Caskets are used to hold the body during visitations and funeral services. They may be made of wood or metal and are available in a wide range of styles and prices.
Wooden caskets are constructed of mahogany, walnut, cherry, maple, oak, pine and poplar. The cost of hardwood caskets varies according to the choice of wood, the material for lining the interior and the details of craftsmanship. Wooden caskets, like fine furniture, have a natural warmth and beauty.
Metal caskets are made of bronze, copper or steel. Price differences between metal caskets are determined by the choice and thickness of the metal, the material for lining the interior and ways used to seal out water and other grave elements. Metal caskets are valued for their beautiful finish, strength, durability and ability to keep out grave elements.
People select caskets to express their preferences in colors and design, to reflect their values and to enhance the memory of the deceased. If you have questions concerning caskets your funeral director will be happy to show you choices available. Since Brust Funeral Home purchases caskets from several different manufacturers who maintain supply centers nearby they can nearly always quickly supply what you desire.
To facilitate maintenance of graves most of our nation’s cemeteries require a burial vault or outer burial container for the grave. A burial vault is a structure that is placed underground to hold the casket. It provides a stable base for a memorial stone and prevents the ground from sinking at the grave site.
The minimum requirement is a concrete box that will only provide support but will not keep out the water. Sealed burial vaults are made of high density concrete and are lined throughout with a seamless material to keep out water and other grave elements for several decades. The highest quality liners are non-corrosive metals such as bronze, copper, or stainless steel. Other durable man-made materials are used to line the vault for sealing purposes.
Like caskets, burial vaults are available in a range of models and prices. Brust Funeral Home can answer questions concerning burial vaults and the requirements of your cemetery.