Selecting a casket or urn is a really permanent and personal choice. Once you select one and the funeral begins you cannot change your mind. A few things should be considered when choosing the container for your loved ones remains. When selecting a casket it’s important to consider the fact that this will be the final resting place for your loved one. As well as comfort and style you might consider as well whether or not you are planning to have a viewing of the body or whether the body will be immediately buried or cremated.
Whether you choose to have a viewing or not you will still be required to choose a casket for your loved one to be either buried in, or cremated in.
If there will be no viewing, and immediate cremation you might choose to select a lower priced less fancy casket for your loved one. In this case the deceased is transported from the hospital or medical examiner’s office directly to the funeral home where the staff there will take care of the arrangements for the impending burial or cremation. When no viewing will take place, the only people who know what type of casket you selected for your loved ones remains are yourself, the funeral home staff and the staff at the crematorium or cemetery; so often times just a minimal pine box is selected. This is the most economical way to proceed.
When there will be a viewing there are a few other options. Some funeral homes will allow clients to choose a less fancy less expensive casket for the final burial or cremation while using a rented fancy casket for the viewing. In this case the small less fancy casket is simply slid inside the frame of the fancy display casket. When the viewing is completed the inside liner, or less fancy casket is removed from the larger fancier casket and either buried or cremated on its own. Rental caskets tend to be a popular choice among middle class working families as it is an affordable solution to the rising costs of the funeral industry.
If you wish to have a viewing and cost is not an issue you can choose to purchase one of the hundreds of caskets that are currently in production. Caskets are available in all colors and sizes and in a variety of materials from wood, to fiberglass and metals. Wooden caskets normally come in a variety of styles with each style being available in an assortment of stains and wood finishes.
You may also choose from a variety of casket encasements. Encasing your loved ones casket in metal or another substance is a popular choice primarily among wealthy families. This option is selected most often when the family intends to bury their loved ones with family heirlooms or expensive personal belongings inside their casket. Most casket encasements have secure locking mechanisms to prevent entry into the casket after it is locked; this can give the surviving loved ones a sense of inner peace.
When cremation was selected as the method of preserving your loved one the task of choosing an appropriate urn or container begins. When choosing the container for your loved one something you should consider is where you are going to store the remains.
A variety of options are available for storage of remains when you have decided to cremate your loved one. Some popular options are burial of the ashes in an urn or another container or keeping the remains in the family home. In either case you will need a container for the ashes.
If you plan to keep the remains in the family home for an untold amount of time you might begin selecting the urn based on its visual appeal. If this will be a center piece in your lounge or a decoration on your mantel you will definitely want something with some visual appeal. Keeping loved ones in the family home is popular choice among older couples where only one of the two people has passed. Often times the remaining spouse will keep the remains in their home until such time as they pass away and then the surviving children will bury the two parents together. This option also is more economical as the costs get incremented each time a plot is opened to add more remains.
If the remains will be immediately buried or stored in such a way that no one will be seeing the urn directly you might choose a less visually appealing or less fancy alternative. Urns can be purchased in expensive metals such as copper, gold, brass, or steel. You can also purchase urns made of intricately hand carved woods, or simple boxes of wood or heavy cardboard. This is a popular choice for people who are planning to bury their loved ones remains in a group or family plot as it takes up very little room.