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Picking the Right Coffin
A coffin is an important part of a funeral. It is one of the final vessels our body will enter before that long rest. Often times we don’t get to choose our own coffin since we don’t really plan on using it anytime soon. More often we will be choosing one for a loved one that has passed. This is an important choice to make for two main reasons. The first is that you want your loved one to have a proper coffin for their final resting place and the second is that coffins do come with a significant price tag. The decision becomes all the more difficult when you are dealing with everything else that comes with a funeral. There is also the question of what kind of coffin to get when someone is getting cremated. How does the whole coffin thing work for cremation? We’ll answer that question further down in the article. For now, let’s start at the top of the list.
A coffin is what you are buried in for most funerals. At the very least it is what you are placed inside for the visitation. We say for most funerals because some people are cremated and some have family tombs that are placed inside of instead of a burial. Regardless, chances are you will find yourself in a coffin before you reach your final resting place. There are many places that sell coffins. They come in a very wide variety of colors, materials, sizes, and decor. While any coffin will work for a loved one that has passed, some like to invest a bit to get a coffin they feel their loved one would approve of.
We did speak earlier about what happens when you are to be cremated or buried without a coffin? In these instances, you can rent a coffin for the visitation or wake. These coffins will be used for the intended purpose before being returned and the body sent to be cremated or placed in the tomb. Some do this for burials as well, using a rented coffin for a nice funeral service but having the actual coffin being simpler and more affordable.
To buy or rent a coffin, you have a few options. You can find some of them by speaking to a funeral home director, find a store that sells them locally, or even go online. Believe it or not even Amazon sells coffins if you are so inclined to put your trust in them. Many prefer to see the coffin first before spending the money on them. If you are artistically inclined to do so, it’s also acceptable to make your own. Just make sure that it will function as an actual coffin and not fall apart before it can be buried. A good coffin should be able to be sealed tightly. The other thing to remember is that you can’t postpone the funeral too long to build the coffin, so it might be easier to just buy one instead of trying to make one in time.
If you want more information on getting the right coffin, come and ask us here at Dale Woodward Funeral Home about possibilities. We want to make this difficult time as easy as possible for our customers, and give them all the information we can on the subject.