#1 Tip: Don't buy a Sealer Casket, unless you want the inside of the casket to become gaseous and moldy (Picture a tomato decomposing in a cardboard box vs a plastic bag. The sealer casket is the disgusting plastic bag.)
#2 If you order a casket to be shipped to the Funeral Home don't agree to a casket handling charge
It is possible to buy caskets for less than $850: More Casket Options in Utah
Pictures by Robert Alexander in Farr West, Utah 801-388-9158
$850.00 Here is his blog: http://somethingcreative-alexanders.blogspot.com/
Did you know that if your loved one is over 300 lbs you will be pressured to buy a costly over-sized casket? And then an over-sized vault too! Robert builds caskets for bodies weighing more that 300-500lbs) AND it fits in a standard cemetery vault!!
To see/buy a tray-beir and Bamboo, Ratan, Banana Leaf and Seagrass caskets
The old fashioned bier and shroud (gorgeous example of biers)
Or build your own Casket!
A volunteer made this video about his experience with funeral from the time he was a little boy until he met Funeral Consumers Alliance:
The Funeral Homes that want you to be at their facility when your casket arrives say they have had an incident where one has arrived damaged.
I spoke to one director that said MOST arrive damaged! But that same director said locally built caskets NEVER come damaged!!
One Director spoke of a casket not arriving in time for services. So, if you're buying on your own, plan ahead if you know you're gonna need it.
If a Funeral Home charges a fee for packaging disposal it's usually too high (upwards of $150!). You can arrange to bring a pickup truck and take it to the dump yourself. Transfer station fee is only around $11.
Michael Sheetz of Provo with one of his Handcrafted Coffins
Michael Sheetz 801-356-1367
Don't know how to carry a casket or beir?