Can I Rent A Casket For A Ceremony/Gathering Before Cremation?

By: Tom Gallagher
Friday, February 24, 2023

At Thomas M. Gallagher Funeral Home, we know that planning a funeral or memorial service for a loved one can be emotionally challenging, and the decisions surrounding the disposition of the body can add further stress.

Can You Rent A Casket For A Ceremony/Gathering Before Cremation?

One of the questions that may arise is whether it is possible to rent a casket for a ceremony/gathering before cremation. The answer to this question is yes. It is possible to rent a casket for a ceremony before cremation. This option is known as a "rental casket" or a "ceremonial casket," and is typically used for public visitations or viewings.

The rental casket is designed to look like a traditional casket, but it has an insert that can be removed and replaced with a simple container for cremation. It can be a cost-effective solution for those who want a public viewing before the cremation, as purchasing a casket can be expensive.

The casket you rent can also provide a sense of comfort to those who are grieving, as it provides a traditional and familiar setting for the ceremony. The process of renting a casket may vary depending on the funeral home or cremation service provider.

Rental Casket Costs

Some providers offer rental caskets as part of their funeral package, while others may offer it as an additional service. The cost of renting a casket can also vary depending on the type of casket and the duration of the rental.

It is important to note that not all funeral homes or cremation service providers offer rental caskets. In some cases, the funeral home or cremation provider may require that a casket be purchased for the cremation process. It is essential to check with the funeral home or cremation provider to determine their policy on rental caskets.

Alternatives To Rental Caskets

Apart from rental caskets, there are options for those who wish to have a ceremony/gathering before cremation. One option is to use a simple container or cardboard box for public viewing and then transfer the body to a cremation container for the actual cremation process. Another option is to use a "cremation casket," a lower-cost option explicitly designed for the cremation process.

Ultimately, the decision to rent a casket for a ceremony before cremation is a personal one that should be based on individual preferences, cultural or religious beliefs, and financial considerations.

For more details about how to rent a casket for a ceremony/gathering, call (318)640-1375 to get in touch with Thomas M. Gallagher Funeral Home. If you prefer to email us, please fill out this online form, and one of our team members will call you soon to discuss your needs.

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