A casket or coffin is a final resting place for a loved one, but it can be much more than that. It can be an expression of pride in remembrance one of love. They can even celebrate a loved one’s interests and passions during their life.
Caskets come in a range of colours and styles
Coffins and caskets come in many different colours and shapes. They are made from a wide variety of materials. Through a combination of good design high quality materials and workmanship, you can end up with a beautiful final resting place for your loved ones.
What determines how much a casket will cost?
There are six factors, which determine how much you are going to pay for your coffin.
- The materials used
2. The size of the coffin
3. The workmanship involved in making the casket
4. The degree of personalisation
5. Where you buy the casket
6. Your choice of materials
Wooden caskets are the perfect choice for many families. The natural warmth of a wood casket can evoke memories of time spent close to nature. It has the beauty and craftsmanship of a piece of fine furniture.
The type of tree used is an important factor when it comes to price. Woods that are more exotic cost more, but they look stunning.
It is up to the family to decide on the right finish. The type of wood used to some extent dictates which the best finish for a wooden coffin is.
For those with a big budget copper or steel coffin is an option. These resist the elements, so are becoming increasingly popular. Stainless steel is also rust resistant.
You can also choose the interior finish of the coffin. Again, the materials used will affect the price as well as the way the coffin looks. Most people choose high quality yet lightweight materials because they look nice, but are not extremely expensive.
We all come in different shapes and sizes and over the past few decades the average height and girth of the population has grown. For this reason, the best funeral homes and directors offer a wide range of different size coffins and caskets. These larger sizes require more labour and material to build and naturally come in at a higher price.
The workmanship involved
How skilled the craftsmen and women have to be to create the coffin also affects the price. Creating beautiful round shaped lids and corners take longer than it does to create caskets with simple shapes and square corners require less time to make so they cost far less.
Hardware designs range from simple fixed handles to coffins with handles that are shaped and handcrafted. These design elements combine to create a distinctive style for the coffin, and the more elaborate the design the more work goes into it, so the more the casket costs.
The degree of personalization
The interiors can also be personalized with custom embroidery. Adding symbols to make the casket more relevant and personal to the honourees is another way to personalize a casket.
It is also possible to produce beautiful sculptural corners that celebrate anything from a love of nature to a long career. Themed hardware can also celebrate the person’s career or love of a certain hobby or interest.
Where you buy the casket
The last thing that affects the choice of caskets you get and how much you pay is who you buy from. Prices vary widely depending on which funeral director you use.