When a loved one passes away, you’re often faced with many questions from your Adelaide funeral director. Top of the list – if a pre-arranged funeral isn’t in place – is choosing a coffin or casket that your loved one will be buried or cremated in.

How much do you need to spend on a coffin or casket? Should you be pushed by an Adelaide funeral director to spend more on a glossy option that costs many thousands of dollars?

Do you need to spend a lot of money on a coffin or casket?

At Sensible Funerals, we think the answer is no.

As part of our philosophy of providing funerals that are dignified and respectful, without having to spend a fortune, Sensible Funerals provides the option of a Sensible Casket. It’s a traditional-looking outer casket enclosing a lightweight yet incredibly strong craft wood casket. The outer cover is removed prior to cremation.

It’s one of the ways that Sensible Funerals can keep costs low for customers, while providing the perfect send-off for loved ones.

The Sensible Casket is one of our most popular options. In fact, most of the people who choose us to be their funeral directors choose the Sensible Casket. We do have other options available but we will never try to upsell to a more expensive casket or coffin just so we can make more money.

Sensible Funerals relies on its good name and repeat business more than we do on making the most money possible on each funeral.

What’s the difference between a coffin and a casket?

You might be wondering what the difference is between a coffin or casket.

While they both serve the same purpose, the simple difference is that a coffin is tapered at the top and bottom, while a casket isn’t. Often a coffin has a removable lid, while a casket has a hinged lid.

How much can you spend on a coffin or casket?

If you’re using another funeral director and don’t have the option like the Sensible Casket, a standard casket will generally be more expensive as it requires additional materials. However, the final cost is mostly dictated by the choice of materials and customisation features such as the exterior materials and interior fabric and cushioning.

This means that a simple coffin or casket could cost you as little as several hundred dollars. A more elaborate and customised product, meanwhile, could cost you many thousands of dollars.

Here are some important things to note when it comes to choosing a coffin or casket:

  1. A coffin or casket isn’t a demonstration of how much you love a person and spending more than you can afford isn’t the answer.
  2. Don’t feel guilted by a funeral director into buying an expensive product or be concerned about what other people may think.
  3. Spend what you feel comfortable spending on a coffin or casket.
  4. Most of all, if your Adelaide funeral director is pressuring you to purchase a more expensive coffin or casket than you feel comfortable with or want, then walk away. It’s a sure sign that the funeral director isn’t right for you.

Note: We’ve hopefully provided answers to your key questions on coffins and caskets in this post. If you’d like to know more, please don’t hesitate to ask Sensible Funerals.