It’s not easy to buy a casket in the wake of a loved one’s passing. But no matter how difficult it’s for you, a casket is one of the most significant and emotional purchases you’ll ever make. If you’re buying a casket for the first time, it’s obvious to get overwhelmed. There are so many options available and picking the right one can be quite confusing. So, in this post, we’ll try to make this emotional purchase a bit easier for you.
As you know, a coffin or casket is a rectangular container used to bury the deceased. First, you need to understand that though terms coffins and caskets are used interchangeably, there is a difference between the two. A coffin is typically a box that has six or eight sides with an anthropoid shape. It is designed in the shape of a human body with a wide top and narrows towards the feet. The completely rectangular burial boxes, on the other hand, are known as caskets. Now, let’s quickly move to the things to consider when buying a casket or coffin.
Types of caskets
Caskets are basically of two basic material types- wood and metal. Both wood and metal caskets are available in several styles and colors with additional features. The material used in constructing the casket determines its cost and appearance. So, your material choice depends on factors like your budget and preferences.
Metal caskets are made of materials like Bronze, Copper, Stainless Steel, and Standard Steel. You can find metal caskets in several different thicknesses also (with or without gaskets). If you’re looking for something affordable, go for stainless steel. Metal caskets are more durable and come with a rubber gasket to prevent outside elements from entering. Bronze and copper are expensive but these are the most durable and non-rusting metals.
Wood caskets are usually crafted out of a variety of wood materials like Mahogany, Walnut, Cherry, Maple, Oak, Pine, Poplar, and Veneer. The caskets made of mahogany and walnut are one of the most beautiful but also the most expensive. So, if you’re low on budget, consider options like pine, poplar, and willow.
Another important consideration is the size of the casket. You should first determine the height and size of the deceased. Typically, casket’s length is not an issue but finding the perfect width can be. Most caskets are available in a standard size of 84 inches long, 28 inches wide and 23 inches high. If the deceased person was overweight, make sure the casket you choose is the right fit for the individual.
When shopping for a casket, consider the additional features also. Unlike coffins, caskets have lids either half couch or full couch. The most popular lid style is half couch where casket has a two-piece lid of equal lengths. The upper lid can be opened for viewings.