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Don't overspend when buying a casket.
Funerals are Expensive.
By almost any measure, funerals are expensive. As a result, you are probably looking for ways to lower funeral costs. You may have investigated third party providers, such as casket stores, internet casket retailers, and even cemeteries, which offer caskets for sale at “reduced” prices, leading you to believe that when you go to the funeral home, the funeral director's charges will be minimal.
Because the casket is the largest tangible item you see when arranging a funeral, you may believe that it is the major cost component in the price of the funeral you're arranging. Not so! Funerals are a service, provided by highly trained and licensed personnel, on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, using specialized facilities and equipment. Payroll expenses, facilities maintenance, and automotive equipment comprise 80% of the funeral costs you pay for.
The Truth About Casket Prices.
Most funeral homes mark up the caskets they sell as much as 200% – 400% over wholesale. We mark up our caskets an average of 50%. Moreover, we don't try to sell you caskets made of expensive materials, such as stainless steel, copper, or bronze.
Remember... you should never have to spend
Why Have A Casket At All?
All caskets perform the same function: they act as a receptacle designed to allow the dignified display of the deceased during the visitation period and funeral ceremony, and as a protective container to hold the deceased after burial. Some caskets, commonly called “sealers”, are designed to be resistant to water, for a limited time. Just remember, no matter how much you spend, no casket will cause human remains to remain intact indefinitely!