Flashcards in Funeral Service Merchandise Chapter 1 Deck (21):
A case or receptacle for dead human remains which is anthropoid in shape
The coffin, in outline, generally resembles the form of a human being viewed anteriorly, with 6 or 8 vertical sides, narrow at the head, wider at the shoulders, and narrower again at the feet, meaining it is _________
The word coffin comes from the Greek
For much of the world outside of the US and Canada, this is still the standard
The 6 sided coffin
A casket performs the same function as the coffin, but assumes a _________ form
The Federal Trade Commission states that the _______ is a rigid container which is designed for the encasement of human remains and which is usually constructed of wood, metal, or like material, and ornamented and lined with fabric
A case of receptacle in which human remains are placed for protection, practical utility, and a suitable memory picture
Any box or container of one or more parts in which a dead human body is placed prior to interment, entombment, or cremation which may or may not be permanently interred, entombed, or cremated with the dead human remains
Briefly describe the difference between the casket and the coffin
The coffin is six-sided and the casket is basically rectilinear
A small box of jewels, implying that the contents therein are of a precious and valuable nature
In the harsh years of early Colonial America, it was not uncommon for the dead to be buried how?
Without a container at all
There was limited demand for coffins until the inhabitants of this new and struggling country developed the _________, __________, and ____________, to more properly care for their dead
Stability, time, and resources
As general welfare increase, this became more common
In many instances, this was done to the coffin to conceal surface or finishing flaws
Painted or Covered in cloth
In urban areas, coffins were more frequently provided by whom?
By the mid-1800s, emphasis on the coffin's basic functionality gave way to an increasing interest in this
The coffin's aesthetics, or "eye appeal"
Who had the first United States patent protecting a coffin?
In 1836, James Gray received the first US patent protecting his
Particularly important to the development of the casket was the birth and growth of what?
Large industry and mass production