Will the funeral home accept your Caskets?
Yes! The Federal Trade Commission has legally barred mortuaries and funeral homes from refusing to accept a casket from a family that opts to purchase the casket from an outside source. We do save you money. If you have any problem, from any funeral home, please let us know.
Can the funeral home charge extra fees if we use your Casket or Cremation Urns?
No! The Federal Trade Commission does not allow the funeral homes to charge any extra fees when using our caskets or cremation urns.
What is a protective or sealing casket?
This refers to a rubber gasket installed on some models of casket. This gasket is essentially a delaying factor of the entry of outside elements into the casket. It is purely a personal decision whether your family wishes to have a casket with a gasket.
But doesn't the casket have to be sealed?
Not in most cases. The so called "protective" sealer caskets are a marketing ploy and nothing more. The Funeral Rule forbids funeral homes from claiming these caskets are required by law or have any preservative benefits. Some mausoleums have even banned sealer casket due to problems with them exploding. However in rare instances, such as transporting non-embalmed remains by air, a sealed casket may be required by airline policy.
Are caskets water tight and air tight?
No. Many caskets are made to resist the entry of water and air, but they are not water and/or air-tight. In most instances, the casket will be placed in a concrete vault at the cemetery, something they make you pay for.
Will a casket preserve the body forever?
No, casket provides a place for the body. The preservation of the body relates to the embalming process, essentially a dehydration process. Additionally the longevity of the preservation depends greatly on the environment that the casket is placed in. Most cemeteries are not ideal for this purpose, because there are acidity, humidity, temperature fluctuations and other factors present in the soil of the cemetery that will alter the state of the body.
What about delivery?
Through a combination of shipping options, we can have your casket delivered NEXT Day to most destinations by shipping via Air Freight. By sending via standard ground shipping, you can expect delivery time is 2 to 3 normal business days depending on availability. Both these options will usually accommodate your funeral service schedule. Please call for special situations, we want to help.
We suggest that you notify the funeral home of your casket order prior to delivery or have us contact them on your behalf. Just let us know what you would like us to do.
‘Til We Meet Again is not liable and shall be held harmless for any shipment delays due to inclement weather, acts of god, acts of war, governmental action, work stoppages, cargo refusal and/or carrier delays.
What is an Cremation Urn?
An urn is used to hold the cremated remains of a deceased person.
Do you have to buy a permanent urn?
No. One of the more underhanded industry tactics to get families to buy expensive urns has been the promotion of the term "temporary container." Unscrupulous crematories will stamp words such as "TEMPORARY CONTAINER - NOT SUITABLE FOR LONG-TERM STORAGE" on the plastic or cardboard container in which they return the ashes. Don't be manipulated by this tactic. You decide what container is "permanent" or "suitable." Please call with any questions, we are here to help.
Do you have to bury ashes in a cemetery?
With the exception of a religious based decision, there is No legal basis requiring you to bury ashes at a cemetery. In all states you may keep the ashes at home if you like, or scatter them on your own property. You may scatter them on your or a property with the permission of the landowner. We also advise that you check your state and local regulations as these may vary from state to state.
Do ashes pose a health or environmental hazard?
No, and neither does almost anything that's been exposed to an oven heated to nearly 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. What remains after a cremation are inert fragments of bone - mostly calcium. Depending on the crematory, what you'll get back will resemble anything from gray aquarium gravel to something like powdery concrete dust.
Is a casket required for cremation?
No, a casket is not always required for cremation. However, most crematories do require that the body be enclosed in a rigid, combustible container. Under federal regulations, all mortuaries must make available an inexpensive cremation container often referred to as an alternative container. Customers may make or furnish their own suitable container. At `Til We Meet Again we do provide custom cloth covered cremation caskets which are suitable for viewing and for cremation.