Choosing a Casket

By: Louis Bruno
Monday, November 19, 2018

When a loved one passes away, selecting a casket is a priority just like many other funeral arrangements. As you visit funeral homes or search online, you realize that the range of options is wide. There are a number of variables to take into account such as type, size, price, and aesthetics to decide which casket you want.

Type Of Casket

Wood and metal are two materials used in making funeral caskets. Metal caskets are generally made using rustproof bronze, copper, stainless steel or carbon steel. Hardwoods like mahogany, cherry, walnut, oak or softwood like pine are used for wood caskets.

The difference between metal and wood caskets lies in the lid and gasket used in the latter to close them securely. Wood caskets require greater attention to finish and polishing. The prices vary based on durability, the gauge of the metal, type of wood and aesthetic appeal.

Shell Design

Shell designs come in different shapes like elliptical, rounded corners, urnside, square-cornered, vertical side etc. Rounded cornered shell designs are more expensive than others.

Interiors

After considering the exterior aspects, you need to select the material to provide a finish to the interiors. The interior fabrics available are- velvet, crepe, satin, and velour. The price based on the quality of the material.

Budget

A casket accounts for a major portion of funeral expenses which gives rise to the need to consider various aspects carefully to get the best deal. Casket prices range from $1000 to $15000 and above. However, most people buy caskets priced in the range of $2,500 to $3,500.

When you are making funeral arrangements (including choosing a casket) your emotional pitch is high and making rational decisions don’t come easily. However, pre-planning the purchase in consultation with the funeral director will make the task less challenging. Some people preplan the casket decision and keep their family members informed about their choice.

At Charles J. O'Shea Funeral Homes, we provide comprehensive funeral services and can help you with all aspects of the process so if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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