After a death many funeral homes will try to sell you a casket but there is no law requiring you purchase one before cremation. Usually a cremation container or alternative container that is made mostly of cardboard or fiberboard, that is combustible and costs anywhere from 25.00 - 300.00 will be used. The Federal Trade Commission which governs all funeral homes and cremation services in the United States says the following. "No state or local law requires the use of a casket for cremation. A funeral home that offers cremations must tell you that alternative containers are available, and must make them available. They are often constructed of natural wood, pressed wood, fiberboard, or cardboard."
When a person’s remains are cremated, the body must be placed in a rigid container that is entirely combustible. The container can be a traditional casket, but it does not have to be. The only mandate is that there are to be no metal parts. The type of service you are planning has a great impact on the type of casket or container you purchase.
If You Are Planning a Traditional Funeral Service before Cremation
you can purchase a combustible casket to hold the remains during the wake or religious service, which will then serve as the cremation container.
You can rent a casket for the memorial then have the remains put in an affordable container for the cremation, This “alternative container,” is usually a plain container made of cardboard, and other light paper and wood materials.
Most funeral homes supply rental caskets which can save you money as long as the funeral home you’re working with is able to supply one.
If You Have Plans Of A Direct Cremation with A Funeral Service After
As the funeral service takes place prior to the cremation process, a memorial service will takes place after, with the cremains committed to an urn and showed alongside a photo of the departed with flowers and some personal items.
Direct cremation eliminates the need for a casket totally because the body is never shown.
Many people may still choose a casket as the cremation container there is no mandate or rule that you have to. Simply just ask the funeral home or crematory for an alternative container.
A Matter of Expense and Preference
Even though you need an appropriate container for the cremation process, There is no rule that it has to be a casket. You and your family may choose whichever best suits your needs.
A death in the family often leaves families with a financial burden that is hard to manage. Cremation is an efficient and cost-effective option that costs less than other funeral services, which frees the family from unnecessary financial burdens.