Choosing a Coffin

Thursday, 20 October 2011

What Coffin to choose
Choosing a coffin or casket is an important aspect of arranging a funeral.  At Tough Times, we recognise that your choice will depend on many things, including:
- the wishes or personality of the person who has died
- the shape, design or colour of the coffin/casket

- your family's religious or cultural background

- whether the funeral is a burial or cremation

- budgetary or environmental considerations or

- a preference for either a contemporary or more traditional style

Caskets made of wood (soft and hardwood) or metal can be bought quite cheaply.  Carbon steel caskets in different gauges (20 gauge being thinnest & 16 gauges being the thickest) or bronze/copper caskets come in 32 & 48 ounce materials per square foot can also be bought at good prices.

Obviously, the cost of a casket varies depending on the material used, the quality of construction and the type of interior.  Bronze is the most expensive material.  It has maximum strength and resists rust naturally.  Copper is less expensive than bronze, but stainless steel has higher tensile strength.  The price of a wood coffin depends on the type of wood used.  There are many makes and models.

Funeral Flowers

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Comforting a grieving family is never an easy task and people often feel quite helpless at being unable to do the right thing. Fortunately, flowers are a good way to condole one\'s loss and are sent to the funeral home for display during the viewing and service.

In the first couple of decades of the last century, funeral flower arrangements were usually large, sweet-smelling badges shaped as hearts, crosses and logos of organizations. For example, a Rotarian would take along a wreath in the form of a broken wheel to a fellow Rotarian\'s funeral. From 1970, this practice gave way to customized funeral flower arrangements that depict the deceased\'s profession, such as anchors for seamen.

The various kinds of funeral flower arrangements include the wreath, which is a circular floral arrangement of flowers and greens; people believe that its shape symbolizes eternal life. The floral stand is another type of arrangement. It is visible only from one side and is placed on a stand and can be ordered in a choice of up to three tiers. A cross-shaped arrangement symbolizes the deceased\'s faith in Christianity. The family of the deceased usually orders an arrangement called a casket spray for the top of the casket. If a child dies, floral arrangements in the shapes of angels, bunnies, bears, or other objects are done in white with leafy trimming. Once the funeral service is over and the grieving family begins to cope with their loss, it is completely in order for you to comfort them with flowers or a plant that shows that they can count on you for support. Traditionally, white flowers are used.

Chrysanthemums, roses in red, white, yellow and pinkScience Articles, white lilies and carnations are the flowers of choice.