Funeral Home Laws
Buying Caskets Online
From The Sidelines to a Full Fledge Industry
Metal Caskets, as an industry, did not develop in the United States until the 1800’s. Prior to this time, local funeral directors, then known as undertakers, typically operated the town furniture store and, in addition, built metal caskets on an as-needed basis. By the late 1800’s, metal casket manufacturing developed as a distinct business and the manufacturers devoted their efforts to the production and sale of metal caskets. Generally, metal casket manufacturers operated in local and regional markets until well into the 20th century.
Stainless steel metal caskets are most often square-cornered or square cornered urn designs. New products designs developed in the 1990’s include round-cornered and round cornered urn stainless steel casket designs. Stainless steel metal caskets often are comparable in price to midrange hardwood caskets and bridge the price brackets between cold-rolled steel caskets and semiprecious metal products such as copper or bronze. Stainless steel metal caskets have become increasingly popular in the 1990’s and now are purchased more frequently than copper or bronze caskets.
Many manufacturers offer a warranty on the structural integrity of the metal casket. Consumers should keep in mind, however, that no metal caskets will preserve the body regardless of whether the metal caskets are sealed, or if the deceased was embalmed beforehand. In some cases, a sealed coffin may actually speed up rather than slow down the process of decomposition.