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Hello, my name is Damian. Until last year, I had never planned a funeral. However, when both of my parents passed away within weeks of each other, I suddenly had to plan two. I was experiencing such grief that I didn't know where to start. Thankfully, my friend put me in touch with a fantastic funeral home who guided me through the entire process. They looked after the bodies, recommended a church and helped to arrange transport for guest. I decided to start this blog to help others who need to plan a funeral. I hope you find the information useful.

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Coffin Rentals: A Cost-Effective Option for Funerals

by Christopher King

When planning to bury a loved one, buying a coffin is one of the most expensive components of funeral arrangements. People rent all sorts of things such as tuxedos, cars, houses, and dresses but can't bring themselves to the idea of renting a coffin. However, if you are on a budget, renting a casket can lessen the financial burden placed on a family. Also, hiring a coffin is ideal for people who desire an eco-friendly burial. Not all funeral homes offer rental coffins, and thus, you need to ask if your preferred funeral home has caskets for hire. This article offers insights into the process of hiring a coffin.

Why Coffin Rentals? 

Renting coffins is increasingly becoming popular for people who want to reduce the price tag on funerals. A new casket can cost thousands of dollars, which is expensive when you think of it. Compound this expense with other funeral costs, and you put a mourning family in distress. An alternative to such an expense is to rent a coffin that can hold the body temporarily for purposes of funeral services. Subsequently, when a body is cremated or buried in a simpler coffin, the rented casket is returned to a funeral home. Since a rental coffin can be used multiple times, it is considered an environmentally-friendly option because it reduces demand for wood.

What is Rental Coffin? 

You might ask yourself why rent a coffin that has probably seen many dead bodies? Fret not because such a coffin has a removable interior to prevent the body from getting into contact with the interior of a coffin. Therefore, sanitary conditions are maintained since the interior is replaced after a single-use. The removable box often matches the interior of a coffin to make it appear as real as possible. After use, a funeral home removes the temporary box either from the top or through a side compartment. A funeral home is required to sanitise the coffin, although the body of a deceased does not touch the coffin.

Suitable For Burials or Cremation 

After conducting a funeral service, the temporary box in the coffin can be used for the actual burial or cremation. A critical factor to note is that it is illegal for cremations and burials to take place without a sealed coffin. Therefore, you need to work with a funeral director to ensure that the removable box being used for cremation or burial adheres to government regulations. However, you need not bury or cremate your loved one in the wooden box since you might opt for other decent but less pricey options such as MDF, seagrass, woollen, wicker, and cardboard coffins.

For more information, reach out to local funeral directors.

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