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Coffin or Casket – What’s the Difference?

  Did you know? While coffin and casket are often used interchangeably, they are some differences between the two. A coffin usually has six sides (or eight), while a casket has four. The six-sided coffin resembles the human shape – wider at the shoulders and narrower at the feet. The word coffin comes from OldRead more

Common funeral and cremation terms

  Not everyone has been to a funeral or has experience with cremation, so when it comes time to make final arrangements for either yourself or a loved one, you may be unfamiliar with some of the terms being used. To help make the process easier, here are 35 common terms that you may comeRead more

Wal-Mart Now Selling Caskets

In October, Wal-Mart began selling caskets on its website (see fox new story at http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,570111,00.html).  What this will mean for family-owned funeral homes long term is unknown.  But my sense is that most grieving families will not turn to Wal-Mart for their casket needs.  While retail outlets selling caskets in lieu of local funeral homesRead more