All You Need to Know About Casket Sprays

Casket sprays serve as floral tributes for deceased loved ones. Simply put, a casket spray is a floral arrangement which is placed on a casket for the funeral.

People typically choose casket sprays for their closest family members like their parents, children, spouses, and siblings.

The beautiful casket sprays are prepared from fresh and high quality plants. They are usually handmade by professional florists. They are made of a wide variety of flowers and leaves like:

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Comforting Death and Memorial Quotes for Eulogy

Writing and delivering a eulogy is a great way to commemorate a life well lived. Apart from honoring the deceased, it gives the bereaved an opportunity to gather their heartfelt feelings for the departed loved one.

However, you only tend to have a limited time frame for writing as well as giving your remembrance speech, whether it is for a funeral or a memorial service. So you need to keep it brief yet touching and meaningful.

One simple way to achieve this goal is to include some inspiring quote or saying in your eulogy, especially at the beginning or end. It will help make your speech more appealing and impactful. Here are some beautiful quotes for your help.

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Helping A Grieving Friend

Grieving FriendThe loss of a loved one is emotionally, physically and mentally challenging.  Regardless of the type of loss – parent, child, friend or even a pet – there isn’t a handbook on how to grieve or a timetable for the stages of grief.  As a friend of someone that has experienced loss, how can you help?  What do you say?  What shouldn’t you do?  Here’s a few do’s and don’ts that can help you help those that are grief stricken.

 

Do’s

Take charge.  Simple ordinary tasks for those that are grieving can suddenly become overwhelming.  Clean a bathroom, help with the kids, organize a closet, do a few loads of laundry.  Routine chores and daily upkeep can quickly fall through the cracks and overnight add additional stress to a friend that is grieving.  Lending a helping hand can keep those tasks from becoming a burden. Continue reading →

How To Prepare A Eulogy

eulogyOne of the most challenging tasks to face after the loss of a loved one is sitting down to prepare a eulogy in honor of those that have passed away.  The eulogy represents not just the life of your loved one but also the very heart of they were.  But don’t be overwhelmed.  An easy to follow four step program helps you with what to write and how to deliver a eulogy that is heartfelt and personal to all that come to honor your loved one. Continue reading →

Caskets And The Funeral Rule

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Funeral Rule was enacted on April 30, 1984. It was further amended in the year 1994.

The rule was designed to protect the consumers from deceptive and unfair practices undertaken by funeral providers.

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For instance, when you are going to purchase a casket, the funeral provider is supposed to give you the price list of all the caskets (even those that are not on display, offered temporarily, or offered only to a select group of customers) require special ordering) to help you make an informed decision.

Caskets that require special ordering may not be included in this list, though.

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Different Materials For Caskets

A casket is a rigid container in which a dead body is placed for funeral service and burial. They are usually made of metal and wood.

However, due to increasing awareness about the need to protect and preserve the environment, nowadays, people are considering green burials with eco caskets.

Furthermore, cremation caskets are also gaining popularity as more and more people are going for cremations instead of burials.

Nevertheless, those who want to honor the deceased with a proper burial and delay the process of decomposition can go for long-lasting caskets and burial vaults.

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Types of Materials Used for Making Caskets

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Funeral caskets are traditionally made of a lightweight steel alloy. More often than not, they have options like 16-gauge, 18-gauge, 20-gauge, etc. Gauge indicates the thickness of the metal.

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Determine Casket Size Before Purchasing A Casket

Caskets come in a variety of sizes like standard, infant, and oversized caskets. On an average, the casket length is about 84 inches, width is 28 inches, and height is 23 inches.

These dimensions are based on the fact that the average person is almost 60 inches long, 18 inches wide, and 6 inches high.

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Nevertheless, you can order a casket or coffin with different dimensions, depending on the size of the individual who is to be placed in it.

In terms of price, there is no considerable difference between the price of an oversized casket and a standard one. However, it is likely to increase the cemetery cost.

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How To Carry A Casket In A Funeral?

Being asked to become a pallbearer for a deceased loved one is considered as a mark of respect for a close friend or family member.

However, individuals who have never carried a casket in a funeral tend to be nervous and apprehensive about this task.

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Thus, if you have any doubts, you can ask your funeral director to help you learn and even show you the proper way of carrying a casket.

Basically, you need to rest the casket on your shoulder and then extend your arm underneath either to hold the other side or put it on the shoulder of another pallbearer on the other side.

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How Much Does A Casket Cost?

A casket or coffin is an integral part of a funeral. Moreover, caskets are usually priced high. Thus, having an elaborate casket tends to increase the funeral cost.

According to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), the average cost of a metal casket was $2,295 in 2009.

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Metal caskets are sturdy and made of steel. Of these, the one prepared from 20 gauge steel are the least expensive.

Furthermore, high-quality solid wood caskets usually cost around $1,500 to $3,000. These caskets can be prepared from a variety of woods like mahogany, oak, cherry, walnut, poplar, and so on.

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How Much Does A Casket Weigh?

The weight of a casket depends on the type of material it is made of. Thus, cloth covered cardboard caskets tend to weigh less than wooden and heavy gauge metal caskets. On an average, the weight ranges between 100-300 lbs.

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Besides, needless to say, the weight also depends on the size of the casket. Hence, oversized caskets are likely to be heavier than the normal one or those designed for children.

Pet caskets, too, are comparatively lighter in weight. Most commercial caskets are tested to carry about 300 to 500 lbs so that they can successfully bear the weight of the deceased.

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