When it comes to choosing a final resting place for a loved one, a frequently asked question is: should I get a casket or a coffin? What is the difference? While both serve the same purpose, there are some key differences between the two that may influence your decision.
First, let's define what each one is. A casket is most commonly used in North America. It is a rectangular container used to bury or cremate the deceased. It typically has two lids and is made of materials such as metal, hardwood, or fiberglass. Caskets often have higher end finishes and features, such as lining and hardware, that make them more expensive than coffins.
On the other hand, a coffin is a tapered container, commonly used in Europe, to bury or cremate the deceased. Think Dracula. It has six sides and is traditionally made of materials such as pine or plywood. Coffins are often thought of as being more traditional and are often associated with European funeral traditions.
It is important to remember that the ultimate decision of choosing a casket or coffin should be based on personal preference and what feels most appropriate for your loved one. In Canada, there is no legal requirement of one over the other. Although in most cases, consumers will choose a casket over a coffin.
To summarize, caskets and coffins both serve the same purpose but have different shapes and costs. Caskets are rectangular and have four sides and are usually more expensive, while coffins are tapered at both the head and foot, and have six sides and are usually less expensive. The choice between the two should be based on personal preference and what feels most appropriate for your loved one.