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What Type of Casket Should I Use? September 20, 2017

There are many different styles of caskets, but it comes down to three basic choices, wood casket, metal casket or cremation casket. The first two are for burial purposes and the third, as the name suggests is used when cremating the deceased. Whether you are preparing for your own funeral or having to purchase a casket for someone else you will be subject to many options, but this quick guide to types of caskets will give you an idea of what you will be receiving in a final product.

Wood Caskets

Often said to be the most beautiful choice when it comes to burial cases, wood caskets are often made of hardwoods like walnut, oak, cherry or mahogany and some softwoods such as pine. Like high end furniture, the more rare and beautiful the wood, such as mahogany, the more expensive it will be. An average price range for wood caskets is $2,000 – $3,000 while top quality ones can exceed $10,000.

Metal Caskets

Metal caskets are believed to last much longer than traditional wood ones, helping to prolong the preservation of the body. Common metals used to create the caskets include bronze, copper and steel. As with wood, the finer metals will increase the price, and some metal caskets include options such as rubber sealers to also help with preservation. When purchasing a metal casket you will likely be spending $2,500 – $4,500.

Cremation Caskets

Your local funeral home will be able to provide you with inexpensive cremation caskets made out of pressboard, cardboard or canvas. These sorts of caskets are not ideal for viewings but are an environmentally and financially friendly option for those who elect cremation.

As you plan your own funeral or that of a loved who passed unexpectedly, you should visit a funeral home learn all of your options. The friendly staff at Funeral Alternatives of Snohomish County will walk you through the complete planning process and help put together a package that is financially acceptable, and beautiful, no matter your budget. To plan funeral arrangements in Marysville, Everett, Arlington and the surrounding area call Funeral Alternatives at 1-888-381-6993.

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Written By Brian Corey

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