If you thought that it was difficult finding the right dress or suit for your loved one, you could easily find yourself even more frustrated when it becomes time to pick out a casket. Although more than one out of three Americans are obese, caskets to fit your plus-size friends and family members are not always easy to find. When you do find them, you may find that they are not all created equal. As a result, when you find a plus-size casket that you think will be an appropriate choice, it is a good idea to ask the following questions.
#1-What Is The Maximum Weight That The Casket Can Safely Hold?
Even though one of the first questions you may ask will relate to the maximum capacity of the casket, it is important to note that getting the right answer could be more complicated than you think. For instance, you will need to verify whether or not the maximum weight capacity includes the weight of the casket itself and its adornments. As part of your shopping decision, it will be best for you to know the approximate weight of the deceased at this time, so that you can be sure you are making the right choice.
#2-What Are The Measurements Of The Available Space?
Just as one person might carry their weight differently while they are alive, the same continues to be true in death. As a result, you will find that merely knowing a person's weight does not guarantee that the casket will fit them. Therefore, you should be sure to obtain the deceased person's measurements, including their height, shoulder width and the dimensions of their hips. If you reference that information against the figures for the casket, you can be sure that you will not need to squeeze the person into their final resting space.
#3-Will (And Should) The Casket Be Airtight?
Deciding if the casket should be airtight tends to be a discussion that loved ones need to make after a death, as it is not always considered prior to that time. While many people think that an airtight casket will provide for a cleaner existence for the buried body, the truth is that airtight caskets can seal in harmful bacteria that contributes to a messier decomposition. Therefore, you should strongly consider whether or not you need to spend the extra money on an airtight casket when the benefits of doing so are limited and not always obvious.
In conclusion, buying the right casket for a dear friend or family member is a difficult situation at any time. However, when that casket needs to be of an adequate size, strength, and construction for a plus-size person, that important purchase can become even more challenging. Therefore, you will want to ask the questions listed above of any casket you are interested in buying.
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