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Frequently Asked Questions:




Q: Do I have to buy a casket from the funeral home?


A: Traditionally, caskets have been sold only by the funeral homes. But with increasing frequency, showrooms and websites operated by “third party” dealers are selling caskets. You can buy a casket and have it shipped directly to the funeral home. The Federal Trade Commission’s Funeral Rule requires funeral homes to use a casket you bought elsewhere and doesn’t allow them to charge you a fee for using it.


Q: Is there a delivery or shipping charge?


A: Generally, there is no charge for delivery within 25 miles of our location. Anything beyond that radius will be assessed at a rate of $1.50 per mile based on using MapQuest calculations. We do not charge extra for delivering a casket weekends (Sat. or Sun.) nor holidays if the situation necessitates it.


Q. What is an “outer burial container”?


A: Outer burial containers, also known as burial vaults or grave liners, are placed in the ground before burial and the casket is lowered into it at burial. The purpose is to prevent the ground from caving in as the casket deteriorates over time. A grave liner is made of reinforced concrete and will satisfy any cemetery requirement. Grave liners only cover the top and sides of the casket. A burial vault is more substantial and expensive than a grave liner. It surrounds the casket in concrete or another material and may be sold with a warranty of protective strength. In Illinois, there is no law stating that you must have a outer burial container, but most cemeteries require some type of outer burial to prevent the grave from sinking in the future.