Pre-planning a funeral | Brisbane City Council

Pre-planning a funeral

Planning a funeral in advance can relieve family and friends of the burden of planning and financing arrangements at a stressful and emotional time. Pre-planning a funeral enables you to leave clear instructions to ensure your wishes are carried out.

Brisbane City Council has three crematoria and nine cemeteries with available burial plots 

Pre-purchasing a burial site, cremation or ashes memorial ensures you pay at today's current prices. There will be no further costs from the cemetery. 

You can make part-payments on a pre-purchased cemetery site online.

Pre-planning for a burial

When pre-planning a burial at a Council cemetery, carry out and consider the following points.

  1. Contact the cemetery to arrange an appointment to:
    • pay for interment in an already pre-purchased family grave, or
    • view available burial plots including the type and location of the grave
    • have a Council officer show you the allocated lawn beam grave and complete paperwork (lawn beam graves are allocated by the next available grave).
  2. Where the service will be held:
    • at a private church
    • in a chapel in the cemetery grounds (can be pre-purchased with your burial plot at PinnarooHemmant and Mount Gravatt cemeteries), or
    • at the graveside.
  3. Contact a funeral director about:
    • arranging a coffin
    • flowers
    • funeral notifications
    • legislative paperwork
    • transport
    • the location of the cemetery and pre-purchased grave location.
  4. Update your will with information about:
    • your funeral arrangements (with clear instructions for your executor).

Ensure your next of kin or carer knows where you keep your private papers.

Pre-planning for a cremation

When pre-planning a cremation at a Council crematorium, carry out and consider the following points.

  1. Contact Pinnaroo, Hemmant or Mount Gravatt crematoria to arrange an appointment to pre-purchase your cremation.
  2. Where the service will be held:
    • a private church, or
    • in the chapel on the cemetery grounds (can be pre-purchased with your cremation deed).
  3. Where you ashes will be laid to rest. Options include:
    • memorial wall or garden site in a Council cemetery (can be paid in advance)
    • interment in a family grave (can be paid in advance)
    • a memorial urn for your family to keep (can be pre-purchased and taken in advance)
    • scattering at a favourite or meaningful location (ask the Council officer about location and permission).
  4. Contact a funeral director about:
    • a memorial urn for your family to keep (can be pre-purchased and taken in advance)
    • arranging a coffin
    • flowers
    • funeral notifications
    • legislative paperwork
    • transport
    • the location of the cemetery and pre-purchased grave location.
  5. Update your will with information about:
    • your funeral arrangements (with clear instructions for your executor).

Ensure your next of kin or carer knows where you keep your private papers.

More information

Phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

 

25 March 2019