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Caskets vs. Coffins

Published: November 4, 2022

There are two main types of funeral service containers: caskets and coffins. Caskets are generally more expensive than coffins, but both serve the same purpose of providing a final resting place for a loved one. In today's blog, Fort Worth Funerals & Cremations will bring a closer look at the differences between caskets and coffins.

Caskets and urns at a casket store

Shapes

Caskets are typically rectangular in shape, while coffins are more tapered and resemble the human body. This shape difference is due to the different ways in which caskets and coffins are constructed. Caskets are built with an interior liner that is then fitted with an outer shell. Coffins, on the other hand, are constructed from a single piece of wood.

Metal casket with flowers on top

Materials

Caskets and coffins can be made from a variety of materials, including wood, metal, or fiberglass. Wood is the most common material used for both caskets and coffins, as it is a traditional material that can be easily customized. Metal caskets are typically more expensive than wood caskets, but they offer a more durable option. Fiberglass caskets are the least common type of funeral service container, but they offer a lighter-weight option.

Black casket with flowers on top

Pricing

Caskets are generally more expensive than coffins, due to the materials used and the construction process. However, there is a wide range of prices for both caskets and coffins, so it is important to compare prices before making a purchase.

Woman's hand on a wood casket

Preference

In the end, the type of funeral service container you choose is a matter of personal preference. Some people prefer the traditional look of a wood casket, while others prefer the modern look of a metal or fiberglass casket. There is no right or wrong answer, so it is important to choose the option that is best for you and your family.

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Caskets and coffins serve the same purpose of providing a final resting place for a loved one. While there are some differences in price, shape, and other factors, it comes down to what you and your loved ones think is better or more meaningful. Contact Fort Worth Funerals & Cremations for our funeral services and get our team to help you today!

 
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