The loss of a loved one can be a difficult time to make critical decisions. You want to represent the wishes of your loved one and properly celebrate their life. Hopefully your loved one left you with their wishes, so you have something to guide you through this decision-making process, including whether they want to be buried or cremated.
If your loved one indicated that they would prefer burial, then you need to pick the right casket. There are several aspects that you need to consider as you weigh the options available.
Casket or Coffin?
First, it is important to recognize the difference between a coffin and a casket. A coffin is hexagonal or octagonal, while a casket is rectangular and often has a split lid for the viewing. Caskets are popular in the U.S., so you are more likely going to want a casket over a coffin.
Understanding the Materials
Caskets also come in a variety of materials. For instance, there are high-cost materials, such as mahogany, walnut, and cherry. Medium-cost materials include oak, birch, and maple, with low-cost materials using pine, poplar, and willow.
There are also eco-friendly options, such as wicker caskets made from bamboo, willow, and sea grass. A cardboard casket is also an option, and it can be personalized digitally to reflect the life of your loved one.
Keep in mind that your material choices can impact the cost, so you need to determine your budget and work with a funeral director who can assist in finding the best options for you.
Alternative Options Are Available
However, you might want to choose an option that allows you to have a viewing and then proceed with a cremation. There are containers or caskets that can be used to be cremated with the body after your memorial service. Alternative containers are a cheaper option, such as a rental casket crafted to include a cremation container for the memorial service. Once the service is over, the cremation container is removed and the casket is returned, allowing you to have the best of both worlds.
As you can see, choosing the right casket dovetails with your choices regarding whether to have a viewing or closed casket service, as well as the wishes of your loved one. Working with an experienced mortuary or cremation service, you can find the best option for the celebration of the life of your loved one. Contact us today to discuss your loved one’s funeral service or our pre-planning options.
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.