Shawna Bell - BurialPlanning.com
March 26, 2018
Funeral customs in America have changed dramatically in the last few decades. Unlike our parents’ and grandparents’ generations, today’s families can now choose from a long list of customizations when it comes to planning how they want to say goodbye.
That includes a wide range of casket options for a fitting and personalized way to honor a loved one.
From the construction and the exterior finish to the hardware and interior materials, there are several ways to customize a casket. To help guide you and your family when you’re considering all these choices, here’s a mini-guide to casket and coffin options.
Whether you’re going the traditional in-ground burial route, considering a mausoleum, or want to bury a cremation urn within a casket (a consideration for Catholic funerals where the deceased wishes to be cremated), it’s good to know what basic materials are used in the construction of the casket’s frame. Although there are virtually dozens of choices, it ultimately comes down to metal or wood.
Both offer the full spectrum of coffin options, ranging from the plain and economical to the most prestigious, statement-making displays you could imagine. The choice of materials is mostly stylistic. The primary functional difference is the ability to tightly seal metal caskets.
Here are the most common options for wood caskets.
Here are the most common options for metal caskets.
If you choose metal, ask about optional rubber sealers that function to keep the casket even more weather- resistant.
In addition to wood and metal, other materials may be used — albeit in nontraditional burials. If you have chosen a natural funeral, you may be considering a ‘green casket’ made of any number of sustainable materials such as:
Any of these materials might be good options for burial in a green cemetery because they break down more easily than the more elaborate and sophisticated caskets typically used for burial.
No matter what material you choose, you’ll also need to specify what type of design you prefer for the casket. This comes down to how the viewing and the funeral will be organized. If you plan on having an open casket, you may choose from the following casket options:
It’s common for families to want to create a tailored, personalized funeral service that helps them honor and mourn their loved one in a way that’s meaningful. One important aspect of personalization is the type of interior they choose. Here are your interior casket options:
The options present here are a good start, but you’ll want to learn more about choosing a customized funeral casket. Beyond what you’ve read about here, there are additional options available to families who truly want to make a highly personalized statement at their loved one’s funeral or burial service. Remember: funeral customs have loosened up dramatically in the past few decades, so if you have a wish, a need, or an idea for a unique funeral service and for your coffin and casket options, don’t hesitate to find out more.
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