Considering Coffins or Caskets


When organizing the funeral of your relative, coffins, caskets and urns are important parts of the process. With the many different styles available, you can make choices according to the wishes of the deceased and their personality.

To narrow down your choices, be sure to think about the following:

  1. Cost

Was your relative the extravagant type for whom only the best and priciest would do? Would they appreciate a price-conscious option? Are you on a loose budget or a tight budget?

  1. Materials

In the last few years, the materials for coffins and caskets have really diversified. You can now arrange for a coffin or casket to match the aesthetic of the deceased or the funeral.


  • Cardboard – Cardboard coffins have become popular in the modern era because although they are sturdy enough to hold a person, they break down and biodegrade fairly easily after burial. Many people like to decorate cardboard coffins with messages for the deceased. This gives the options for a personalized coffin at a lower price range.


  • Traditional Wooden – Usually made out of pine or mahogany, the traditional wooden coffin is still a popular choice and is usually adorned with metal handles and an engraved metal nameplate.
  • Veneered MDF – Veneered MDF looks like wood and is excellent for those on a lower budget who wish to have the appearance of luxury. 
  • Wool – Caskets made of felted wool have a beautiful modern feel. Wool is a sustainable resource that is also biodegradable, as well as being pleasant to both touch and look at. Handles are made of jute to carry on the environmentally friendly theme. 
  • Wicker – Wicker coffins have become extremely popular with the rise in natural and environmentally friendly burials. Wicker can be colored and shaped to suit your wishes. Wicker coffins look attractive while being strong enough to hold a person.
  1. Environmental Impact

As climate change and global environmental awareness becomes more mainstream, many are looking to lessen the environmental impact of their funerals. Local funeral directors will know the nearest spot for burial and be able to advise on the best materials for that particular spot, depending on soil conditions, native plants and ground conditions.

  1. Style

Coffins have both changed and stayed the same in the last few decades. There are still the traditional wooden coffins, with their traditional shape. However, looking at some of the more modern caskets available, there is a selection of styles available that include different colors and different combinations of handles and box.


  1. The Final Resting Place

Have a think about where the deceased will be finally laid to rest. Burials, especially some green burial places, may specify the types of materials that can be used in their particular ground. Sea burials have specific rules regarding coffins/caskets that must be followed to get a licence. Crematoriums often have preferences for the materials used in coffins or caskets to comply with their filtration units. 

Modern funeral directors have a lot more choice than ever before when it comes to the final farewell. Talk to them about your loved one and their likes and dislikes and they’ll be able to help you choose the perfect coffin or casket.


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