Laying a loved one to rest is an emotional time for everyone involved. Unless they’ve pre-planned their funeral arrangements, you’ll need to select a casket for them to be buried in if that was their wish. While you’re in the grieving process, this is a difficult position to be in.
If you’re planning a funeral, selecting a casket is one of the list of the many things you’ll need to address.
Let’s discuss what to consider when selecting a casket to make the process a bit easier.
Difference Between a Casket and Coffin
First, the question is often asked, what’s the difference between a casket and a coffin?
A casket is rectangular in shape, made of wood or metal, and has a split lid for viewing. A coffin, on the other hand, is hexagonal or octagonal-shaped, often made of pine or maple, and has no split opening.
Caskets are the popular choice in the U.S., with coffins used more in the United Kingdom.
Work With a Funeral Provider
Find a funeral provider that’s near the funeral location and make an appointment to see their selection of caskets and what other services they can handle for you. Make a list of questions to ask beforehand so that if the process becomes too overwhelming, you have something written down you can refer to.
Many funeral providers have pre-plan packages and are professionals in the field of funerals and grieving counseling. Consult with them to determine what the best plan is for your situation.
Know Your Budget
When reviewing caskets, there are several options to consider. Establishing a budget is key. Casket prices can vary anywhere from $800 to $10,000. Things to consider in your selection include personalization options such as engravings or a memory drawer to store keepsakes. Additionally, you’ll need to know the appropriate size needed.
Furthermore, there’s a selection of cloth for the interior and pillow to choose from, such as silk, velvet, cotton, and crepe. Wood options include cherry, mahogany, cedar, and walnut.
If you’re not a fan of wood (or your loved one wasn’t either), go with metal. You can pick a casket crafted entirely out of your choice of metal
Is Cremation an Option?
If the cost becomes too prohibitive for a casket, then consider cremation. Only a mortuary offers cremations. This option can be available from the funeral home or a third-party. Once the loved one is cremated, pick an urn, which can be biodegradable. There are many designs to choose from that can reflect your loved one’s beliefs and personality, be it religious, environmental, or simplistic.
We’re Here to Help
Understanding your options, budget and your loved ones preferences will help make the selection of a casket a little easier. Find comfort in knowing your efforts will be appreciated by caring family and friends.
Being on a budget doesn’t mean your loved one has to go without a quality casket. There are plenty of options to choose from when you know what to look for. We hope this blog has been helpful in determining your needs and narrowing down your selection.
Looking to pre-plan a funeral or select a casket or urn? Contact us today.
As a private and family-owned funeral provider, Mile High Mortuary & Cremation Service offers traditional funeral and cremation services with over 30 years experience in assisting families during their time of need.