Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria, and the second largest city in Australia. Situated on Port Phillip Bay, the wider metropolitan area is home to over 4.5 million people, living across 31 municipalities. There are over 40 funeral directors operating across these municipalities, providing Melbourne citizens with funeral services after the death of a loved one.
The population of Melbourne is one of the most diverse in Australia, with more than a third of its residents born overseas. People from the UK, India, China, Italy and New Zealand have made Melbourne their home, to name but a few of the cultures and nationalities that live here. Melbourne has the largest Greek-speaking population outside Europe, as well as a large Jewish community, many of Polish heritage.
As a result, funeral directors in Melbourne are likely to be accustomed to a wide variety of cultural and religious traditions when it comes to funeral arrangements. Although the majority identify as Catholic, there are substantial numbers of Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus living in Melbourne.
Certain funeral homes may specialise in providing certain religious services, while others are able to meet the needs of any religion or culture. Additionally, nearly a quarter of Melburnians identify as having no religious affiliation, meaning that funeral directors often provide secular funeral services, too.
Melbourne’s communities are served by several burial grounds in and around the city. The historical Melbourne General Cemetery now has limited burial and mausoleum space, but still provides cremation memorial options. Many of the city’s burial grounds with plots still available are owned and managed by The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, which oversees no fewer than 19 cemeteries.
For those with religious requirements, there are several burial grounds dedicated to those of Jewish faith, while Springvale Botanical Cemetery has a Feng Shui-designed garden for Buddhist burials and the interment of cremation ashes.
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