At the Brown Funeral Homes, we have taken steps to make the casket and burial vault selection process as easy as possible. Each of our locations has a casket selection room, and you may choose from a variety of metal and wood caskets on display. Each casket is marked with its price. Or, if you prefer to select a casket from the comfort of your own home, you may view our full-color catalog that includes a list of options and prices. Just call us for an appointment.
Metal caskets are made of bronze, copper, stainless steel or coated steel. Most metal caskets are sealed with a protective rubber gasket, which will resist the entrance of moisture or other graveside substances. The type and thickness of the metal used, the workmanship and interior fabric will affect the quality and the price of the casket.
Protective metal caskets are made of the following materials:
• Solid Bronze: Bronze is a naturally non-rusting material and is the most durable.
• Solid Copper: Copper metal, like bronze, is a naturally non-rusting material. Copper caskets are also known for their durability. However, copper is a softer metal than bronze.
• Stainless Steel: Stainless steel caskets are constructed of metal containing carbon steel and chromium. These caskets are also resistant to rust and corrosion.
• Steel: Coated to protect against rust and corrosion, our steel caskets are made from three different gauges of steel - 16 gauge (heaviest), 18 gauge (average) and 20 gauge (lightest).
We also offer non-protective 20 gauge caskets.
Caskets made of the finest hardwoods are assembled by skilled craftsmen with the same care and attention to detail as a piece of fine furniture. Non-protective, wood caskets are available in a variety of solid woods and are chosen for their warmth and beauty. The individual grain patterns of a wooden casket make it truly unique.
Wood is a renewable resource and many casket companies participate in state and private tree planting programs.
Our display rooms contain a good selection of various woods and designs including mahogany, oak, walnut, cherry and poplar, with a wide range of pricing. Cloth covered, pressed wood caskets are also available.
The burial vault is an outer burial container that protects the casket and the deceased against moisture, the weight of the earth and the elements in a ground burial.
In some states, burial vaults are not required by law. However most cemeteries require the use of a vault designed to accommodate the casket. Vaults are constructed of copper, stainless steel, galvanized steel, fiberglass, coated concrete, asphalt-coated concrete, plastic-lined concrete or plain concrete.
We offer a varied selection of designs and pricing of burial vaults. Our display rooms contain models of our selections for your review. Photos are available for home appointments.
You can choose from a wide variety of urns on display at our King Street location. The selections are made of cast bronze, sheet bronze, ceramic, marble, cultured marble or granite. Various woods available include oak, cherry, mahogany or poplar. Urn costs will vary depending on material and the intricacy of the design. Keepsake urns are available for multiple family members. We also have a catalog for selection during a home appointment.
Monuments and Markers
A monument is the final and lasting tribute to a loved one. It is an artistic creation, symbolic of love and remembrance.
Granite, chosen for its beauty and endurance, is available in a variety of colors that are resistant to our ever-changing weather conditions. The price of a granite monument is based on the type and quality of the selected granite, size and the number of polished surfaces.
Bronze is chosen for it's blending of traditional legacy and the strength of artistic sculptures. The cost of a bronze monument is based on the quality of bronze and the design style.
We would be happy to provide you with contact information for our community’s local monument businesses.