How much does a casket cost?
Caskets are one of the funeral’s most expensive purchases and it can range from RM1,200 – RM80,000 with most caskets costing between RM8,000 and RM20,000. If you are going to buy a barrel from a third party, it is important to remember that the delivery costs for the barrel may be quite high, and usually range from RM1,200-RM2,400.
When visiting a funeral home or showroom to shop for a casket, the funeral rule requires that the funeral director show you a list of the caskets that the company sells, with descriptions and prices, before showing you the casket. Industry studies show that one of the first three models shown buys the average casket shopper, generally the middle-priced of the three.
So, it’s in the best interest of the seller to start by showing you higher-end models. If you haven’t seen some of the lower-priced models on the price list, ask for a look at them — but don’t be surprised if they’re not displayed prominently, or not at all.
How about cheaper caskets?
When a loved one dies it can be a frustrating and painful experience to plan and prepare for the funeral. That can be even more distressing if you’re on a tight budget. Be assured that all involved will understand and appreciate a simple funeral, with an inexpensive casket, albeit even a cheap casket.
Since caskets are the most costly part of a funeral, this is a good place to start cutting costs. Planning ahead is always a good idea, so make sure that you mention that in your last will and testament or tell your family that you want a very affordable funeral, including a cheap casket, if you have definite plans for your own death.
Simply put, caskets are not really a burial requirement. Caskets are a tradition allowing the body to be moved more quickly but they do not protect the body from biodegradation. Many caskets will extend the process of biodegradation, but these caskets will be more costly and the body will eventually return to earth.