Cemetery and Cremation Arrangements Planning; Buying Caskets, Urns, Burial Vaults, Monuments and
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Caskets and casket stores have dramatically changed the cost of final
cremation urn needs to be consider when Final Arrangements Planning calls for
Memorial and Monument, Headstone are as varied in both price and style as there
are those who purchase them
Save thousands if you get the right Burial Vault.
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Memorials, Burial Vaults, Urns & Caskets | There are more choices of sellers of these products and variety of ways
to go about arranging for them. Traditionally the funeral director
arranged for it all. Not today.
There are internet sites and actual casket retail stores in many
cities. The objective in this area of the arrangements is to at least get
a description and price range of whatever would be required by your choice
of burial, entombment or cremation. This should go placed in your file of
these arrangements, so that, if you don't actually contract for the items,
loved ones will have your guidance on the matter.
Use the links page,
to find sites, and view the variety of products and price ranges available
to you. Cemeteries and funeral homes can also show you what's available and how
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Learn More.... About Caskets
and Urns and how you could end up saving 50% to 70%.
The choices are quite varied but a lot depends on your choice of
location. Most cemeteries have specific guidelines on the type, size,
material, placement, etc.
Once you have chosen where then you can shop locally or use our links
to find what may interest you. Size and material determines price most of
In addition to the actual cost of the item, there are shipping,
foundation construction and installation costs. Size also dictates here.
Ask the cemetery what the charges would be.
and Entombment arrangements necessitate the purchase of these items. If
you're considering planning to save the family emotional stress, a casket
buying session is one of those hard moments. Any guidance you can provide,
as to acceptable type and price range, would help a great deal.
Actually deciding on it would be the
best. You can get a good idea of what to put in your casket description
category of your arrangements by visiting funeral homes, cemeteries even
retail stores in some city are open. Use the Links on this page as well.
Caskets come in several metals, woods
and even plastics. In steel, the most used type, they're priced by 'gauge'
of steel, i.e. a 16 'gauge' is generally lower priced than 18 'gauge'.
Caskets prices can carry 500% and 600%
profit margins for funeral homes, similar to those in the jewelry trade.
The reason for this is quite simple, nobody shops around like they would
for just about anything else.
An important point, you can purchase a
casket from some other source than the funeral home where the funeral is
planned and that funeral home cannot increase your charges nor add some
kind of "handling fee". This is strictly forbidden by the FTC
(Federal Trade Commission) which regulates the death care industry. The
FTC Link on this page will take you to its information site which has a
wealth of things you should know as you formulate your arrangements.
If cremation is the choice then in some cases an urn is desired. If
burial is to take place the cremation container provided by the
crematorium is generally acceptable to most cemeteries. Check with the
cemetery of choice for the requirements on this.
Urns should be considered if the remains are to be displayed, such as
in a mausoleum niche or private family retention. They are as varied in
design, style, material and price as there are choices of jewelry.
Use the Links page to see what may interest you and the price range you
want to put in your plan. If you aren't planning on purchasing yourself ,
try to provide as much detail as you can putting it down in your plan will
aid your family in finding what you had in mind.
If there is a burial in your arrangement plan, you will need a vault.
This is simply a protective outer container that will house the casket. We
know of no cemetery that does not require this item as a prerequisite of
The use of vaults allows cemeteries to aesthetically maintain the
grounds. Without vaults the topography would become unsightly and
dangerous for their maintenance equipment, as the ground settled around
the pockets created by burial. Graves would begin to resemble those of the
horror movies with markers sinking and angling in all directions.
A simple vault is all that most cemeteries require. Anything beyond the
basic is a waste of money. The only upgrade would be a lined basic vault
for better water protection. No matter what is chosen it does nothing to
protect casket or remains. Nature controls in this area.
Cremation Vaults are also sold. However, in most cases the container
provided with the remains is acceptable for burial, as it is, in most
cemeteries. Check with your cemetery of choice for details on this.
||There is a large but virtually unknown cottage industry that creates
many of these items in a variety of materials. Look around, the searching
for a unique item may make this difficult task a bit more enjoyable. Some of the artistry is
truly beautiful. Use the links page to find out a more of what's out there.
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