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Choosing Coffins, Caskets and Urns – A Brief Guide to Arranging a Funeral

Choosing a coffin is often one of the hardest and most emotional aspects of arranging a funeral, and for some families it is the most difficult. If you find yourself in this position it would be wise to have some support from family and friends.

Your choice of coffin, casket or urn may be influenced by one or more of the following factors:

  • What you believe reflects the personality or wishes of the person whose funeral it is.
  • Whether you have any strong ethical requirements, particularly around the green credentials of
    the coffin or casket.
  • What aesthetically you like the look of.
  • Whether you have a specific budget in mind – At Bennetts Funerals and Undertaker Services, the individual price of each of our coffins, caskets or urns will always be shared with you when making your choice.
  • Whether or not deceased is to be buried or cremated.
  • The wishes of the deceased.

Firstly you may be wondering, what is the difference between a coffin and a casket?

The difference is basically one of design. Coffins are tapered at the head and foot and are wider at the shoulders. Caskets are rectangular in shape and are usually constructed of better quality timbers and feature higher standards of workmanship. Many people regard the coffin or casket as an important tribute to the deceased and they are therefore selected with care. However, to spend so much that it would mean financial difficulties for those left behind would be misguided.

In recent years cardboard coffins have become very popular. Seen as an eco-friendly alternative to the solid wood coffin, they are a popular choice, along with wicker coffins, if you are arranging a woodland burial or eco-funeral.

If the deceased is to be cremated, you will need to collect the remains in a cremation urn or at least a temporary container. People usually buy an urn to store the ashes or a portion of ashes left after scattering, to create a warm memory of a loved one. You should consider the size of the urn. Cremation Urns are made in several different sizes to accommodate varying amounts of cremains and the final disposition location. Using smaller sharing keepsake urns is a loving way to divide and share the remains among family members and friends so that each can have an urn and keep a portion in a place that is close to them.

Bennetts Funerals and Undertaker Services of Essex offer an extensive range of quality coffins & caskets. Families can either make their choice from a brochure or if they prefer, from our coffin & caskets showroom. The range we can supply is extensive and we try our utmost to accommodate every request no matter how unusual. Requests for military funerals are always catered for, with our contacts at the Essex Regimental Museum offering their support and guidance.

Whatever you decide, if you are arranging a funeral and need to discuss choosing a coffin, Bennetts Funerals highly trained staff are here to advise you sensitively and professionally.