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customized casketPoints to consider while buying a casket: The ultimate truth in life is that you have to die one day. When you die, do you not deserve a decent burial? Of course, everyone does. In that case, would it not be proper if you can order your casket in advance or set aside some money for the same so as not to burden the people whom you leave behind? Of the two possibilities, the first one would seem a bit odd. However, people have done that in the past and will continue to do so in the future as well. The second option sounds feasible enough. This would be as far as your future is concerned. However, there would be occasions when you would have to buy a casket for a loved one. We shall look into the factors that you should consider while purchasing a casket.

What do you look for in a casket?

Of course, you are not going to live inside it. Jokes apart, your casket should have certain minimum requirements. Usually, a casket would come in two broad types, wood, and metal. Choosing the right kind of casket is necessary. Casket makes use various kinds of hardwood such as maple, elm, or poplar, etc. They are available in a number of textures. Metal caskets are available in different metals such as steel, brass, etc.

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The next step would be in making a choice between a full couch casket and a half-couch casket. The difference is that in a full couch casket, you can view the entire body whereas in a half-couch one, you cannot. There are fiberglass caskets as well. They are also strong. 

The size of the casket assumes importance as well. Normally, you would find the standard size fitting all. However, for people who are exceptionally tall, you should have the made to order caskets.

Where do you buy the casket?

Funeral homes used to sell these caskets not very long ago. However, certain homes used to take advantage of the state of mind of the relatives of the deceased people. In order to curb such malpractices, the respective states have passed a legislation allowing people to make their own choice while purchasing caskets. There is no compulsion to buy one from the funeral home. Nowadays, you can buy these caskets online as well.

The additional costs:

In addition to the cost of the casket, you have to look into the aspect of the transportation cost as well. 

Certain innovative caskets: There is a new concept of the biodegradable casket. This is in fact, a biodegradable cardboard box placed inside a wooden casket. You can slide the cardboard box along with the body inside the funeral pit while returning the wooden casket for reuse.