Funeral Caskets

types of casketsPoints 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.

Casket Companies 

Casket Company Phone Number Location
Abbey Caskets 800-987-7380 Indiana
Able Caskets 888.776.5188 Hawaii
Alliance St-Laurent Casket Corporation 506-739-6226 New Brunswick, Canada
American Casket & Funeral Supplies 215-443-7788 Pennsylvania
ANA Metal & Wood Caskets China
Artco Casket Company (913) 438-2655 Kansas
Astral Industries 765-874-2525 ext. 292 Indiana
Batesville Casket Company 812 934-7500 Ohio
Behalt Casket Company Ohio
BestPriceCaskets.com
Bourgeois Casket Companyno 337 543-6407 Louisiana
C.J. Boots Casket Company 765-683-9760 Indiana
Cardinal Casket Company 407-425-0583 Florida
Casketsite.com
Caskcoa Company form Illinois
Cercuils Magog Caskets 819-843-6210 Quebec
Cherokee Casket Company 770 227-4435 Georgia
Church & Chapel Metal Arts Inc 773 489-3700 Illinois
Commemorative Casket 616 698-7277 Indiana
Commonwealth Casket Company 781 857-2919 Massachusetts
Concept Caskets 418 796-2119 Quebec
Covington (260) 837-2000 Alabama
Criswell Casket Company 636 949-2999 Missouri
Curtis Plus Inc. 708 371-1920 Illinois
E.C. Manger and Son Company 800-626-4377 Wisconsin
Empire Casket Company 706 798-1323 Georgia
Heartland Casket Company 800 777-3151 Oklahoma
Henry Schwab Company 978 462-2255 Massachusetts
Hoffman Burial Supplies 309 693-1567 Illinois
Hong Tai Casket Company China
Imperial Casket Company 313 584-4250 Michigan
Lynch Supply Company 800 777-3151 Oklahoma
M. Solomon Casket Co. 401 463-5860 Rhode Island
Matthews Aurora 765-744-0104 Indiana
McCord Products Inc. 419 352-3691 Ohio
Memorials.com Texas
New England Casket Company 617 569-1510 Massachusetts
Northeast Casket Company 401 949-0260 Rhode Island
Northern Casket Ltd. 800 461-1428 Ontario
Northern Design Caskets 218 835-8908 Minnesota
Northstar Industries 800 887-6804 Indiana
Northwestern Casket Company 763 231-0290 Minnesota
Northwoods Casket company Wisconsin
Orleans Casket Company 985 893-9340 Louisiana
Overnight Caskets
Paragon Casket 985 893-9340 Indiana
Passages International New Mexico
Pettigrew & Sons Casket Company 916 383-0777 California
Piedmont Pine Coffins 919-323-6860 North Carolina
Quality Professional Products 616 588-5100 Michigan
Reid Casket Company 419 726-1028 Ohio
Rockwell Casket Company 704 279-7275 North Carolina
Roark Casket Company 817 589-027 Texas
Sauder Funeral Products 866 419-3010 Ohio
Schuylkill Haven Casket Company 570 385-0296 Pennsylvania
Service Casket Company 706 322-2791 Georgia
Sich Casket Company 888-794-1744 China
Sky Caskets dot com
South Durham Casket Limited 819 477-5177 Quebec
Southern Craft Manufacturing 931 853-7897 Tennessee
Star Legacy Network
Steinhaus Casket 414 529-9420 Wisconsin
Sumter Casket Company 803 773-6223 South Carolina
Superior Casket Company 313 592-3190 Michigan
Thacker Casket Manufacturing 800 225-9105 Alabama
The Casket Warehouse
Tomlin Funeral Supply 609-780-6628
Trappist Caskets Iowa
Vandor Corporation 765 966-7676 Indiana
Vantage Products Corporation 770 788-0136 Georgia
Verplank Enterprises 931 845-4135 Tennessee
Victoriaville Funeral Supplies, Inc. 819 752-3388 Quebec
Wayland Caskets 626 542-3462 California
WholesaleCasketWarehouse.com
Winston-Salem Casket Company 336 661-1695 North Carolina
Wise Products 903 378-2233
Zane Casket Company 740 452-4680 Ohio
Zenith Casket & Supply 515-987-9540 Iowa

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.