We know it’s a super tough process of losing a close one. The process after that is equally hurtful. One needs to arrange for the burial and memorial ceremony, as well as all other rituals that come with the death of a loved one. One aspect of planning a funeral or ceremony that should not cause you stress is deciding on the type of casket or burial vessel for your loved one. There are chances that the deceased’s religious traditions require a specific type of casket or otherwise the family has been left to pick the right type of casket or vessel without any input from those close to the deceased. Whatever the case, knowing the basic types of caskets and burial caskets will help you make the correct choice without a lot of thought and fuss.
Available Casket Options
The important thing to remember when picking out a casket is that there really is no right or wrong type. Most people look for caskets within a designated budget, cemetery restrictions, or religious or cultural expectations. The traditional funeral casket is usually made from one of many types of solid wood; maple, oak, pine, mahogany, poplar, cherry, even walnut. Though most traditional caskets are lined with satin or other soft, pleasant fabrics, they can also be personalized by the deceased’s friends and family. A favorite blanket, pillow, or fabric can be redesigned to act as the lining of the casket, and some people inscribe quotations or paint the outside of the casket to match it with the deceased’s unique personality.
Green burials are ceremonies that involve biodegradable caskets and they are becoming increasingly popular these days. Biodegradable vessels are made of material that will biodegrade over time and cause no harm to the earth. Green ceremonies are often used at a park or garden and encourage sustainable growing practices. Green burial practices help give back to the earth, creating an area of land that is very rich in soil quality and preserves the area’s natural habitat.
Casket restrictions in Religions
Some religions call for very specific types of caskets or burial vessels. For example, in traditional Jewish law, simple wooden caskets must be used in a burial ceremony and metal parts are not allowed. Many African cultures place their dead in caskets that are shaped to resemble familiar objects, such as a favorite animal. In Japan, however, caskets are often made from cedar or cypress. These types of caskets do not decompose and have an appealing scent, preserving the deceased in a way that mirrors the culture’s view on ancestors and honoring the dead.
Cremation and Urns
Cremation is still a very popular burial practice, so it makes sense that there are many different types of urns one can choose from. A lot of urns today are made of long-lasting, metallic materials such as stainless steel, brass, and bronze. Many people still choose more classic style urns, though, such as those made of granite, marble, or cloisonné.
The cost of the casket or burial vessel depends greatly on the kind and quality of the vessel. Of course, customized or specialty-order caskets or burial vessels will cost more than your basic vessel. Urns are significantly less expensive but the price of cremation adds to the overhaul cost. Green burials are another significantly less expensive alternative to traditional burials. This is because the materials used in the burial are cheaper and easier to come by, there are no chemical embalming costs, and grave markers are often natural landmarks from the surrounding area, cutting down on headstone and traditional marker costs.
There are various kinds of stress involved in the funeral arrangements and caskets should be one thing that can make the process a little easier. A basic understanding of the options available can help you make the process easier and a little less painful while departing your loved ones.