A key aspect of planning a funeral is deciding how you wish to contain your loved one’s remains and how you would like to mark their final resting place. This largely depends on the type of funeral you are planning.
You are likely to need a different type of coffin for burial rather than cremation, an urn just for cremation, and the choice of the headstone will depend on whether you have chosen to lay your loved one to rest at a burial ground, and if so which type?
Coffins and Caskets
Choosing the type of coffin or casket you want may not be as simple as you suppose as there are many different styles and materials available. When making your choice, you will need to consider the personality and taste of your loved one in order to choose something fitting.
Choosing the right coffin or casket can be difficult as it relies on so many things. For our more detailed advice on this choice, read our guide to choosing a coffin or casket.
If you have chosen a cremation funeral for your loved one, you may need to choose an urn for their ashes. Funeral urns come in a variety of shapes and sizes and they can be made from different materials depending on what you are looking for.
Read our dedicated guide to choosing an urn.
If you are arranging a burial for a loved one, one of the things you might be considering is a headstone for their grave. The deceased might have already chosen a headstone, but if you have to do it yourself, the decision can be difficult. When designing and choosing a headstone, you will need to consider the shape and design of the headstone, the material from which it is made, the type of finish applied to the headstone, and any inscription you’d like to have applied, as well as your available budget.
For our dedicated advice, read our guide to choosing a headstone.
With so many options to consider, we recommend having an understanding of the type of funeral you are wanting to have before making these important decisions.