Frequently Asked Questions
Answers from your Hammond and Schererville 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 our company.
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 $60.00 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 $2.50 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? Contact our casket & monument store in Hammond, IN today at 219-844-7009 for more information or to request a free estimate on any of our services or products.