Published: June 3, 2020
by Joy Herndon, Director

Selecting the burial casket may be one of the hardest decisions of funeral planning. Whether it is a pre-need decision and the casket will be for yourself, or the death has occurred, and you are selecting the casket for a loved one. There are many options to choose from. How do you pick the ‘right’ one?

Our word “Casket” is defined as an ornamental box or chest for holding jewels, letters, or other valuable objects. We can compare the casket to a jewelry box. We put our most valued possessions in them. So, how do we choose the right one? There are so many details that help make it personal and ease the difficult decision.  

The first detail that is most noticeable is the outer structure. Many families already have an idea of their preference before entering the Selection Room. Caskets are available in steel, Stainless Steel, Copper, bronze, wood and more. The person’s occupation sometimes dictates the casket material. If the individual was a welder, the family may choose steel. Metal caskets are available in a variety of colors. The casket color may be the individual’s favorite color, the color of their vehicle, their favorite sports’ team or other relatable color in their life. If the individual enjoyed woodworking or maybe built cabinets for a living, a wood casket is very fitting. With wood, there are different species to choose from. Some folks are particular about the desired type. Casket are made from oak, pine, poplar, cherry, cedar and more. Certain caskets can also be further personalized with Corner Art selections. We can mount small ornaments to reflect the life and love for the outdoors with deer, fish or golfing figurines. We also have other keepsakes to reflect music, religion and other personality traits on the corners. The casket hardware may also be a reflection of the deceased. Such as with a preference of gold or silver jewelry, hardware comes in brass, bronze, nickel, and other precious metals.       

The interior also has a major factor when selecting the right casket. The material can be cotton, crepe, velvet and other textures. The colors usually match the exterior and are pale so not to overpower the clothing of the person. The cap panel, inside the lid, can be personalized. We have several scenes to choose from and can add a name, date, or logo to further highlight the memory of the loved one.   

With so many options to make the casket personal, the “right” casket is the one that best fits the life of the one it’s for!

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