How to choose a burial casket or coffin

Press Release   •   Feb 16, 2011 21:39 GMT

Death is generally followed by overbearing sorrow and distress, leaving family and friends inconsolable and emotionally overwhelmed by the death of a loved one. The concept of funeral planning stems from people trying to refrain from leaving loved ones to shoulder the burden of making decisions at such a difficult time. However, making proper preparations for the funeral still requires to be attended to and this will need the selection of an appropriate casket.

Set a budget for the casket. Although it is extremely difficult to be able to focus on the quality, price and other aspects of a casket that you intend to purchase during this emotionally tiring and traumatic time. In case the departed had already made his or her preferences known for the casket, or if a particular kind of casket is a cultural requirement for the deceased person’s family then this job becomes much easier.

Match the casket to your size. This is a crucial part of the decision-making process, as it does not help to choose a casket in which your body will not fit. You can find caskets in several shapes, designs and sizes for which prices change accordingly. You are a small person and you have chosen an oversize casket, the presentation of the corpse will look all wrong. Similarly, if you are a larger person, choosing a smaller-sized casket may result in your loved ones having to choose a different style to better accommodate your body type. And they are usually divided into two broad categories, funeral caskets and burial caskets. While the funeral casket is meant for the body to be visible during the memorial service, the burial casket is typically only appropriate for burial purposes.

Consider casket material, caskets are ranging from metal, fibre, wood, and even marble caskets for the deceased’s last journey. If quality is important to you, then consider the material of the casket you choose. Wood is a common choice from different types of wood like mahogany, maple, oak etc could be made. Polished to perfection, wooden caskets are of good quality and they look elegant with a shiny feel, but their rates are also generally higher. On the other hand, metal caskets, which are generally cheaper, come in copper, bronze, and stainless steel and are available in an array of colors and designs. However, for durability, stainless steel or titanium is the way to go. Just keep in mind that these materials are inherently more pricey than the more common wood option.

Environmental awareness among many customers has opened up a growing market for a wide variety of caskets made of materials that are environment friendly. With these, the used material bio degrades and does not cause any harm to the environment. If the deceased person was a strong supporter of environmental safety then this casket could be your best tribute to your near and dear one.

Get comments from family members, Although you plan the bulk of the funeral service, your loved ones will have to implement it, so ask for their comment on casket selection. Sometimes, people around you may think of aspects that you may not, such as if you are going to be buried with a treasured item, how it will fit in the casket or how your casket selection matches up with your other funeral choices. This might seems like a morbid to some, it saves a great deal of heartache for family and friends in the end.