Frequestly Asked Casket Questions
What Size Casket do I need? And the General Rule for Length?
There are a few things to consider. First, if you are lying to rest an infant or preemie, the infant can lay on its side in the fetal position. This is the natural position for an infant and can be used for burial. The casket can be a bit smaller than the General Rule for Length. The General Rule for Length is an extra 3" at the head and feet for extra room, and so the casket interior should be at least 6" taller than the child.
What is the Best Casket Material? And is a Casket Sealable?
There are many things to consider when purchasing a casket. Let's start with a wood casket. Wooden caskets can be a beautiful casket to lay your infant or child to rest. Wood is natural and feels like an appropriate material. It certainly is and more people have been buried in wooden caskets than any other material. Wood will break down over time, so there are considerations. Your cemetery may require a cement vault, so that the casket does not cause any changes to the cemetery lawn over time. Meaning than a wooden casket can collapse over time.
Most infant caskets are made as a casket and vault combination witha super strong PVC material. The materials are so strong, that a additional vault is not required. They are considered non-crushable and they are often a sealable casket. While an adult casket has a seal, it may not and often will not hold a seal forever. But the infant caskets do hold their seal longer for a single reason, an infant is smaller and releases less gases than an adult and the casket will remain closed in many cases, forever. Of course there are no guarantees, but the extra sealant included with many baby caskets is also of benefit for this purpose.