According to the National Funeral Directors Association of America over 30% of Ohio residents chose cremation over other forms of disposition in 2010. That’s a growth of over 26% from 2000 (Cremation Association of North America).

You might be asking yourself why more people are choosing cremation? While some people cite reasons such as:

  • Saves Land (13%)
  • Simpler (8%)
  • Environment (6%)
  • Personal preference (6%)


The main reason the average consumer chooses cremation over a traditional funeral service with burial is the cost of cremation is far less. Thirty percent of those surveyed gave cost as their reason for deciding to choose cremation.

So how does the average cost of a cremation compare to other funeral costs and to burials?

The average cost of a funeral at a traditional funeral home today is about $6,500, including the typical $2,000-or-more cost of a casket. Add a burial vault, and the average jumps to around $7,700. A cremation, by contrast, typically costs a third of those amounts, or less.

If you keep it simple, though, the average cost of a cremation, including a basic memorial service, runs about $1,600. If you choose Cleveland Burial and Cremation at Malloy Esposito for a direct cremation and hold a memorial service at your church, synagogue, or home, the cost will drop well below that national average. Please use our services to see exactly how much you can save by choosing us.

For your benefit we also compiled pricing information for simple cremations performed by funeral homes and cremation services in the Cleveland, Lorain and Akron metro areas that advertise their cremation costs. We found the average cost of a simple cremation to be $1,822. This includes transportation, preparation, and cremation of the deceased. It doesn’t include additional cash advance fees such as death certificates or newspaper obituaries.

Interestingly enough, if you remove the cremation and simple burial services, the average cremation cost in the Cleveland area jumps to $2,411.00.

This information is meant to give you an idea of what you might pay for specific cremation services – on average, across the nation and in the Cleveland metro area.