Whether you’re planning a burial with a funeral home in Marlton, NJ, or traditional cremation, you may have to choose a casket. It is one of the many crucial decisions you have to make while organizing the final farewell of a loved one.
While a good funeral director may be able to offer some suggestions, the choice is ultimately yours to make. To help you make an informed decision, these are useful tips we’ve learned over the years.
1. Check out various types of casket
To ensure you are picking from a wide range of options, don’t just pick the first few caskets you see.
In fact, it doesn’t even have to be a casket. “Casket” is a catch-all word for caskets and coffins, and both are acceptable for a funeral or cremation. A wooden coffin might even be more suited for a cremation.
Caskets are available in different materials. There is hardwood, softwood, metal, particleboard, etc. They also come in different styles, half couch or full couch, which is just a fancy name for the type of casket lid.
By learning the different types of caskets, you are better placed to choose the right one for your loved one. It may also help you find a bargain instead of paying for the expensive option an eager funeral director shows you.
2. Focus on what the deceased would have wanted
Sometimes, when family members disagree over the type of casket, at least one person is ignoring what the deceased would have wanted.
The casket takes them on the final journey home. The right one should suit the deportee’s personality and character.
A big, shiny casket might be expensive and fancy to look at, but it’s probably not what a reserved person would have wanted. And a creative personality might enjoy something more stylish and unique.
This is another reason we encourage families to check out different types of caskets. As the saying goes, “You will know it when you see it.”
3. Stay within your budget
It is an emotional time, and you want to do right by your loved one. It is completely understandable. But a casket is only one of the major expenses. Try to stay within your limit.
Here again, is where exploring various types of caskets come in. If you don’t have a budget, you can use this to pick a range and stick to it.
If there’s a tendency you might stray from the budget, get a person to support you. It could be another family member or a close friend. Someone with your best interest at heart who will caution you when you need it.
Even if you are not worried about going over budget, have someone with you all the same. Planning a funeral while grieving is crushing, especially if it is your first time.
With these tips, you will be able to choose the casket your loved one deserves. If we may add a fourth, it’s to work with an empathetic funeral home.
That’s us. If you’re shopping for a funeral home in Marlton, NJ, reach out to us. We will work with you to give your loved one a befitting final farewell. Call us now to set up an appointment or check our shops.