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Part of the funeral planning process is selecting the products and services that will be used. This section includes an overview of such products and services as caskets, cremation urns, embalming, and cemeteries and mausoleums. Have a question about what you've read? Ask the Experts!

A casket often is the single most expensive item you'll buy if you plan a "traditional," full-service funeral. Typically, they're constructed of metal, wood, fiberboard, fiberglass, or plastic. (full article)


  Casket Articles
The Facts about Caskets
Metal Caskets
Wood Caskets
Orthodox Caskets
Cremation Caskets
Purchasing Caskets

Cremation Urns
Learn all about cremation urns in this handy online guide--from a manufacturing process overview to how to personalize a cremation urn to what a keepsake is and what types are available. (full article)


  Cremation Urn Articles
Types of Cremation Urns
Keepsakes and Momentos

Final Resting Place Options
Burial at Sea--Rules
Funeral Homes Go High Tech with Family Advisor
With the touch of the keyboard and a 36-inch computer monitor, families who have just lost a loved one can choose a casket and make funeral arrangements. (full article)


Family Advisor Articles
Family Advisor in Action
Funeral Homes Go High Tech

Burial Vaults
Burial vaults or grave liners, also known as burial containers, are commonly used in "traditional," full-service funerals. The vault or liner is placed in the ground before burial, and the casket is lowered into it at burial.(full article)


  Burial Vaults Articles
Burial Vaults
Grave Liners

Burial Vaults and Weight Resistance
Burial Vault Photo Essay

This section serves as an index and information center for the services that are available for funerals and memorial services, such as embalming (including what the FTC has to say), funerals versus memorial services, and preservative products and processes. (full article)


  Services Articles
Funeral or Memorial--The Right Option for You
All about Funerals
All about Memorials
Facts on Embalming
Preservative Products and Processes

There are a lot of things to think about in purchasing a cemetery plot location, religious requirements, whether flowers or other remembrances are allowed, and more. There are also special veteran's cemeteries. (full article)


  Cemeteries Articles
Cemeteries--Get the Facts
Things to Consider in Selecting a Cemetery
Veterans' Cemeteries

Alternative Resting Places
How to dispose of the remains of our deceased loved ones? A review of options, from ancient times to today. Also, learn about cemeteries, mausoleums, columbariums, and ash scattering. (full article)


  Disposition Articles
Burial v. Cremation
Facts about Cemeteries
Ash Scattering
Donating a Body to Science




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