Caskets are basically made of two materials – metal or wood. They are pictured in what is referred to as “half-couch”. This is where half the lid remains closed and often times a “spray” of flowers is placed on the closed lid. When the lid is all the way opened, that is referred to as a “full couch” casket and a blanket is used to cover the deceased from about the waist down. Often with a “full couch” casket, a larger “spray” of flowers rests upon a rack on the open lid of the casket. Some caskets can be made either way and there generally is no difference in the cost. Some caskets are gasketed and some are not. Some close with a clasp while others lock shut. Metal caskets are typically made of carbon steel, either 20 gauge or 18 gauge (18 gauge is thicker than 20 gauge). They can also be made of stainless steel, copper, or bronze. Wood caskets can be made of any number of different species of wood, or press board, or even corrugated cardboard. Some caskets are designed to be used for cremation but can certainly be used for burial as well, although not all burial caskets (metal) can be used for cremation.

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