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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Choosing The Right Kind Of Casket For The Last Journey Of The Departed

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By Cathy Reyes

If a loved one has passed away, it is natural to feel overwhelmed with grief and unable to come to terms with the irreparable loss and the void that his or her death has created. But it is important to overcome that pain and make preparations for the funeral proceedings for which an appropriate casket is essential.

Choosing a suitable casket is very difficult, as you would want to buy a good product at a reasonable price when you are just not in a psychological state to bargain. When the departed's religious or cultural beliefs has certain requirements for the casket or the departed himself has made his tastes known in this regard, then the choice of a casket becomes much simpler.

Caskets can be of many shapes, sizes and designs, with prices varying accordingly. They are normally divided into two broad categories, funeral caskets and burial caskets. Burial caskets are usually created only for the objective of funeral rituals while funeral caskets allow one last view of the deceased to the loved ones.

Caskets are available in a variety of materials such as metal, fibre, wood and marble. In previous times, wooden caskets were preferred and selection from different kinds of wood such as mahogany, maple, oak etc could be made. Polished perfectly, wooden caskets are of good quality and they look elegant with a shiny feel, but their prices are also usually higher. Metal caskets are a good alternative with their bronze, stainless steel, or copper finish, and you will have options of various colours, designs, and patterns.

Eco friendly material based caskets are also getting popular nowadays with so much stress on protecting the planet, particularly among the environmentally aware people. With these, the material used bio degrades and does not cause any damage to the ecosystem. These could be your best tribute to the deceased if he or she believed strongly in safeguarding the environment.

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