Choose a coffin or casket

Choosing a coffin or a casket

A coffin can be expensive because it needs to protect the deceased’s body, as well as the health of those that come into contact with it before it is buried. It must also be strong enough to be transported.

The difference between a coffin and a casket:

  • A coffin is usually wide at the shoulders and narrow at the head and foot.
  • A casket is rectangular in shape and is usually made of better quality material.

It is always good to ask your undertaker to show you all the different coffin and casket options available.

A plain coffin can cost a little over R800, while an average one could cost around R8,000.

Top-of-the-range caskets sell for between R30,000 and R100,000.

It is important to choose the right size coffin.

*Costs are estimate figures for planning purposes only