Why Plan Ahead?
From starting the conversation, to deciding between burial and cremation, to putting the plans into place, we understand how personal this process can be.
Planning ahead offers you peace of mind, and saves your family from making difficult decisions at an overwhelming time.
With many further benefits and various options to suit your preferences, our friendly client services team is here to guide you through the steps of planning ahead.
Steps to Planning Ahead
Start the Conversation
Contact our friendly client services team, who will explain our cremation options. You will come away from the conversation knowing your options.
Book an Appointment
After you have decided on cremation, together we will complete the required paperwork and discuss your payment options.
You will receive your prepaid cremation certificate and payment confirmation. Place these with your Will, and inform family members.
We can offer information on the wide range of memorial options, offering a symbolic place which can be shared with family, friends and future generations.
Start the Conversation
Contact our friendly client services team, who will discuss your preferred location, burial and interment options. From this, you will know your options.
Book an Appointment
Our friendly client services team will show you the available burial options in person, at your preferred location, and assist you in making a selection.
Following your selection, together we will complete the required paperwork and discuss your payment options.
You will receive your prepaid Right of Interment certificate and receipt. Place these with your Will, and inform family members.
Benefits to Planning Ahead
Final wishes, fulfilled
Take comfort in knowing you will be memorialised in the way you wish.
Peace of mind
Free yourself from the worry about what will happen at the time of need.
Allow your loved ones to focus on remembrance and healing.
Avoid the increase in the cost of products and services over time.
Financial burden, eased
Interest free payments in monthly instalments, with guaranteed prices.
An opportunity to have your final resting place close by to loved ones.
We offer an extensive range of products and services across our 22 locations, with varying costs. The price of these products and services are influenced by the decisions you make about memorialisation and celebration of life services.
Flexible Payment Plans are available to ease any financial burden.
Working in Collaboration
Funeral Directors that can support you in making funeral arrangements.
Monumental Stonemasons that can support you in establishing a memorial.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can be pre-purchased?
Almost everything is available to be pre-purchased, including graves, burial fees, cremations, cremation memorials and chapel fees. Please contact our friendly client services team to discuss your options.
Does it cost more to pre-purchase?
No, it does not cost more to pre-purchase. In fact, pre-purchasing protects you from future price increases with the added benefit of ensuring your last wishes are fulfilled.
How will my family know if I have pre-payments?
Following a pre-payment, we recommend talking to your family about what you have organised and placing relevant forms with your other important documentation, e.g. your Will. At the time of need, this prepayment can be discussed with your chosen funeral director, who will liaise with our team.
Do you offer payment plans?
Geelong Cemeteries Trust offers Flexible Payment Plans, which may ease financial burden. You can find out more about Flexible Payment Plans here.
Why is it important to organise a memorial?
Many people find comfort in having a place to visit and reflect after the passing of a loved one, even if the loved one rests elsewhere. A memorial is a symbolic place shared with family, friends and future generations. Geelong Cemeteries Trust offers a range of memorial options within our locations. Contact our friendly client services team to discuss these options.
I don't know where to start. Can you help me?
Start by contacting our friendly team. We’re here to help and welcome any questions you may have.
Book a Chat
Request a call from our friendly client services team to discuss planning ahead.