When it comes to the selection of a casket each family has different views and values which
lead to their decision. Some consider the casket a final tribute, others make their choice
based upon something in its make-up that draws meaning from the deceased's life, and still
others seek only to serve the most basic purposes.
Caskets of solid hardwood are a popular choice. Many prefer hardwood because of the warmth
of its appearance and the unique graining patterns making each one an original. At Marcy
Funeral Home we offer a broad range of species in maple, cherry, oak, walnut, mahogany and
poplar. Similar to furniture, the value of a hardwood casket is reflective of the species.
Generally woods like poplar are of the more basic price range; cherry, oak and maple of the
median price range; and walnut and mahogany of the greater valued choices. Caskets of more
basic quality are generally finished in veneers of cottonwood, ash or poplar and some are
fabric covered particleboard.
Caskets manufactured of metal tend to be selected due to the longevity of the material after
interment, and are generally hermetically sealed when closed. They are finished in various
color tones and some have a brushed finish which enhances their appearance. Basic metal caskets
tend to be made of 18 or 20 gauge steel. The gauge indicates the thickness, the lower the gauge,
the thicker the metal. Median quality metal caskets are made of 16 gauge steel or stainless steel.
Premium metal caskets are made of semiprecious metals such as copper or bronze.
Some families selecting cremation opt for a ceremonial casket which is utilized for visitation
and the funeral service. For the cremation process the deceased is transferred into a basic
container which is included in the cost of the ceremonial casket. We offer three choices: a
solid maple, solid oak, and 18 gauge steel ceremonial casket.