Coffins and Caskets
Before this choice is made, it’s important to distinguish the difference between a coffin and a casket as they’re not the same thing. Coffins are tapered at the head and foot, and are wide at the shoulders. Caskets, on the other hand, are rectangular in shape.
While both options that we offer at J Lawrence & Sons are constructed with care from reliable source materials, caskets are usually made from better quality timber and normally feature higher standards of craftsmanship. Our funeral directors in Southampton will talk you through all of your options and you can see photos of the coffins and caskets prior to making your decision as we know it’s an important one.
Another important thing to consider is flower arrangements and if you would like some professional recommendations, then you’re welcome to reach out to our funeral directors, Southampton residents. The traditional gesture of sending flowers has existed for thousands of years as an expression of sympathy.
Oftentimes, the choice of funeral flowers is an obvious one for the family because their loved one had a favourite flower. Other times, people want to know more about the available arrangements and see them first-hand before making the final decision, which is perfectly understandable.
Our Southampton funeral directors have learned that people’s most preferred flowers for funerals are orchids, lilies, chrysanthemums, carnations and roses. They can all be presented and/or combined in different forms, including wreaths, baskets, casket sprays or standing sprays.
Half-casket sprays are usually the preferred option for open casket services, with garland or casket inserts as an alternative. For closed casket funerals, a casket spray that combines several different flowers and greens is normally picked by the family.
Our funeral directors in Southampton would be happy to show you all of the available options from our catalogue. However, if you would prefer to work with an outside florist, that’s absolutely fine as well – we will only ask you to make sure that the arrangement is delivered at least two hours before the service is due to start, in order to avoid any unnecessary delays.