Why is the Cost of a Casket So High?

Feb 22, 2020

One of the main focal points and important pieces of a traditional funeral is the casket. We place a great emotional significance on the casket, as it is the last visible thing that you see at a graveside service. Because of the role that a casket plays, it causes the casket cost to rise.

Plainly stated, the casket is the container designed to hold the remains of the deceased. They are used for protecting the dignity of the deceased, and it can provide a beautiful and meaningful way to display your loved one’s remains during a funeral or memorial service. The tradition has remained for generations to honor and protect the person.

Caskets come in a wide variety of designs, and they also come in a wide variety of costs. Simple caskets can be as low as $1,000, while high-end and customizable options can reach tens of thousands of dollars. The wide range of prices means there is a wide range of options, and you can find a casket that fits both taste and budget.

The cost of a casket is primarily dependent on the material they make it from, not unlike furniture. Hardwood caskets can range less expensive, common wood like pine, to the more expensive types like mahogany. Other materials go for higher amounts, with bronze models reaching greater costs than stainless steel.

Any design or ornamentation will also affect the cost, same with the levels of customization or personalization. It will help if you can also compare the costs of caskets. Mark-ups will be higher at funeral homes and retail showrooms, and costs will be lower from online providers. In no way are you required to purchase your casket from the funeral home directly.

Cost of burials also plays a role in your decisions. Most cemeteries require a burial vault, which protects the ground around the casket from collapsing, but other cemeteries allow a less-expensive grave liner. You should consult your cemetery on their policies and prices regarding vaults or liners.

When opting for a cremation, the use of a casket is optional. You may wish to hold a memorial service with the casket and remains, followed by the cremation. The decision is personal, but can sometimes be difficult. 

Many factors will affect the cost of a funeral or memorial service, and the casket can be one of them. You do not need to go through them alone, so Simply Cremation & Funeral Care is available to assist you at any time. Our mission is to offer excellence in our service while providing the compassion, sincerity & understanding needed by families we serve.