Funeral Costs: The Average Cost of a Funeral in Cleveland - Akron, Ohio

    December 26, 2012 0 Comments


The Average Cost of a Funeral Service in Cleveland - Akron, Ohio

You might be surprised to learn that the average cost of a funeral in the Greater Cleveland area – whether a burial or cremation – is less than the average cost of a funeral nationally.

What’s the average cost of a funeral service in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio?

Did you know that there are about 250 funeral homes in the Cleveland area? You might wonder how a funeral planner is supposed to choose the best funeral home in Cleveland with so many choices and so little time. My recommendation? One of the first things you should do is create a budget that will guide your decision-making process, from choosing a funeral home to choosing specific funeral services.

To start, take a look at the information below on the average costs of funeral services in the Cleveland area and across the nation. eFuneral collected and compiled this pricing data in 2012 from over 1,000 funeral homes across the nation. And if you’re interested, download the full Price Index report for Cleveland – Akron, Ohio, which includes a full glossary of funeral-related terms along with pricing information for the region (you may also access the report here: http://bit.ly/funeral_costs_cleveland_akron).

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 the Cleveland – Akron area

The average cost for a typical burial service in the Cleveland area is $8,185 – which is 4.51% 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 $3,521 – which is 5.55% 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 Cleveland – Akron area averages $2,105

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 Cleveland – Akron area, the least expensive immediate burial is $850, while the most expensive is $4,985.

A direct cremation in the Cleveland – Akron area averages $1,824

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 Cleveland – Akron area, the least expensive direct cremation is $653, while the most expensive is $3,995.

Do you have any questions about planning a funeral service in Cleveland? Let us know in the comments section below!

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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