How Much Does a Casket Cost?
The funeral casket is going to be one of the most expensive things you’ll buy when it comes to a funeral. Caskets can come in may shapes and materials such as metal, wood, and plastic. The price of a casket is going to depend on the brand, the type of casket and where you purchase it from.
How much is it?
- On average, a casket can cost anywhere from $550 to as much as $7,000 or more. The typical purchase in the United States can range from $900 to $3,000.
- Higher end caskets that are made of bronze and/or copper can cost $4,000 to $7,000. A solid, 32oz. copper based casket can cost $3,900 to $5,100.
- A 20 gauge sealer casket can cost $800 to $1,800. An 18 gauge steel casket falls in this same price range.
- Caskets made of stainless steel can cost anyhwere from $1,700 to as much as $6,000.
- Caskets made of a solid material such as wood, oak, or cherry can cost $900 to $7,000. A higher end casket such as a casket made of cherry can cost $4,000 to $5,500.
- Infant and child caskets can cost anywhere from $750 to $3,000.
What are the extra costs?
- If purchased online, many retailers may charge for shipping. Due to the weight, shipping charges can greatly vary depending on the location.
- Additional charges will apply for the funeral itself; the cost of the funeral home, cemetery plot, embalming, and more will be added on top of the casket. Fool.com lays out the pricing of funeral services.
What is going to be included?
- The casket will be pre-wrapped and prepped for shipping, if purchased online. If purchased at the funeral home, they can have it delivered straight to the funeral home or keep it in storage until the funeral is set.
Tips to know:
- Funeral homes are always going to show the most expensive caskets first. If you’re going to meet with a funeral director, be sure to ask for a pricing list on all the caskets that they have to offer. It doesn’t hurt to ask if they price match as well with competitors online.
- Caskets can be purchased anywhere! Don’t let a funeral home tell you that it can only be purchased at their home. Laws prohibit this, so don’t let them fool you.
- Always ask for a full list of caskets that they currently carry as well as the price listed next to each one. By law, they are required to show you this list. While you may not want to go too cheap, it’s best to get a good feel on what the casket is going to be made of.
How can I save money?
- Consider purchasing your casket online or even through wholesale clubs such as Costco. Many funeral homes upmark their caskets since they know many of the purchases will be last minute. It is always best to consider purchasing a casket ahead of time.
- Most websites are going to beat the local funeral home inventory. It’s best to check with these websites first to see what they can offer. Most can ship within 24 hours if need be.