The Story of Caskets in America
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The Story of Caskets in America

From Coffins to Caskets - an American History We have to admit that most of us don’t like to talk about death, funerals, or anything related. Unfortunately, everybody will have to deal with it at some point in life, so it is not a bad idea to be prepared and have some knowledge about the topic. Apart from the many and various funeral rules, rituals, and things to organize, one of the main matters to know about is caskets, or should we say coffins? Is it a casket or a coffin? Are they different or not? Keep reading to find out more about the exciting history of caskets and coffins on the North American continent. Casket or coffin? What’s the difference? In a nutshell, caskets and coffins are used interchangeable, even if they do present some differences. The shape of the two differs, with the coffin having six sides and...

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How Much Does a Casket Weigh?
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How Much Does a Casket Weigh?

There are many things we cannot avoid in life, and death and funerals are to name. When someone close to us dies, we will have to deal with both the pain and trauma together with planning for the funeral ceremonies, especially if the deceased hasn’t left detailed instructions. From picking the casket to the final disposal of the remains, there are many aspects and problems to manage at a funeral. Even if the casket weight doesn’t make a common topic in conversations, you may have wondered (especially while watching the pallbearers in real life or movies) how much does a casket weigh. The answer is not straightforward, since several elements will affect the overall weight of a casket. The materials used for making the casket make the most crucial factor for weight, so let's have a closer look at the most common materials used. If you're looking for a casket...

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How to Carry A Casket - A complete Guide with Extra Tips for the Pallbearers
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How to Carry A Casket - A complete Guide with Extra Tips for the Pallbearers

Funerals are difficult to plan, mostly if the deceased hasn’t left specific instructions for the ceremony. The grieving family has to take care of many things, choose a casket, the final disposal of the remains, buy the burial plot, and so on. Selecting the pallbearers is one of the many decisions to make in a funeral, and people carrying a casket for the first time should be aware of a number of things that we’re outlining here. Being a pallbearer is both an honor and a duty - here’s why You should feel honored if the deceased’s family asks you to carry the casket; it’s a duty that not many people will have in life. It's an unfortunate opportunity, mostly when the deceased was a friend or family. But that only puts pressure on you to do your best; being selected by the family as a pallbearer means that the...

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Cremation Caskets - All Aspects Explained
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Cremation Caskets - All Aspects Explained

Death is both emotionally challenging and something we cannot avoid. Funeral, caskets, or funeral rituals don’t make a common topic, but it's better that we have all things taken into account before it happens. When someone in the family dies, the family members have to deal with both the emotions and the preparations for the funeral; it makes sense that we spare them some of the problems and leave at least indications about which type of funeral we want. Should cremation be your final choice for the funeral, collecting information about all aspects is very useful. From the type of casket, the process and alternatives you have for caskets, you need to collect all useful information before making a decision. What’s to say about cremation caskets in a nutshell? Cremation caskets are typically lighter than burial caskets; by all means, they are just as beautiful and sometimes even more ornate...

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Giving Money to a Funeral - Is It Appropriate or Not?
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Giving Money to a Funeral - Is It Appropriate or Not?

Many things in life are difficult, and attending a funeral is one that we all have to do sooner or later. Even if it’s a common thing, the funeral rituals are various and not all of us are familiar with them. It’s common for people to give money at birthdays, weddings, but at funerals giving money isn’t always a respectful gift. However, the protocols can sometimes be altered and people may still offer money if that’s how they feel, or the grieving family needs the help. Should you be thinking about offering financial support before, during, or after a funeral service, here are some interesting methods to do it without offending anyone: Offer a gift voucher instead of money Gift vouchers are still money, but people may have a different perception when receiving them. When you offer a gift voucher, the family of the deceased may highly appreciate it. You...

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How to accept the death
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The “Death Positive” Movement - A Complete Guide on How to Accept Death in Our Lives

Every time we speak of death, we think about suits and ties, veils and black clothing, a heavy casket, and a church. Dreary, grief, morose, depressing, cemetery, and expensive are also words typically associated with funerals. But what kind of words come to mind when you talk about death? Is it mystery or grief? Do you think about the painful loss or a tombstone? Nine times out of ten, it's going to be something negative, and it's perfectly understandable. What is the “death positive” movement all about? The Death Positive movement helps people to think and speak about death freely. It concentrates on family funerals, participation in the body preparation, and cremation/burial. It also includes talks about natural and green burial, specific ceremonies and rituals, as part of accepting death and decay as part of the natural world. The Death Positive movement is all about people being able to speak...

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last will and testament
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Do We All Need to Write a Will?

Truth be told, we don’t really think about writing our own will. It’s not challenging, especially if you don’t own many properties. However, it’s all a lot more complicated when you have minor children that won’t be able to own your properties. Should that be the situation for you, you may have to name a person to care for the inheritance for your kids. Let's not forget that you also need to nominate someone to care for your children when you die. You cannot just go ahead and write your own will. There are specific laws that differ from one state to another. As you can see, there are plenty of things involved in the picture, so writing your own will becomes quite the task even if you have the online programs for guidance. Does everyone need a will? Regardless of what you may think, you don't need to own...

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Sealed Casket
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Why Are Caskets Sealed - The Information to Read Before Making a Decision

Should you be in the situation where you have to buy a casket, one of the many things you’re going to notice is the sealing/non-sealing of the coffins. Obviously, there's a difference in the price between the two types, so it makes perfect sense to wonder if sealing is necessary. Is there a reason for sealing caskets? Caskets will still look like regular ones with half-couch or full-couch format, but they will have the sealing property as well. There are several reasons for which the caskets will be sealed. Keep reading to find out the most important ones: For reducing the risk of leakage If you need to transport the body by air, the majority of airline companies will require you to have the body embalmed or placed in a sealed container. The sealing will reduce the risk of any liquids to escape throughout transportation. For protecting the body People...

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Casket Colors
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Casket Colors - Do You Know Which Color to Choose?

Ideally, you have plenty of time to choose a casket for your loved one or yourself. However, life has a particular way of surprising us, and we're rarely prepared for this moment. When you have to buy a casket, the variety of caskets may strike you, and selecting one can easily overwhelm you. It’s not a bad idea to check the types of caskets on the market. One thing, to begin with, may very well be the colors. What are the most common colors used for caskets? Almost everyone knows that wood and metal caskets are the most popular materials used for caskets. Not many people know, though, which are the top color choices. Here they are: Brown Brown is honest and straightforward, and tells you a story about wholesomeness, reminding you of natural wood. It's simple, long-lasting, and is the perfect choice for a person that has been just...

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Metal or Wood Caskets - What Counts the most when Selecting between the two materials
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Metal or Wood Caskets - What Counts the most when Selecting between them?

Death isn’t the no.1 topic for regular conversations. Heck, it may never be the subject to talk about unless you have to deal with funeral services. Despite technology’s impressive development, we still don’t have another solution for ending life, and death will eventually come into our life. Whether you like to organize every little detail of your life and you're the one shopping for caskets, or you have to buy one for someone you've just lost, the market provides you plenty of options. It can get confusing pretty fast when you know nothing about it. You'd better start small and decide if you want to go with metal or wood, as they're still the top choices for materials. Is there a unique way to select a casket? Taking it slowly when selecting to buy a casket is ideal. Even if you don't have the time, you should at least learn...

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To Use or Not to Use a Burial Vault- A Complete Guide on Burial Vaults
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To Use or Not to Use a Burial Vault- A Complete Guide on Burial Vaults

In today's world of financial consciousness, more and more people are sitting on the fence about the amount of money they're willing to pay for a funeral. Adding a burial vault doesn't seem that important or necessary anymore. Most of the time, people attending a funeral don’t even get to see the burial vault (it’s only the people working at the cemetery and digging the grave). Therefore, spending somewhere between $500 and $1,000 for a burial vault doesn’t come easy to many. It almost doesn’t surprise anybody when people ask themselves if they really need to use a burial vault or not? Even if the question isn’t complicated, the answer is quite tricky. It depends a lot on the circumstance of the burial, but you should learn all the details on burial vault before making a call. How to describe the burial vault briefly? The burial vault is a tough...

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Half-couch Vs. Full-Couch Caskets & Everything You Want to Know about Open-Casket Funerals
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Half-couch Vs. Full-Couch Caskets & Everything You Want to Know about Open-Casket Funerals

It goes without saying that funeral caskets aren’t something that many people choose to talk about. More often than not, people don’t feel comfortable talking about death and funerals, so it makes perfect sense that caskets aren’t a common topic either. Having said that, one quick look at the caskets out there, and you understand that the variety is impressive. Finding one coffin that you like has never been easy. And one thing to begin with when buying is whether you want a split-couch or a full-couch casket. What’s the best way to describe a half-couch casket? Most of us have seen a half-couch casket before, as it’s the most common type of caskets. As a matter of fact, when you think of coffins, the half-couch model is probably the first to come to mind. The lid of the half-couch casket includes two different pieces that are hinged together. If...

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