A Guide to Buying Caskets

Buying a casket or coffin can be an overwhelming experience. Many people have little idea about what to expect and the options can be seem endless. If you need to purchase a casket, here is what you should know.

Types of caskets

Most caskets are made out of either wood or metal, but there is a growing number of caskets made out of alternative materials, such as wicker or wool.

How much do caskets cost?

The average casket costs over $2,000, making it an extremely expensive purchase for most families. However, if you look around you’ll find a wide range of prices. You can purchase a simple casket online for less than $500 -- which a high end casket could cost you more than $10,000.

Save money by going online

At a funeral home, many caskets are marked up by 300% or more. If you want to save money, you can find most caskets online for a fraction of the funeral home price, and many websites offer overnight delivery. You can even buy a casket on Amazon.

What size are caskets?

A standard casket is about 80 inches long and 24 inches wide and can generally fit someone up to 6’10” and 350 pounds. Extra large caskets are available for larger adults, as well as small caskets for children and pets.

Eco-friendly caskets

In recent years, there has been an emergence of eco-friendly caskets. Caskets made from natural materials, such as bamboo, wool or cotton, break decompose more easily and cause less of an environmental impact. If you’re interested in purchasing an eco-friendly casket, it may be difficult to do so through your funeral home, but the Green Burial Council maintains a list of certified providers, and it is easy to purchase a green casket online.

February 2018