People come in all shapes and sizes. The Funeral and Cemetery industries use a "standard adult size" for caskets, outer burial containers, mausoleums and lawn crypts. Any size larger than the industry standard costs more, costs more to use or does not fit at all. I will explain size and fit issues as they pertain to Funeral Home or Cemetery merchandise.
What size is the "standard adult size"? For an adult casket to be considered "standard" it must fit inside of a 30" wide Outer Burial Container or Crypt. Concrete Grave Liners are available in 30", 34", 40" and 50" interior widths. Concrete Burial Vaults are available in 30" and 34" interior widths.
Caskets and Outer Burial Containers are also made for infants and children. The sizes range in size from less than one foot to 5 1/2' in length.
Size also matters as it pertains to cremation. Crematory manufacturers set safe operating guidelines for their equipment. Our equipment has one set of operating guidelines up to 325 pounds, and another set of guidelines for weights of 326 pounds and over. Please let your funeral director know if your loved one weighs over 325 pounds.
We also offer two sizes of alternative containers for cremation. Alternative containers encase the body and can be made of materials like fiberboard or composition materials (with or without an outside covering). This first alternative container is made of unfinished fiberboard and will accommodate up to 325 pounds. The second alternative container is made of unfinished fiberboard with a sturdy wooden base and will accommodate weights of 326 pounds to 500 pounds.