Choosing a casket is a difficult decision for any family. It’s an integral aspect of planning final arrangements, and oftentimes, one of the most expensive purchases related to a funeral or burial.
Since the casket you choose serves as your loved one’s final resting place, you’ll want to take the needed time to explore all of your options.
To avoid feeling overwhelmed at an already emotional time, we offer a step-by-step guide to help you choose the casket that’s right for your needs, budget, and your deceased loved one’s final wishes below.
1. Perform Research
There are a number of caskets available both online and offline, varying in price, size, color and material.
While some caskets are manufactured out of metals, others are constructed using steel, wood and biodegradable materials. At Busch, we offer families a wide variety of casket options. Our most popular materials include:
- Steel and metal caskets.
- Hard wood caskets.
- Cremation caskets.
- Concrete and metal vaults.
Depending on the provider, some caskets may come with customizable adornments, such as engravings.
As you can see, selecting a casket is not a one-size-fits-all scenario due to the variety of materials, design options, colors and more. Remember to do thorough research and consider your loved one’s final wishes to ensure you’re selecting the best option for his or her resting place.
2. Define Your Budget
Did you know the average casket costs around $2,000, with some totaling upwards of $10,000? While it may seem like handling the details on your own will save money, the truth is, things can add up quickly. Rather, it’s recommended to work with a funeral home or funeral director to help you define your budget and find the best option that meets your needs— without the hassle of researching costs on your own.
It’s also important to remember additional costs that may add up when selecting a casket. For instance, depending on the cemetery, you may also need to purchase a burial vault or grave liner to place the casket in to prevent the ground from sinking.
According to Everplans, other costs that are commonly associated with caskets include:
- Interior or fabric liners, which are the inner liners of the casket that are generally puncture-resistant and leak-proof.
- Commemorative panels that are embroidered, decorative panels placed on the casket lid.
- Internal lift hardware, which are used in the case that the casket needs to be tilted or lifted during services.
- Other exterior features like handles or ornamentation.
If you’re looking for cheaper options, it may be in your best interest to select a half-couch casket. This option reveals only the upper-half, or head-section of the deceased during a gathering or visitation, and generally offers a less expensive price tag than full-couch caskets.
Visit Busch’s online store to get a sense for caskets and vaults at varying price points.
>>>Related Resource: Download Busch’s General Price List
3. See the Casket In Person
Whether you choose burial or cremation services for your loved one, keep in mind your family will need to go through a process to select the appropriate casket for each option. You’ll likely want to see the casket in person, and gauge the quality and value you’ll get at your specified price point.
A funeral home with an on-site remembrance center allows you and your family to browse available caskets, and select the container that best fits your needs and budget. Additionally, by shopping for a casket at a remembrance center, you can actually see, touch and feel each item to ensure the products are of high quality and value. Plus, selecting a funeral home with an on-site remembrance center gives you the benefit of one, itemized bill, rather than sorting through a list of costs from third-party providers.
Busch Funeral and Crematory Services is committed to offering a high standard of quality for every product we sell. When you purchase a casket from Busch, you can feel confident that you made the right decision no matter your budget. Arrange services with Busch and let our caring staff guide you through every step, so you can focus on being with your family.
In the meantime, download the Seniors’ Guide to Funeral Arrangements to learn about the financial benefits of planning your funeral ahead of time.
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