Dan Redmond (Cemetery and Funeral Inspector, California Department of Consumer Affairs ) gives expert video advice on: Do I have to purchase a casket from a funeral home?; What are some guidelines about purchasing a casket?; Do "protective" caskets and sealers prevent a body from decaying? and more...
Do I have to purchase a casket from a funeral home?
You don't have to purchase a casket from a funeral home. There are several outlets for caskets - online caskets are sold. Even Costco sells caskets at this point. It's a good thing for you to shop around and see what kind of casket you want. Make sure you get the type of casket that's actually going to serve your needs the best. A funeral home must accept that casket from you. They must allow you to bring a casket in from the outside if that's what you choose to do.
What are some guidelines about purchasing a casket?
The guidelines for purchasing a casket are really dependent on what the individual and the families needs. There's several different styles of caskets out there now. Anything from wood to steel. They can actually be personalized, painted to match whatever sort of hobby they may have been into - gardening, for instance. They can paint flowers on the casket. They can really personalize and specialize a casket for you.
Do "protective" caskets and sealers prevent a body from decaying?
Protective caskets and sealers do not prevent the body from decaying. No matter what type of casket you're placed into the ground in, you will have infiltration of moisture, insects, roots, etc. into that casket. There is no casket that is actually going to protect the body from the elements and prevent it from decaying once it's placed in the ground.
What is an "Orthodox Jewish casket"?
An Orthodox Jewish casket is a casket that's made strictly out of wood. The Jewish faith believes that you should go into the ground the same way you came into the Earth, which was with the bare, natural necessities and metal is not one of those. An Orthodox Jewish casket is always made with wood and it's even put together with wooden dowels.