Arranging burial for a family member or friend is a decision that most people make just once or twice in their lifetime, often during a time of grief and you may feel unprepared to make this decision, overwhelmed with options and lacking the knowledge needed to make an informed choice.
There are many options for caskets, and they can be customized to fit your individual personality and budget. From an elaborate, bronze casket to a cloth covered wood casket, the professional staff at westside Funeral Home is here to help you learn more about caskets, the options available and what to consider when choosing a casket for yourself or your loved one.
A casket is a container which holds the body of someone who has passed away. A casket is used during the visitation or funeral service to allow family and friends an opportunity to say a final goodbye.
After the service, the casket is transported to the final resting place and then buried in-ground or laid to rest aboveground, as in a mausoleum.
Caskets come in a variety of materials with many different features. Although, caskets are not able to permanently preserve a body, the features and materials of the casket bring lasting honor to a loved one. With a wide variety of options, we will help you find the right casket for your family’s plans and budget.
The most common casket materials are listed below.
Some of the more popular casket features include:
When a casket is buried, the need for a burial vault or outer burial container is dependent on cemetery regulations. An outer burial container is a sealed container which houses the casket underground. It helps protect the casket from damage that may occur from the weight of the earth above it, water or heavy machinery that may be necessary to reach other nearby burial spaces.
Please note that no outer burial container can provide full protection from the elements. Outer burial containers do not come with any guarantee.
When arranging a cremation, one important decision to make is the selection of a cremation container, urn or remembrance item. A variety of styles, colors and materials are available, along with customized options, giving you the choice of selecting something as unique and special as the individual it represents.
From ceramic urns to carved wooden containers and eco-friendly options, you can find the urn that best reflects your loved one to celebrate their life. We can assist you in planning each aspect of a cremation, including selecting the urn that is right for you.
Cremation urns come in many shapes and sizes. The most traditional way to remember someone you love is a full-size urn that will hold the cremated remains (or “ashes”). Most people are familiar with vase-shaped urns, but funeral urn designs can be as simple as a beautiful box. The cremation box can be square or rectangle, tall or short.
These choices are very popular among families and the personalization options are numerous, allowing the cremation container to be as unique as the person being remembered.
Urns come in many materials like stone, wood and metal. Let’s look at a few popular options:
Many full-size urns allow for maximum personalization. The funeral urn can be engraved with names, dates, poems, images, Bible verses or any non-copyrighted writings. The funeral urn can be as unique as the person being remembered.
Remembering your loved one is part of the healing process. In addition to our full-size urn options, you might choose to give or keep a smaller gift of remembrance with beautiful keepsake urns. These small and precious reminders can help provide comfort for families as you honor and remember the one you loved. Choose from unique styles such as a wooden acorn or a handcrafted brass memento in the shape of a heart, rose or songbird.
Types of keepsake urns
Keepsake urns can be personalized by engraving names and dates, non-copyrighted lyrics, poems or quotes. As with full-size burial urns, there are many materials and shapes to choose from. Many of the full-size funeral urns also come in smaller keepsake sizes.
Materials for keepsake urns
Scattering urns and biodegradable urns
Elegant scattering urns will allow you to reunite your loved one with the natural spaces they loved. Beautiful urns made of natural rock salt and other biodegradable materials are designed for sea burials or water funerals and will dissolve after a few hours in the water. Biodegradable urns will allow you to place your loved one near a tree or flower garden as a continuation of their love of nature. Please remember to check with your local government, as there are often restrictions on where scatterings can take place.
When funeral planning for a loved one who has chosen cremation, a cremation container may be selected for use during the funeral or viewing. A cremation container is like a casket and allows friends and family to say goodbye during the funeral ceremony, visitation or viewing before cremation is performed. After the viewing or funeral service, the cremation container is transported to the crematory where the cremation will take place.
A wearable remembrance piece can bring comfort and peace wherever you go. Whether it is a necklace or a charm bracelet, the memory of a loved one can be kept close to you.
Cremation jewelry product options include a lovely charm bracelet with a small charm that holds ashes. This allows for multiple people to have a charm to remember the relationship. A very small container can also be worn as a necklace. Various metals are available, and they can also be personalized by adding names or dates as space allows.
Through keepsakes, whether it is a small urn or cremation jewelry, you can always keep your loved one close with a lasting token of remembrance. Children, grandchildren, spouses, and siblings may especially appreciate a personal way to remember their special relationship.
Our selection of merchandise whether you have selected a traditional burial or a cremation, will accommodate all taste and budgets. The professionals at Dudley Funeral Home are always available to help you with any questions you may have to customize a fitting tribute for your loved one.
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