A Tisket – A Tasket – What Type of Casket?

January 19, 2010 at 2:11 am 3 comments

Part One - Burial – Not Green The Embalming
Part TwoThe Visitation-or what to decorate is the question

Part Three – A Tisket – A Tasket_ What Type of Casket

NOTE: IT IS ONE MONTH ” TODAY” SINCE THE EARTHLY REMAINS OF MY SON WERE (IN MY OPINION ) HIJACKED BY “LITTLE MORE THAN STRANGERS” AND BURIED WITHOUT HIS KITH OR KIN- Maybe the following will give an insight to my thinking. Loraine


EVEL KNIEVEL- photo with permission
Steve Mandich

You have opted for – the embalming , the visitation and now your family ( unless you have made your wishes known) choose the vessel that will hold your vessel.

In North America things have progressed…. from this to sometimes this plain pine box

to possibly this:
Fiske Metal Burial Case SOURCE

and more recently to this :

You can even buy your casket on line from Walmart http://www.walmart.com ( search caskets)
in the price range from $750.00 to $3,000 but shop around because Cosco was selling at least one model cheaper.

OR perhaps you would like to opt for The Promethean, only set you back about $25.000 -

Micheal Jackson opted for this one
Inspired by James Brown’s 2007 funeral, the late King of Pop ordered a coffin called “The Promethean,” the same model chosen by relatives of the Godfather of Soul, from Batesville Casket Co. in Indiana—Jackson’s own home state.

SOURCE
You can get veterans / fire and police caskets dressed or “art worked” caskets specified to your branch of the service .

You have now been embalmed, laid out in your casket , been viewed and you are off to your final resting place. The cemetery – Here, you – in your casket- will be placed (more than likely ) inside a burial vault, liner etc.

SOURCE

Ever wonder why a burial vault?

Most think it is to give you added protection against ground water and creepy crawlies ( that will be dealt with in Going Green) etc. and to seal you in even further and that is possibly the case but that isn’t the only reason

Most states do not have laws or rules requiring the outer burial container, it is the Cemetery that mostly does. That is because the unit does offer use. It prevents ground collapse around it when a casket fails. The easier maintenance of the lawn and safe walking is assured, as is the safe excavation of ground around a grave liner, for new burials. It prevents unearthing an urn, casket or body when another grave is being dug.

And there you are – lying beneath the surface – all embalmed and made to look wonderful, snug in your casket with its pillows and blanket, protected by seals and concrete and styrofoam liners from all that could reach you for eternity or exhumation ( which ever comes first) ( hey you never know they might need that plot of land one day)

but who is going to save you from yourself?

Sometimes it is not such a good thing to be sealed in -

you could end up in a mess of your own making

. In some cases, a sealed coffin may actually accelerate the process of decomposition. An airtight coffin, for example, may foster decomposition by anaerobic bacteria, which results in a putrefied liquification of the body; all putrefied tissue would remain inside the container, only to be exposed in the event of an exhumation


http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Coffin

SOURCE ( can also cause bad breath)

Ah! what lies beneath indeed????? Well another box ticked. I know that I don’t want “me or mine” to take that chance -

Whew!!!!! dodged a bullet there from the “extended family”- !!!!!!


TO BE CONTINUED GOING GREEN ………

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. truth  |  January 19, 2010 at 5:13 am

    I got nothin’…….my brother was buried in a nice casket in a nice concrete vault but I know it was just his earthly shell. My brother, the true essence of him isn’t there…….regardless, my husband and I both agreed that we’ll bypass the embalming. Meanwhile, I’ve the urns of my granparents (from Scotland) ashes sitting here on my mantle. When my mum has visited a bit too long….I just ask her if she’s said hello to her mum and dad. That’s a bit too morbid in the humor department for her liking! lol

  • 2. Loraine Ritchey  |  January 19, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    After doing all this research and there is more to come on the way to “morph” there isn’t really a truly pleasant way to process…….all of the ways I have reseached have issues.. but some ( for me at least) have lesser impact on those that are left.. including the next up on going green….

  • [...] struck me: Chris was not cremated yet- they- I know that family are all about “embalming- Cadillac casket and burial something that is abhorrent to me and I knew my son’s thoughts on their ceremonies only too well- but this way was [...]

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