Burial & Cremation

Should I Be Buried Or Cremated?

This can be a very emotional choice for your family. As you may have a personal preference, pre-planning or talking with your family and friends before death can relieve them of this responsibility.

Some people have a preference based upon their religious beliefs or customs. Others make their decision based on financial reasons. Whatever the reason for your preference, it is usually best to advise others of your preference or to plan your funeral in advance.


There are two elements to any burial: the land and the interment.

The fee for the land is paid once. An interment fee is usually paid for each time a coffin or casket is interred into that site. These fees are determined by individual cemeteries.

Common options for burial include lawn graves, monumental graves and mausoleums.

Existing Grave
Many families have an existing family grave that they wish to use for subsequent burials. If you have such a grave, be aware that there may be physical limitations on how the grave is used.

For example, certain coffins and caskets to do not fit into some older graves. In particular, if a coffin or casket is oversize, you may not be able to use your family grave. Always check with the cemetery to determine if the grave will meet your requirements.

New Grave
If a burial site has yet to be selected, we can help you by providing information on cemeteries and their specific requirements. You may also choose to visit the cemetery yourself to select a specific grave.

Monumental Works
Because each grave and cemetery is so different, we recommend that you talk with your cemetery to find an appropriate mason to help with your monument.



Cremation is an alternative form of disposition to burial. Cremated remains are returned to the family for you to decide whether to memorialise them, scatter them, or keep them.

Approximately 50% of families who have funerals with Nelson Bros select cremation.

What do families select?

What do families select?

Many families select a single service at our funeral home, followed by refreshments in our spacious reception rooms. They find no need to travel to a separate committal service at the crematorium when the cremation itself may not even happen that day.

What happens to the coffin or casket?

What happens to the coffin or casket?the coffin or casket is cremated with the body. This includes the handles and nameplates. When metals or plastics are exposed to the high temperature of a cremator, they naturally fuse with other surrounding materials.

Can cremated remains be scattered?

Can cremated remains be scattered?the coffin or casket is cremated with the body. This includes the handles and nameplates. When metals or plastics are exposed to the high temperature of a cremator, they naturally fuse with other surrounding materials.

Can cremated remains be scattered?

Can cremated remains be scattered?With consent of the property owner, cremated remains may be scattered on privately owned property. Some people may wish to have cremated remains scattered at public sports grounds, gardens or clubs. You should always check with the organisation first before scattering cremated remains.

Remember that scattering is not always practical for all concerned. Some families find the process traumatic. Also, later generations of the family may be disappointed they do not have a permanent place to pay tribute.

Can families witness the cremation?

Can families witness the cremation?Most crematoria have an area where immediate family may witness the cremation. Please advise us at the time of the funeral arrangement so we can organise this for you with the crematorium.

Is cremation socially and theologically accepted? Yes, most religious faiths accept cremation.

The Catholic Church does allow a person to be cremated. Preferably the cremation should take place after the funeral liturgy. The symbolism of the liturgy, the sprinkling with water, the clothing with the pall, is more meaningful if the body is present. The Church urges us to treat the cremated remains with respect. If possible, we should inter the remains in a grave, mausoleum or columbarium. (Source: Catholic Australia)

Who operates each Crematorium?

Who operates each Crematorium? All Crematoria in Victoria are run by Trusts, with trustees appointed by the State Government. Currently there are no private crematoria in our State, unlike other parts of Australia.


Cemeteries & Crematoria


Altona Memorial Park
(03) 9362 6677

Avoca Cemetery
(03) 5465 3142

Ballarat General Cemetery
(03) 5332 4772

Barrabool Hills Cemetery
(03) 5221 1077

Berwick Cemetery
(03) 9769 5975

Boroondara General Cemetery
(03) 9853 7025

Box Hill Cemetery
(03) 9890 1229

Brighton Cemetery
(03) 9578 5525

Bulla Public Cemetery
(03) 9205 2241

Bunurong Memorial Park
(03) 9788 9488

Burwood Cemetery
(03) 9808 1554

Cathcart Cemetery

Cheltenham Memorial Park
(03) 9742 8123

Cheltenham Pioneers Cemetery
(03) 9583 5814

Coburg Pine Ridge Cemetery
(03) 9355 3199

Cranbourne Cemetery Trust
(03) 5996 5300

Dandenong Public Cemetery
(03) 8558 8278

Dromana Cemetery
(03) 5950 1284

Elaine Cemetery
0407 811 830

Eltham Cemetery
(03) 9432 1963

Fawkner Crematorium & Memorial Park
(03) 9355 3100

Footscray Cemetery
(03) 9688 0299

Frankston Memorial Park (Cemetery)
(03) 9784 1813

Geelong Memorial Park
(03) 5221 1077

Gisborne Cemetery
5428 8478

Kangaroo Ground Cemetery
(03) 9712 0311

Keilor Cemetery
(03) 9331 5926

Kilmore Cemetery
(03) 5782 1079

Kyneton Cemetery
(03) 5422 6455

Lancefield Cemetery
0407 690 259

Leongatha Cemetery
03 5662 4811

Lilydale Memorial Park & Cemetery
(03) 9739 6244

Linton Cemetery
(03) 5344 7276

Maddingley Cemetery
(03) 5367 2077

Maldon Cemetery

Melbourne General Cemetery
(03) 9349 3014

Melton Cemetery
(03) 9747 7200

Mornington Cemetery
(03) 5950 1284

Northern Memorial Park
(03) 9355 3100

Preston General Cemetery
(03) 9496 1066

Rothwell (Little River) Cemetery
(03) 5283 1393

Rye Cemetery Trust
(03) 5985 1343

Sorrento Cemetery
0407 099052

Springvale Botancial Cemetery
(03) 8558 8278

St. Kilda Cemetery
(03) 9349 3014

Sunbury Public Cemetery
(03) 9205 2200

Templestowe Cemetery & Memorial Park
(03) 9846 1741

Truganina Public Cemetery
(03) 9742 0777

Warracknabeal Cemetery
(03) 5398 1691

Warrandyte (Andersons Creek) Cemetery
(03) 9844 3850

Warringal Public Cemetery
(03) 9490 4222

Werribee Cemetery
(03) 9742 8123

Williamstown Public Cemetery
(03) 9314 7822

Yan Yean Public Cemetery
(03) 9716 2619


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