Caskets and the Cremation Services Process

For a relatively simple body disposition process, cremation sure seems to have a lot of people scratching their heads. One of the things that people find confusing sometimes is the role that coffins or caskets play in the whole process. So before you plan a cremation in Elyria, OH for your deceased relative, it pays to learn a thing or two about how caskets fit in the process.   

Coffin in Cremation Chamber 

As you might imagine, a coffin or casket will be incinerated along with the deceased body if placed into a cremation chamber. One thing to consider, however, is that the length of time for the cremation to be completed will take longer if the body is placed into a coffin or casket prior to being placed in a cremation chamber. Another thing to keep in mind is that it’s best to select a coffin that is constructed from flammable material for best results in the cremation chamber. It’s also best to ensure that the coffin does not have parts that can’t be incinerated such as metal.  

Coffin or Casket Alternatives 

A casket isn’t actually necessary for cremation the way that it is for traditional funeral services, but it isn’t uncommon to use them either. However, the cost for them can substantially increase the cost of a cremation. This is one reason why some people choose to buy a casket alternative such as one constructed from wood or strong cardboard. They will serve the same function and purpose of a coffin or casket but will cost much less. When you consider that many people choose cremation over traditional burial due to cost considerations, it might not make much sense to buy an expensive traditional casket.  

Coffin Rental 

Renting a casket rather than buying one is another option. A rented casket contains an opening into which an alternative casket, one made from wood or strong cardboard, is placed. This is an option if there will be a viewing. Once the body is ready for cremation, the alternative casket will be removed from the rented casket and placed in a cremation chamber. The alternative casket containing the deceased will be placed into the cremation chamber while Since the deceased body will never actually make contact with the rented casket, the rented casket can be reused.  

These are just some of coffin or casket issues that you should consider before you plan an Elyria, OH cremation. Of course, you can count on All Ohio Cremation & Burial Society, Inc. for help in planning a body disposition. We hold the distinction of being the only fully licensed cremation society in the state of Ohio. Whether you want cremation services or funeral services, our professional and compassionate staff will be happy to assist you in planning the perfect send-off for your deceased loved one. Call us at (216) 631-4500 or visit us at 16150 Brookpark Rd., Cleveland, OH 44135 if you’re interested in setting up a body disposition. You can call us with your questions or concerns 24 hours a day. Let us know how we can help you.

Patrick Mahoney