Casket Resources

 

#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!  

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 funeral from the time he was a little boy until he met Funeral Consumers Alliance:
 

 

Made in Utah Wooden Casket

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

https://www.handcraftedcasketsandcoffins.com/

Don't know how to carry a casket or beir?

https://www.heartandsoulfunerals.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/guidelines-for-coffin-bearing.pdf

Man displaying handmade wood coffin