Frequently Asked Questions
Answers from Your Hammond and Shererville Memorial Experts
Do I have to buy a casket from a funeral home?
No, the Federal Trade Commission's Funeral Rule requires funeral homes
to accept and use a casket bought elsewhere without an additional fee.
This means that you can buy a high quality and affordable casket from
Why are the prices at Elmwood so affordable?
Our company began offering caskets and burial vaults direct to the public
after the federal government passed the law allowing consumers to purchase
these items outside of a funeral home. Due to the markup funeral homes
place on these items, the cost of a casket or burial vault can be as much
as four times greater than the cost of buying directly from a supplier.
This adds an unfair and additional financial burden that most families
and loved ones are already facing.
Is there a delivery or shipping charge?
As a rule, there is a $50.00 standard delivery charge for locations within
a 60 mile radius of Hammond or Schererville, IN. Any delivery outside
of that radius may be charged at a rate of $2.00 per mile based on
Mapquest calculations. There may be an extra charge for same day delivery and on
Sunday's or holidays if the circumstances deem delivery during those
times to be necessary.
What is an "outer burial container"?
Also known as a burial vault, these containers are made out of a variety
of strong metal, steel or concrete. They are placed into the ground as
a resting place for the casket and provide protection against the deterioration
of the casket, the weight of the earth and heavy maintenance equipment
that is used to maintain the cemetery's lawns. Most cemeteries require
them as they prevent the earth from sinking in around the casket.
Is it possible to plan ahead?
Yes, it is. We have a Pre-Need Counselor available to speak with you about
making specific arrangements ahead of time. It is possible to lock in
costs for one year and we offer an additional year at no added charge
by simply renewing your pre-registration.
Have more questions for our memorial and casket experts?
today at (219) 844-7009 for more information or to request a free estimate
on any of our services or products.