Why plan ahead?

Having a clear plan in place can help your family and friends make critical decisions during a very difficult time.

Planning ahead for death can seem overwhelming, but when our customers have a clear plan in place, the experience for their loved ones is often much less confusing and confronting.

The first step is to start the conversation – with us or with your loved ones.

The next step is to gather information. This website is an excellent place to start. Please look at our resources and the different Services We Offer.

Some things to think about :

  1.     Whether burial or cremation is the right choice for you.
  2.     Think about the cemeteries where you feel a strong connection is another great place to start when planning ahead.
  3.     Think about pre-purchasing a burial location or cremation with us.
  4.     Think about other services you might arrange in advance, such as chapel service or pre-paid interment.

Here at RPCV, we also provide you with the opportunity to plan the payment for your wishes using a payment plan arrangement so that you can spread the cost over time.

Once you have completed your research, it’s important to record your wishes clearly and let your loved ones know what they are and where to find them.


Pre-purchasing is an important part of planning ahead and provides peace of mind.

Those who are planning ahead for themselves or someone else often choose to pre-purchase their grave or cremation memorial directly from RPCV. They may also wish to pre-pay for the services associated with the burial or cremation itself.

Pre-purchasing means cemetery costs are already paid for when they’re needed. Unlike funeral insurance, which can cost more over time than the funeral itself, pre-purchasing your plot and pre-paying for your services means you only pay for what you need.

You can also pre-purchase using a payment plan that enables you to pay for your pre-purchase over time. One of our friendly Customer Care Consultants can provide further information on the different plans and payment options.

Why pre-purchase?

Pre-purchasing allows you the opportunity to visit our cemeteries and memorial parks and make an informed decision about the arrangements you’d like to put in place for yourself or a loved one. This helps ensure the family members looking after the arrangements at the time of a burial or cremation have everything they need to ensure your wishes are followed.

  • When you purchase a grave or memorial in advance, you receive a Right of Interment Permit that includes all your right of interment details.

This document should be kept in a safe place with the details of your wishes, so family and friends have everything they need. This document is also helpful to provide to your nominated funeral director at the time of need and will assist them in understanding what you have pre-purchased. It is also beneficial to note the details of your Right of Interment, cremation or burial permit in your will.

In Victoria, the prices for cemetery plots and services, while regulated by the State Government, vary in price, particularly between metropolitan and regional areas of Victoria. Each year the prices do increase by a certain percentage. It is generally cheaper to purchase a cemetery plot in a regional area such as Remembrance Parks Central Victoria than a metropolitan location.

Cemetery plots are also exempt from GST when purchased directly from a cemetery trust, but will attract GST when purchased from a funeral director.

Purchasing from us now rather than through a funeral director at the time of the service can help keep costs down.