Tips for choosing a coffin or casket

Nobody looks forward to arranging a funeral. That said, the process doesn’t need to be stressful and complicated. When it comes to choosing a coffin or casket, there are a few factors you should take into account in order to make your decision easier.

If you have any more questions about what type of coffin or casket to choose, it’s best to speak to your funeral director.

Come up with a budget and check prices

Money is going to have an impact on every decision you make regarding the funeral.

Coming up with a budget should be one of, if not the first step of planning a funeral and is absolutely vital for families who don’t have a huge amount of money to spend.

The coffin or casket is likely to be one of the most expensive purchases you make when organising a funeral, be sure to shop around and compare different casket and coffin prices to find the best one for you.

Coffin or a casket?

What is the difference between a coffin and a casket? It’s quite simple really.

When it comes to identifying a coffin or a casket it all comes down to the design. Caskets are more or less rectangular while coffins are tapered at the foot and head, and wider at the shoulders. Coffins are more traditional whereas caskets are the more modern option. They are considered to be more elaborate than coffins and normally have a split open top for ‘open casket’ funerals and memorial services.

Consider the size

People come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes, so of course coffins and caskets need to be designed accordingly. Coffins and caskets are available in a wide variety of sizes, so you’ll be sure to find the perfect size for your loved one, no matter how tall or short, thin or full figured they were.

Think about the material

When it comes to coffins and caskets there’s a variety of materials to choose from, the most popular being wood and metal.

Among the most popular metal materials are stainless steel, bronze and copper. Metal coffins and caskets are strong and durable, but are typically more expensive than wooden ones.

Despite being more affordable, wooden coffins and caskets are still an elegant option. These coffins and caskets are available in a variety of colours and finishes. Some of the most popular woods include cherry, mahogany and oak.

Consider the environment

As a society we are becoming more and more aware of our impact on the environment and are more dedicated to protecting it than ever before. Fewer and fewer bars and restaurants are handing out plastic straws and more people are taking care to separate their rubbish and recycle what they can.

If the environment is important to you or your loved one, you may want to consider an eco-friendly funeral.

Natural burials, which are also known as green or eco-friendly funerals have a minimal impact on the environment. These burials do not involve embalming, traditional coffins/caskets or cremation. Instead, the body is placed into a natural coffin (a biodegradable coffin made from materials such as bamboo, banana leaf and cardboard, which will break down over time).

Do you have any special requirements?

Your loved one may have left you specific instructions regarding wishes for their coffin or casket. If not, be sure to consider your loved one’s personal taste and personal taste before you make your final decision.