn grave?

A lawn grave is generally a simple plaque that is level with the ground and offers a very natural and peaceful setting.

A monumental lawn headstone allows a more personalized decorative tribute to be erected.

A traditional section grave includes the grave covering as well as the headstone and can be made from various types of stone if required.

How many interments can take place in a grave?

The traditional section graves can accommodate two, whereas lawn or monumental graves can accommodate three. Cremated remains may also be interred. Families wishing to have the option to bury up to three individuals within one plot should advise their funeral director at the time of the first burial taking place so that the grave can be dug to a greater depth.

Can I have a funeral on a Saturday or Sunday?

Yes, funerals can be arranged on Saturdays by prior arrangement; however there is an additional cost factor involved, Services are not offered on a Sunday.

Can my family select a grave for me when the time comes?

Yes, your family may personally select a grave at any of our cemeteries. Our staff who will show you the available sites.

Do I go straight to the gravesite or do I wait?

With both cremations and burials, the funeral cortege will arrive at the main driveway where it will wait until the scheduled time. Mourners will then fall in behind the cars and proceed to the place of commitment.

I am planning ahead, what can be pre-purchased?

You may pre-purchase a grave, or a memorial placement. A separate certificate is issued for all pre-purchases. Catholic Cemeteries & Crematoria provides pre-need agreements for the following: grave sites, memorial sites, cremations, and mausoleum crypt entitlements. Some funeral directors can also arrange pre-need agreements for their services.

What mementoes can I place at the grave?

Fresh Flowers are permitted but anything left on the lawn or concrete beam will be removed to allow us to carry out maintenance.  Any item which can be broken may cause injury to our staff and other visitors.  Items such as glass/ceramic vases and artificial flowers are not allowed as they often get caught in lawn mowers causing injuries.

IS CREMATION MORE EXPENSIVE THAN BURIAL?

Cremation is cheaper than burial, and we offer the most affordable cremation services in Sydney. Memorialisation is an additional cost but there are many personal options available for different budgets.

DOES THE CREMATION TAKE PLACE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE SERVICE?

The cremation will follow as soon as is practicably possible, (by law, the cremation must take place within 48 hours.)

ARE THERE FACILITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CEMETERY TO MEET AFTER THE SERVICE?

The Mary, Mother of Mercy Chapel and Crematorium has an adjoining condolence lounge specially designed to enable both small and large groups to gather. There is also a smaller lounge at the Sacred Heart Chapel for more intimate gatherings.  From refreshments to full service catering can be arranged. Liverpool Cemetery also has chapel and condolence lounges to follow a cremation service.

CAN CATHOLICS BE CREMATED?

Yes, cremation has been acceptable since 1963, and we should respect the remains in the same way we do burial.  Families have the option of celebrating the Eucharist or simply a funeral liturgy within our Catholic Chapels. Others may prefer to celebrate mass in their local parish church, and conduct the cremation at the crematorium.

I AM NOT CATHOLIC, CAN I STILL USE THE SERVICES OF CATHOLIC CEMETERIES AND CREMATORIA?

Yes, Catholic Cemeteries & Crematoria is open to the Christian community and we can assist you with finding a clergy to conduct your service if required.

MY PARTNER AND I HAVE DIFFERENT PREFERENCE BETWEEN BURIAL AND CREMATION, CAN WE STILL BE TOGETHER?

The ashes of one partner can be interred in the grave of the person preferring burial, and both can be memorialised at the grave.

IS THE COFFIN CREMATED WITH THE BODY STILL IN IT?

Yes

HOW DO I KNOW I HAVE THE RIGHT CREMATED REMAINS?

The coffin is identified with a label which follows the coffin throughout the entire procedure. Only one cremation is ever carried out in a chamber at one time and the remains are withdrawn from the chamber before it can be used again.

IS THE COFFIN CREMATED WITH THE BODY AND IS THERE MORE THAN ONE COFFIN CREMATED AT ONE TIME?

The coffin is cremated with the body and the size of the cremator does not permit more than one coffin to be cremated at any given time.

HOW LONG AFTER CREMATION DO I HAVE TO WAIT TO PICK UP THE CREMATED REMAINS?

Generally they are available with 24 hrs of the cremation taking place.

WHAT DOES CATHOLIC CEMETERIES AND CREMATORIA RECOMMEND FOR THE FINAL MEMORIAL OF CREMATED REMAINS?

The Catholic Church believe cremated remains should be treated with the same respect with which we treat the body, so cremated remains should be placed in a family grave, crypt, niche wall or cemetery garden and memorialised by a headstone or plaque.

IS IT TRUE THAT PACEMAKERS OR RADIOACTIVE IMPLANTS MUST BE REMOVED BEFORE CREMATION?

Yes, these implants can explode at high temperatures, not only causing damage to the cremator, but also placing crematorium staff at risk.