Choosing the Coffin or Casket

What is the difference between a coffin and a casket?

The difference is basically one of design. Coffins are tapered at the head and foot and are wide at the shoulders. Caskets are rectangular in shape and are usually constructed of better quality timbers and feature higher standards of workmanship. Many people regard the coffin or casket as an important tribute to the deceased and they are therefore selected with care. However, to spend so much that it would mean financial difficulties for those left behind would be misguided.

Coffin Casket comparison


Personalising the coffin or casket

If you wish, you may personalise the coffin. Here are ideas others have used.

  • Use folk art, decoupage or colour
  • Apply significant stickers or adornments
  • Choose a special fabric interior
  • Invite friends to sign the coffin at the ceremony

Your funeral director can show you photographs of a range of coffins and caskets. However, we recommend that you also make a visit to see the items at the funeral home.

See our selection range below for descriptions and prices:

Coffin Selections 

Expression Coffins are personalised, image-covered coffins.
See a range of designs on the Expression Coffins website.
You can also supply your own image to create your own customised design.

Casket Selections


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