Do it Yourself
Caskets are one of the largest funeral expenses; so if you're pre-planning a funeral or attempting to personalize the funeral of a loved one, making your own casket might be a good option. A homemade casket guarantees you the ultimate in originality and personalization. If you're making your own casket, you can choose your own size, shape, color, material and look.
The great thing about making your own casket is you'll be getting exactly what you want. Funeral homes place an extreme markup on casket prices (sometimes up to 1600 percent or eight times the manufacturer's price); if your loved ones are left to make decisions at the same time that they're grieving, they may be susceptible to funeral home up-selling.
Building your own casket isn't a difficult task. It might seem like a strange idea at first, but here are some things to think about:
- Building your own casket is just as practical as writing a will or pre-planning a funeral.
- By building your own casket, you're taking action to make a stressful time easier for the ones you love.
- You could save a lot of money (really, thousands of dollars) on funeral expenses. If you're planning to fund your own funeral, you can use that money for things you'll enjoy now instead.
- You may save your family money, or you will have more to leave them.
Casket Plans Online
As with so many things, the internet can be a great resource for finding information and ideas on building your own casket. Several good websites offer plans for caskets that you can download.
By looking around at casket plans on the internet, you can get a good idea whether you want to be creative or traditional. You'll see ideas from people who have customized their caskets in ways you might not have thought of. There are a number of different ways to make a statement with your casket, including using unusual shapes or textures, engraving or coloring. A casket plan company may also have specific materials you may need, like specially designed casket handles, latches and hinges. They will also serve as an invaluable resource as you're planning.