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Sometimes it takes a few searches to find the right casket for the right person. There are so many variables, such as budget, size of the body, location of the burial, and other personal preferences, that it can be overwhelming to pick just one. However, we’ve provided a list of questions to ask yourself when selecting your casket. There are also some basics to keep in mind.


When selecting a casket, it’s essential to keep in mind that the metal outer shell will be buried. The inner liner speaks to the aesthetics of the casket and can be selected according to your wants and needs.


What kind of metal are you looking for? The most common metal caskets at Memorial Gardens Funeral Home are:


Copper—This tarnish-resistant material is often used for cremation urns but is also available for creating burial caskets. Copper is often used in the traditional burial casket because it is durable and will not tarnish or corrode.


Bronze—Bronze is a copper-alloy where copper has been combined with other metals: gold, zinc, silver, and other metals. This material offers the same corrosion resistance as copper but is also a luxurious material that many choose for its beauty of style. Due to the combination of metals and their endurance to corrosion, bronze burial caskets are often preferred over pure copper caskets. 


Pewter—Pewter is a mixture of tin and lead that has been treated to become malleable, attractive, and easy to work with. When used in caskets, it is often preferred because it is less costly than other burial casket materials.


Do you want a headstone instead of a grave marker? A casket with a monument will automatically have a marked grave with the exact placement for your loved one. In addition, the cost of a headstone is typically much less than that of a grave marker. You can find more information on our selection of headstones here.


A casket is the outer shell of your loved one’s body. It begins and ends with the pelvic girdle, so those bones and tissues will determine the shape and design. A casket is made out of a variety of metals, but most often, you will find either copper or bronze. Other materials like pewter and silver are also used for various reasons ranging from cost to appearance.


There is no definitive rule for this; however, it is essential to keep in mind that a casket that is too small might start to break apart when buried. A casket that is too large may be able to support the weight of multiple bodies, but the design will not allow enough space for the body’s organs. The perfect number depends on your needs and budget.