Families are increasingly requesting to rent a casket for services, prior to cremation. This allows for a "traditional" visitation or wake and funeral ceremony, including church services, to take place before cremation.
The casket is a specially crafted unit that facilitates an inner simple, cremation container to hold the body. The casket itself acts as a "shell" around this container.
After the funeral service, the funeral director removes the inner container from the outer casket shell. The inner container holding the body is then transported to the crematory.
The outer casket is reused for a number of services. Eventually the casket reaches a point of wear and it is destroyed. Because its usage is limited, the rental casket is replaced after a relatively small number of uses. However, due to the reusable nature of these units they can be also appreciated by families with environmental concerns.