#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 method.)
#2 If you order a casket to be shipped to the Funeral Home don't agree to a casket handling charge
Better yet ship the casket to your home and bring it to the FH in your SUV, van or pickup truck.
-Robert Alexander in Farr West, Utah 801-388-9158
For $850.00 & up he builds this and similar: 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 300-500lbs. AND his fit in a standard cemetery vault!!
BUY DIRECT continued
-Trusted Caskets is one affordable casket company that offers metal and wooden caskets for sale online www.trustedcaskets.com
-TitanCasket.com can ship to Utah in 2 to 5 days.
-Tray-beir and Bamboo, Ratan, Banana Leaf and Seagrass caskets
-The old fashioned bier and shroud (gorgeous example of biers)
Build your own Casket!
Robert Alexander has donated this 2 page "simple casket" plan so you can build it yourself.
A volunteer made this video about his experience with funerals from the time he was a little boy until he met Funeral Consumers Alliance:
The Funeral Homes say they want you to be at their facility when your casket arrives because they had an incident where one has arrived damaged.
I spoke to another 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 accurately.
If a Funeral Home charges a fee for disposal of packaging it's usually too high (upwards of $150!). You can bring a pickup truck and take packaging to the dump yourself. The Transfer Station fee is around $11, depending on which county you live in.
April 2023, 5 minute Money News video about Titan Casket's direct sales to families. Buy a casket at TitanCasket.com to ship to Utah in 2 to 5 days.
Michael Sheetz formerly of Provo with one of his Handcrafted Coffins. He is temporarily not building caskets until perhaps 2025 but remains a true advocate of funeral liberty.
Don't know how to carry a casket or beir?