Wooden CasketThe last thing that anybody wants to do is to choose a casket for their loved ones. And yet, picking the final resting place of the deceased is one of the most important things you need to do for a funeral. On the practical side, the casket is also often on the costly side — with prices ranging from $900 for budget-friendly options to as much as several thousand dollars for the high-end ones.

There’s a wide array of caskets and sellers in West Valley City to choose from. To help you select the right one for your loved one, you need to consider the following:

1. Material

Caskets often come in two types of materials, wood and metal. Wooden caskets have a high-shine finish and mimic the look of hardwood, while metal caskets can be painted in practically any color. Sellers may tout that metal caskets have gaskets that can delay the decaying process, but don’t fall for their marketing-speak. Gaskets can seal metal caskets to keep water and other elements out, but nothing will slow down the decomposition of the body.

2. Size

Caskets come in different sizes that can accommodate adult and children’s sizes. There’s also the option to buy oversized caskets, which have widths that range from 31 inches to 51 inches, with the option to have customized sizes if needed.

3. Personal Values

The personal beliefs held by you and the deceased also play an important part in the selection process. For example, if your loved one adored nature when they were alive, you can honor their memory by choosing a biodegradable, “green” casket.

Lastly, it is important to stay informed. The U.S. government via the Federal Trade Commission has set the Funeral Rule, which requires funeral homes to provide a list of caskets and their prices before showing you the caskets. This allows you to ask to see only the caskets that are within your budget and avoid being persuaded to buy options that are more expensive.

The rule also gives you the right to choose any casket you want for your loved one, without having to pay an extra “handling” fee to the funeral house.