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“I wanted to drop you a note to thank you for your kindness, caring, and professionalism dealing with the death of my grandmother, C. S. From the moment you arrived to pick up Gram all the way through to us leaving the cemetery, I was so touched by everyone there. You did a beautiful job and I know Gram would have been pleased. Thank you again and bless you for all you do.”
— E. C.

A beautiful wooden casket in Plainfield IL

Funeral Caskets: Personal & Beautiful Vessels for Burial

As a personalized protective vessel for the remains of the deceased, a casket is an important item to choose when planning a funeral.

Caskets have been around for thousands of years, from Egyptian artists who created bronze castings with a likeness of the deceased, to Celts who used flat stones to form box-like caskets.

Creators of the first caskets in the United States were primarily furniture craftsmen, and those caskets were typically made of wood available in the local region. Personalizing a casket was a matter of carving beautiful but simple decorations or symbols directly into the wood of this vessel. Later, in the 1950s, sheet metal became more widely available for use in building caskets, and metal is still the most preferred material for these modern vessels.

Today, the choices of material for caskets are many, from wood to metal, to other materials such as bamboo or wool. However, the ability to personalize any type of casket is limited only by your imagination.

Selecting a Casket

Whether you are pre-planning for yourself or choosing for a loved one, a casket selection is a deeply personal decision and an expression of a special life. A casket that reflects the personality and taste of your loved one can be your final tribute to his or her life.

Friedrich-Jones and Overman-Jones Funeral Homes offer a wide variety of hardwood and metal caskets. Our range of options helps make your selection truly personal while accommodating every family’s budgetary needs.

Decorative icons and pieces may be added to many caskets, including military insignias or religious symbols. And various colors, a flag, or other personal items may customize the interior of the casket as well.

For those families preferring cremation, we have a selection of ceremonial or rental caskets appropriate for any visitation, as well as caskets designed to be cremated with the deceased.

Burial Vaults

Burial vaults are designed to protect the casket from the weight of the earth and heavy maintenance equipment that will pass over the grave. Most cemeteries require burial vaults to protect the remains in their care.

A burial vault includes a lined and sealed outer receptacle that houses the casket. Burial vaults are made of many different materials, ranging from precious metals, such as bronze, copper, and stainless steel, to durable plastics and concrete. Vaults may be painted an array of colors and personalized to reflect military service, religion, or hobbies and interests.

Contact our family and staff to discuss our selection of funeral caskets and burial vaults. endmark