The casket in which your loved one will be honored during their funeral or viewing is the centerpiece of that event. But can you decorate the casket? Should you? And if so, how? Here's what you need to know to plan the right send-off.
Can You Decorate the Casket?
The short answer is, yes, you may decorate the actual casket. This is up to the person planning the funeral, but casket decorations are increasingly common — and increasingly personalized. There are a few good reasons to focus on this element. First, all eyes will be on the casket and it plays a major role in the services. Therefore, it's only fitting to dress it up a bit more.
Because it's a centerpiece, you can also get a lot of bang for your buck, as they say, from adding decorative elements. The casket is large and in a central location, so flowers or other decorations will have an oversized impact on the entire look — especially if you're planning with a limited budget.
How Are Caskets Decorated?
Certainly, the most common way to decorate a casket is with flowers. Casket sprays are designed especially to be placed on top of an open or closed casket. They provide a large visual impact by themselves. These are some of the most traditional casket decorations. In lieu of or in addition to flowers, flags, and religious symbols are common for loved ones who had a leaning toward patriotism or spirituality.
Want a less traditional look? You can place just about anything meaningful on or over the casket. For example, overlay a favorite quilt on the casket of a knitter, drape the colors of their favorite sports team over a fan's casket, or cover it with their favorite stuffed animals.
If you want something even more personalized, consider adding handprints from friends and loved ones on the outside of the casket or decorating it with handwritten notes and cards from mourners. Mix these with flowers for a larger visual impact alongside the smaller — but more personal additions.
Where to Start
Whether you and your deceased loved one are traditionalists or free spirits, the decoration of the casket can be an impactful tribute. Learn more about your options by meeting with an experienced local funeral home today. They'll work with you to make the right decisions that honor both the person who has passed away as well as their friends and family.
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