December 06, 2011

Choosing Between Different Types Of Funeral Caskets

By Adriana Noton

Cremation is currently the most popular form of disposal of one's remains at death. However, burial still remains a viable choice for various religious and personal reasons. One decision that must be made is which out of many different types of funeral caskets should be chosen. Even if cremation is still desired, some former of container is needed for the body to be cremated in. Caskets can be purchased, which is the most common, or rented in certain cases.

Fiberglass, metal, wood, and reinforced cardboard or press board are frequently used for casket construction. Each one has different benefits and prices vary based on what it is made of. Different options should be considered to find the best fit for your needs and budget.

The most versatile and least expensive material is often fiberglass. This can be constructed to resemble steel, wood, and even marble. It is molded, and is therefore seamless, so foreign substances can not get into the casket. It is strong, fairly cheap, and lightweight. This is quite often used for burying children.

Wooden caskets are the oldest known type of casket, since wood can be found naturally and it also decomposes. Wood models are made of hardwood such as ash, cherry, oak, cedar or redwood, to name a few. Skilled carpenters craft the wood, which ensures that the final product will be similar to fine furniture.

Caskets can be found in several different types of metal. Steel is one commonly used material. The steel comes in different gauges, ranging from twenty to sixteen. Twenty is very light and comparable to automobile panels. These are welded together and are inexpensive. Heavier gauges such as sixteen gauge make very nice models and are finished like automobiles. This produces very luxurious models.

Some caskets are made of stainless steel and have a wood veneer over the top to resemble a wooden model. These are often a little less expensive than some of the high-end wooden units.

Copper and bronze models are also available. These are durable, resist corrosion, and are stunning to look at. They come in different thicknesses, based on weight. These are among the most expensive but beautiful models made.

Sometimes a casket is needed that fits certain specific requirements, such as religious laws or a need to express personal interests of the deceased. Specially designed and decorated models can be found to fit these needs. Orthodox Jews, for example, may need to have certain requirements met, such as ensuring that the entire casket is made of wood and that no animal products were used.

Some special types of caskets also include those decorated with military designs, rock bands, or hobbies. A quick search online will show that a casket in almost any theme can be found. These are usually a little more expensive than standard caskets and must be special ordered.

A casket may be needed for some cremations. In this case a simple wood or reinforced cardboard model can be used, as the bodies are cremated in the same container that they arrive in. If a viewing is desired before a cremation, a nicer unit can be rented for use.

The choice between funeral caskets is very personal. Family members may spend a lot of time and money choosing the perfect model to honor their loved one. Regardless of personal tastes or budget concerns, a casket can be found to fit anyone's needs.

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