Wednesday, October 27, 2010

“A great name without merit is like an epitaph on a coffin”

Hey guess what? The word "Casket" was actually the name of the box that you would put jewelry in. Casket was an euphemism instead of using the word coffin. I just don't understand how the word "coffin" is so offensive or scary.

~*What a real true casket looks like*~

Here in the real world, any box that you bury the deceased in is considered a coffin. Usually people have made distinctions that coffins are the boxes that have the hexagon or octagon shape, and the casket is just the regular rectangle box. Either way, the name coffin came first. In the 1800's, the coffin industry originated in the U.S. of A.

So usually the coffin is made with six sides and made out of steel, wood and possibly fiberglass. Some religions, coffins are to be plain, no ornaments no metal parts no nails, just wooden pegs, and must be made out of wood. While others are all about "Pimp my coffin." Some even are sealed shut with gaskets, that is if they are going to be above ground like in a mausoleum, for public safety. Some manufacturers offer a warranty on the structural integrity of the coffin. Really? How the hell are you going to know, if the coffin is six feet down, that it is still in good structural standing? Maybe it's just for those coffins that are above ground, because, coming from an extended warranty company, I do not see how one could warranty underground coffins.

 ~*Coffin & Casket*~

Most states require that the coffin be put into a burial vault, which is the underground tomb that is made out of cement that the coffin goes into. It is then lowered into the ground. These are used to keep the ground from caving in on top of the coffin and to keep the grave site from sinking in. Some manufacturers state that they can seal the vault to keep water and the elements from getting to the actual coffin. A vault, however, does not stop the decaying of the body.

~*Concrete burial vault*~

When someone died, way back when, the carpenter was the one that made the coffins. He would also manage the whole funeral as well. The cheapest of the coffins, was of course, the pine box. These were to bury a pauper. If you were rich and full of awesomeness, you got to have a yew or mahogany box with a fine lining and awesome bling bling.

~*paupers coffin and a rich persons coffin. This is a 14K Gold coffin and costs $500,000.00 Ringgits, which is $160,901.03 U.S. dollars.*~

Taken from Wiki, "Under a U.S. federal law, 16 CFR Part 453 (known as the Funeral Rule), if a family provides a casket they purchased elsewhere, the establishment is required to accept the casket and use it in the services. If the casket is delivered direct to the funeral home from the manufacturer or store, they are required to accept delivery of the casket. The funeral home may not add any extra charges or fees to the overall bill if a family decides to purchase a casket elsewhere. If the casket was bought from the funeral home, these Regulations require bills to be completely itemized."

In the world of today, most of the caskets are made of steel. Since cremation is becoming more prominent, caskets made of wood are becoming more popular. Some people use them as regular furniture. I will tell you, once I become rich, my house will have mostly coffin stuff in it. Coffin couch, coffin cabinets, coffin coffee table and even a coffin bed. Yes, I will also have a hearse in the drive-way. =)

~*This so would be my kitchen, or something similar. Resource here*~

 ~*This would be the bed & this is the couch. I would totally change the colors of course*~


JeffScape said...

I've slept in a coffin. Someone needs to explain to me why they're made so comfortable.

nubilus said...

I am thinking I want to be cremated but some of this offbeat designs are making me rethink that choice heheh

Simple Dude said...

So coffins originally held jewelry huh? so when people would go to bed they would take off their necklaces, etc and put them in the coffin. As well as their wedding rings. I think I am getting this... so the wedding rings stored in the coffin was symbolic of the death or your freedom. Eternally.

Now I see why they are such scary things.


Just Plain Tired said...

I think you could write about anything and make it an interesting read. I love people who can do that.

I had no idea what the difference was with a casket vs. coffin. Always thought of them as one and the same.

SweetiePea said...

Yeah . . . I'm still going to go with creamation. Those caskets are way too pretty to rot away in. :-D

Anonymous said...

I still don't understand why people would want to bury their bodies, but that's a personal thing. I can just imagine my body rotting under the ground. I'd rather just be burned and then whatever.

BeMistified said...

Jeff: Just what us crazy humans do. haha!

Nubilus: Go out in style! Well not right now of course :)

Dude: Not coffins silly, Caskets!

JPT: Awww thanks! Everyone does now-a-days :)

SP: Right?!

TAD: Hey if one is scared of fire, I know one is dead, but they may just want to let the worms crawl in and the worms crawl out ~*shrugs*~

She Writes said...

Someone is taken the vampire thing way too far ;)!

Damn The Broccoli said...

I've never understood the whole casket thing. To me the cost of some off them is frankly repugnant when there are so many in need around the world. I have detailed plans for my ending laid out including the cardboard coffin in the traditional (pine) style with an L plate on it.

My funeral is going to be a hoot but I don't see why my estate shoul dhave to be crippled to pay for it.