A casket is a container for the remains of a deceased person. That’s why it is important to secure a quality box to move the dead body in a respectable way. No wonder the casket is the most expensive item one can buy in a traditional or modern funeral service.
Over the years, caskets became more varied in style and price. Usually, caskets come in wood, metal, fiberglass, fiberboard or plastic but usually the price depends on their aesthetic appeal. With regards to design, one can go for a full couch meaning you can have a full view of the entire body or you can choose a half couch where only the half part of the body can be viewed. The type of material used and the intricacy of the design are a few factors that make a casket expensive.
Gasketed caskets or “sealed” casket are the ones that have rubber lining in the entire cover just like in a refrigerator while non-gasketed use only a latch without a gasket making the interior content of the casket vulnerable to outside elements. Metal caskets are usually gasketed so its longevity is warranted but in the case of a wood casket it’s the exact opposite. A typical wood casket use hardwood such as mahogany, oak, walnut and the like. But whatever kind of casket material is used quality workmanship should be guaranteed.
The kind of casket to use should be discussed by the family. There are a lot of factors to consider especially the financial and emotional aspects. If a family chooses to cremate their deceased loved ones without the traditional ceremony, viewing and visitation they can arrange this with the funeral director. They can opt for casket rental in crematoriums where they offer inexpensive wood box or other non metal container that can be cremated together with the deceased body. However, there are also crematories that accept metal caskets but usually they require a combustible container.
Losing a loved one will never replace the most beautiful and expensive casket in this time of grief. Nevertheless, the overall finish of the casket should show a sense of respect and dignity for deceased and to what he or she has left.