Funeral Costs: The Average Cost of a Funeral in Atlanta, Georgia

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The Average Cost of a Funeral in Atlanta, Georgia

You might be surprised to learn that the average cost of a funeral in Atlanta – whether a burial or cremation – is greater than the average cost of a funeral nationally.

What’s the average cost of a funeral service in Atlanta, Georgia?

Did you know that the average cost of a burial service in Atlanta is $9,440? That’s almost $900 more than the national average, according to general price list data eFuneral collected directly from thousands of funeral homes in 11 major metropolitan areas. And did you know that the average cost for a cremation service in Atlanta is $4,379 – about $700 more than the national average?

As you’re making arrangements for a funeral service, it can be helpful to have an understanding of the average costs of 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 Atlanta, Georgia, which includes a full glossary of funeral-related terms along with pricing information for the region, you may download it from eFuneral.com (you may also access the report here: http://bit.ly/funeral_costs_atlanta). Or, you can peruse some of the key statistics for the Atlanta 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 Atlanta, Georgia

The average cost for a typical burial service is $9,440 – which is 9.3% more 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 $4,379 – which is 14.9% more 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 Atlanta area averages $2,500.
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 the Atlanta area, the least expensive immediate burial is $795, while the most expensive is $5,410.

A direct cremation in the Atlanta area averages $1,729.
A 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 the Atlanta area, the least expensive direct cremation is $595, while the most expensive is $3,640.

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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