Funeral Costs: The Average Cost of a Funeral in the San Francisco Bay Area

    October 15, 2013 0 Comments


San Francisco Funeral Costs

On average, funeral costs in the San Francisco Bay area are less than the national averages.

Looking for information on the average cost of a funeral in the San Francisco Bay area?

Did you know that the average cost of a burial service in the greater San Francisco area is $7,790? That’s about $800 less than the national average. And did you know that the average cost for a cremation service in San Francisco is $3,007 – more than $700 less than the national average?

As you’re making arrangements for a funeral service, it can be helpful to understand the costs associated with funeral services in your area and across the nation. That’s exactly why eFuneral collected and compiled pricing data from over 1,000 funeral homes across the nation. If you’re interested in reviewing the full Price Index report for the San Francisco Bay area, which includes a full glossary of funeral-related terms along with pricing information for the region, you may download it from eFuneral.com (or access it here: http://bit.ly/funeralcostssanfrancisco). Or, you can peruse some of the key statistics for the San Francisco Bay area below.

After looking through this information, be sure to read our tips for planning a funeral service. These include learning the rights you have as a funeral planner, as guaranteed by the federal government.

Funeral costs in San Francisco

The average cost for a typical burial service is $7,790 – which is approximately 9% less than the national average.  
A “typical burial” includes a full funeral ceremony, with a public viewing, along with the typical services associated with such a service (like professional care of the body prior to the viewing).  A typical burial service also includes local use of a hearse, limousine, and a mid-range metal casket and burial vault.  It’s important to note that the average cost does not include cash advance items or cemetery charges.

The average cost for a typical cremation service is $3,007 – which is about 20% less than the national average.
A “typical cremation” includes a full funeral ceremony, with a public viewing, along with the typical services associated with such a service (like professional care of the body prior to the viewing).  A typical cremation service also includes a mid-range urn.  It’s important to note that the average cost does not include cash advance items.

An immediate burial in the San Francisco Bay area averages $2,007.
An immediate burial (aka direct burial) is the simplest, often cheapest, burial option available. Immediate burials are chosen by those funeral planners who wish to have the deceased buried, without a service, shortly after death. The fee includes: basic services, initial transfer of deceased from place of death to funeral home, private family identification, and refrigeration of body. In San Francisco, the least expensive immediate burial is $990, while the most expensive is $3,900.

A direct cremation in the San Francisco Bay area averages $1,688.
direct cremation (aka immediate cremation) is the simplest, often cheapest, cremation option available. Direct cremations are chosen by those funeral planners who wish to have the deceased cremated shortly after death. The fee includes: basic services, initial transfer of deceased from place of death to funeral home, private family identification, refrigeration of body, and local transportation to crematory (unless on-site). In San Francisco, the least expensive direct cremation is $775, while the most expensive is $2,995.

Have questions about planning a funeral service in San Francisco?

If you have any questions as you’re making funeral arrangements, please don’t hesitate to contact any eFuneral team member. Each of us is here to guide you every step of the way. And in case you’re wondering, all of our services are free. We will never ask you for a penny!

Leah Yomtovian Roush is the Senior Manager of Strategic Development for Cleveland, Ohio-based eFuneral, a comprehensive and free online resource that enables those thinking about end-of-life to research, plan, and arrange a wide variety of funeral-related services. Leah is the editor of eFuneral's Online Resource Center, and she manages the company's marketing efforts and develops strategies for company growth. Leah also serves on the Boards of multiple non-profit organizations, helping them expand their reaches and increase their impacts.

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