Frequently asked questions

Answers to common questions about purchasing caskets and coffins online.
What are the advantages of purchasing a casket online?
There are two significant advantages to purchasing a casket online: price and selection.

Because online retailers have much lower overhead (and more competition) than funeral homes, they're able to offer significantly lowers prices on very similar caskets. It's very common to be able to save hundreds—or even thousands—of dollars by purchasing a casket online.

By going online, you'll also have access to caskets made by many more independent producers, as opposed to just the few casket companies that sell to your funeral home. This opens up a much wider range of options, which can be especially important if you want to consider eco-friendly caskets, custom caskets, or caskets that showcase one of your loved one's interests. Online, you'll also find a greater selection of cremation caskets, child caskets, infant caskets, and pet caskets.
Will my funeral home or cemetery allow me to use a casket that I purchased online?
Yes! The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires that funeral homes allow you to use a casket that you've purchased online or elsewhere, and they may not charge you a fee to do so. As with any other major purchase, it's always a good idea to shop around.

The cemetery will also accept any casket you purchase, so long as it meets cemetery requirements. (For example, the dimensions must fit within the plot dimensions.) This should be easy to confirm with the cemetery.
How quickly will I receive a casket that I order online?
Delivery times will vary by casket and vendor, but there are many casket sellers that can deliver overnight, and sometimes at no additional cost. Even if you're planning a funeral on a short timeline, you still have the option to purchase a casket online.
Are there any risks in purchasing a casket online?
Purchasing a casket online is just like purchasing anything else online. Look at photos and product descriptions carefully, and read any reviews that you can. This will help you ensure that you're going to receive a casket that is going to feel perfect for your loved one's funeral.
What is the difference between a casket and a coffin?
Simply put, a casket is the shape of a rectangle; whereas a coffin has six sides (two long sides with one short side at the bottom and three long sides at the top). While the term coffin is often used colloquially, the vast majority of burials today use a casket.