There are significant differences among casktes which should be noted before you make a selection. The two groups of caskets are Metal and Hardwood.
There are four types of metal caskets: Solid Bronze, Solid Copper, Stainless Steel, and Carbon Steel. Bronze and Copper are the most durable, and for that reason they are the most expensive. The inner fabric, the casket shell design and the type of metal ultimately establish the price of the casket.
There are many different types of woods which Hardwood caskets are made from. The price of Hardwood caskets are also determined by the inner fabric, the casket shell design and the type of wood.
Interior fabrics are made from either velvet, velour, crepe or satin. Using head panels and hardware; religious, nature or floral themes can be attained.
A casket is usually considered the final resting bed of a loved one. However, caskets alone are not designed to sustain the mass weight of the surrounding earth. Burial vaults are permanent outer enclosures built with the intention of supporting cemetery equipment and the weight of the soil. A burial vault provides peace of mind by protecting the casket against water and weight damage.
Today, cremation urns are available in a wide variety of materials including bronze, copper, stainless steel, pewter, cloisonné, marble, ceramic, as well as a large selection of quality solid hardwoods. Urn prices vary from $1900 for a cast bronze art masterpiece to $38 for a simple urn.