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Casket Choices

Casket Choices

The loss of a loved one brings a chaos of emotion. Not only are you mourning your loss you are trying to plan and prepare for a visitation, funeral or a life celebration. And there are more decisions to make than you may realize.

The casket is one small part of the funeral, but it can be one of the biggest expenses if you don’t realize you have options.

Funeral homes have a large variety of caskets to choose from. Before you are taken into the casket showroom, or before you even start discussing caskets, the Federal Trade Commission’s Funeral Rule requires that the funeral director show you a list of the caskets available through the funeral home, including descriptions and prices.

If you’ve been shown only the higher priced caskets, ask to see the lower priced caskets, which may not even be on display.

Typically, caskets are constructed of metal, wood, fiberboard, fiberglass and plastic. Recently, more companies have begun developing caskets from natural materials such as willow, seagrass and bamboo.

You also have the option to choose a casket company that supplies caskets directly to families, such as Abbey Caskets.

Abbey Caskets keeps all of our models in stock and available for immediate delivery. You can call and place the order at the time of need and the casket will be shipped directly to the funeral home of your choice. The Funeral Rule requires that the funeral home accept any casket you choose and it cannot charge any additional fees for receiving or handling the casket.



  1. My grandmother’s health has been declining recently. Our family has begun preparing for memorial services, but we’re not sure what casket we should choose. I didn’t realize there are caskets available that are made from natural materials like willow and bamboo. That seems like an option my grandma would like. http://www.elmwoodcaskets.com/oak-forest.aspx

    • There are a variety of caskets available. Abbey Caskets only offers wooden caskets and cremation urns. But if you go to the funeral home or research online you will find a variety of metal and wood caskets, as well as other materials of caskets, available to purchase.

  2. I am interested in purchasing a casket, but there is no place on your site which tells the prices…
    Could you please send a catalog, or let me know what the prices are for your two casket types….?
    Thank you,

  3. I would also be interested in receiving your free Catholic Funeral Guide.
    Thank you,

  4. We want to prepay for 2 Abbey Caskets.
    Is there an open house coming in the Indianapolis-Greenwood, Indiana area?

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