How to Choose a Casket

Posted on May 17, 2021 by Bennie Smith Funeral Home under Funeral Education
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When getting ready to make funerary arrangements for a loved one, you want to know what casket to choose. Here are some tips that you want to consider when making this choice.

When deciding on the funeral arrangements that you want for your loved one, you may want to have then buried in a traditional manner. The casket is an important part of the arrangement, so you want to be sure that you consider the purchase you make. This is not always an easy decision, so it is important to keep in mind a few things. Here are some things that you want directors of funeral homes in Wilmington, DE to know before you make a decision.

Think about the budget you have before starting any thing else. You want to have a good idea of the options that you have and of the price ranges. There are many price ranges and so you want to look at the average ones for the caskets that you are considering. By doing this, you will know what to expect.

The size of the casket is something that you also want to take into consideration. Many times, people think that all caskets are the same size, but that is not the case. If your loved one weighed more than two hundred pounds, you will need to have casket that is larger than the standard. There are extra large caskets and even those that are made for children and infants. If you are not sure about the size of casket that you need, you want to ask the provider of funerary services for help.

Another thing that you want to consider is the material the casket is made of. There are caskets made of wood, with the most expensive options being walnut, mahogany, and cherry. You can choose options that are a bit less costly, like pine, poplar, or willow. There are also metal options you can choose form, like steel, stainless steel, copper, and bronze. If you want something that is biodegradable, be sure to ask the cemetery if they allow it, since not all of them do.

You may also want to think about gasketed or non-gasketed options. A gasketed casket will have a rubber seal that can help slow down the deterioration process when it is buried, though it cannot stop it completely. This can be a more expensive option, so be sure to take that into consideration when making a choice.

All of these tips can help you find the best options for your loved one. The casket you choose has to fit the budget that you have. You want to take into consideration the size you need as well as the materials it is made of, since all of that can have an impact on the prices. When you start thinking about the casket, you will want to reach out to a Wilmington, DE funeral home like us at Bennie Smith Funeral Home. Our team is here to help you make the best decisions for your loved one and for your family. You can give us a call right now or you can stop by one of our locations today to learn more.

From humble beginnings on a farm in Faceville, Georgia, Bennie Smith evolved into a successful and caring businessman setting the standards for funeral homes across this country. Today, Bennie Smith Funeral Home(s) is one the largest African-American-owned Funeral Homes on the East Coast. With 13 locations up and down the Delmarva Peninsula, from Wilmington, Dover, Milford, Seaford, Millsboro, Salisbury, Easton, Princess Anne, Chestertown, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and more. For over 35 years, we've been caring for families like yours.