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Coffin or Casket - What's the Difference? - Phaneuf

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 Old French cofin,Read more

Common funeral and cremation terms - Phaneuf

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 come across whenRead more

Wal-Mart Now Selling Caskets

In October, Wal-Mart began selling caskets on its website (see fox new story at,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