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How to Buy a Casket

Choosing a casket can be confusing with all the different industry jargon and description. This is a simple guide that will help you make an educated decision.


  1. Know the difference and meaning of gasket caskets and non-gasket caskets.Simply, gasket sealed caskets mean that the casket is sealed from dirt and debris and does not allow gasses and air to escape. If you are burying your loved one, the casket gasket might not make much of a difference because it will be exposed to water underground, which will rot a rubber gasket. If your loved one will be in a mausoleum, DO NOT get a gasket. It will cause the body to decompose at a faster rate, but for longer, usually damaging both the casket and the mausoleum itself. Caskets with gaskets are also usually upwards of 0 dollars more than caskets without.
  2. Figure out your budget, then do some online shopping.Decide on what style you want, and find a casket online that fits in your price range. Caskets are generally made form metal (steel, stainless steel, copper, bronze) or wood such as oak, cherry, mahogany, and others. Print out what you like so you can bring the examples with you to the funeral home.
  3. Select what you want on the interior.Keep in mind that fabrics will last much longer than anything painted or glued on, which usually disintegrate within a year. The Interior Caskets generally have a variety of interior options to choose from. The interior of the casket is commonly made with fabrics such as velvet, cotton crepe, satin crepe, and others. A crepe means that the fabric is slightly thin and has a wrinkled appearance. You will have many color choices such as white, blue, pink, beige, gold, silver, and others.
  4. When choosing a casket exterior, after choosing the color and material of your taste and what you think better suit the deceased, think about how thick and durable you want the casket to be.If you want it thick, then 18 gauge is the way to go. If your loved one was petite, then 20 gauge is probably fine. When choosing a casket interior, keep in mind the color and fabric type you think best suits the occasion.
  5. Don't forget to bring an objective third party with you when shopping for a casket (A friend or coworker works best).Not only is it important to your mental health to have someone who is not in the same state as you there for emotional support, but they can also keep you from over-spending because of the vulnerable state you are in.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    What is a full couch? What is a foot panel?
    Kenan Guliyev
    Community Answer
    A half couch or full couch refers to whether the lid comes in two pieces (half couch) or one piece (full couch). In the case of a viewing, visitation, or an open casket funeral, either the upper half of the body (half couch) or the entire body (full couch) will be on display. The foot panel is a part of the casket interior that is inside the foot portion of the cap.
  • Question
    Why do I feel bad if I buy a cheaper casket for a loved one?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    The same reason you might feel bad if you bought them something cheap while they were alive. It doesn't show as much care for your loved one if you care more about saving money than getting them something of good quality. Even if they're not around to be affected by it, it can feel like you're not honoring their memory well.
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  • The funeral home must accept any casket you choose to buy from any provider without charging you extra fees.
  • You are not obligated to buy from one provider or funeral home. You have complete autonomy.
  • Choose the thickness of the casket (18 gauge thicker than 20 gauge)
  • Choose the casket metal first.
  • Choose the exterior and interior color.
  • Make sure you have the information of your funeral home for shipping. (Name, telephone number, address - should be different from your own - etc.
  • Always have a Budget in mind. Expenses can get out of control sometimes when sudden or unexpected events happen.
  • When looking for the best casket for the deceased, consider their age, size, occupation, favorite color, and taste.


  • A sealed casket (in anything but the most frigid weather) becomes a crock-pot that is likely to turn the body into a smelly stew, whether it's embalmed or not.
  • In mausoleums, a seal will hasten the deterioration of the casket.
  • If you embalm a body for internal preservation the body's going to look awful. If you do it so Uncle Joe looks good tonight, the body acids will immediately eat right through the casket-rendering the seal worthless.

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