Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Factors To Keep In Mind When Looking For A Proper Casket

By Mary Madison

Coping with the sad demise of a family member is saddening enough, so any kind of last minute troubles that require detailed preparations such as a funeral would be even more burdensome.Purchasing a casket is one of the most important decisions when it comes to funerals, but not many people know how to do it. Here are some suggestions to help you with this decision.

Firstly, you should check out the material of the casket you want to purchase for the funeral. You can either choose wood, which is available in lots of grains, colours and kinds such as maple, cherry, and mahogany, or you can choose metal caskets, which are usually made of stainless steel and come in a variety of colours. While finally deciding on the kind of casket, you must consider not only the look of the exterior but also the money that you'll have to spend.

As far as the design is concerned, you can choose between half couch or full couch, which determines the outer lid of the casket. The difference between the two designs is that full couch allows complete display of the body while half couch displays only the upper portion.

You can even select caskets of different sizes. Therefore, you should have a precise idea of the body size of the deceased to see if you will need any alterations to be carried out on one of the regular sizes.

The next important aspect is to find a suitable place to buy the casket. You can get it from a casket store or the local funeral home. Generally the prices are significantly higher in funeral homes. It is generally advisable to get in touch with online or offline specialised dealers for purchasing the right casket. However, you must not forget that your expenses will also involve the cost of the casket's freighting from the store to your house.

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