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(NSFW) Is this true about funeral homes? (Details inside)

Asked by talljasperman (19221 points ) August 4th, 2013

My mom said that it is standard practice for funeral homes, in Canada, to reuse coffins? Is that true? It sounds creepy.

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Coloma's avatar

Coffins can be rented for viewing yes, if people want a viewing but then are opting for cremation, or, just want a nice casket for services and then switch to a cheaper model.
My daughter does recovery work for a local mortuary and everything is well disinfected and it is known whether bodies have diseases such as bacterial pneumonia etc. The transport gurneys are disinfected after ever recovery, but these are all death from natural causes, home, hospital and hospice pickups. Gory corpses involved in accidents, murder and suicide are handled by the coroners office.

No big deal. Is it any different than sleeping in a hotel bed? lol

talljasperman's avatar

@talljasperman Some of those coffins seem great to sleep in… I wonder if I could rent a coffin for a day and sleep in total darkness?

seekingwolf's avatar

I have been to funerals that are open casket and yes, they look very comfortable.

You can rent a nicer looking one for a funeral and then have the body buried in a cheaper one. Saves you a lot. What’s the point in being buried in a pretty coffin? It’s all worm fodder regardless.

KaY_Jelly's avatar

Here’s the long answer.

It must totally depend on the funeral home and whereabouts you are. I am in Canada. They never mentioned anything to me about renting a coffin for my husband to be in during the service.

I was actually told that it is becoming more popular or common for people to choose or decide to get cremated instead of being buried. I don’t know if that just a popular choice in my town our at this particular funeral home but I was told that they believe that within about 10 yrs that burial practice may even be almost absolete, they also told me they believe most people now prefer cremation (which is evident by the amount of cremation walls around the place now of course I did not pick the place it is a family plot) instead of burial because it’s cheaper and more eco friendly (their words not mine) but less body takes up less space, less trees being chopped down for coffins and less ground we are digging up etc. That is their opinion.

Before my husband passed away he told me that if something happened to him he wanted to be buried so I honored that. The coffin that we picked out ended up being a fancy coffin that they didn’t showcase in the funeral home, as my husband had big ideas, like he did want his own underground tomb but the funeral home wouldn’t do it (maybe because they are to eco friendly) anyway the coffin was a day late because it was coming from somewhere in the U.S. so when we had the funeral service we did not have my husbands body there.

They did offer a rental casket or cremation urn but it would be without a body or ashes in it and it was just for show. I opted not to do that and just chose to have a memorial. I thought it was outrageous to pay 600$ to rent a box (or an urn, which made no sense anyway since he was not cremated) that was just for looks, besides the casket was not going to be open anyways.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

If a decedent is to be cremated after the funeral, the coffin is rented. There’ll be no body to bury and, thus, no need for a coffin to hold the body.

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