When laying a loved one to rest, there are a lot of decisions to make, and choosing casket lining is one of them. If you like, you can simplify the process by choosing the lining on display with the casket you like at the funeral home.
However, if you want to choose a special lining, that is possible as well. In most cases, casket companies allow you to select the lining of your choice. To help you through this process, here are some ideas to consider.
1. Striking the Right Tone
The lining of the casket should reflect the overall tone of the funeral. For example, if you are planning a formal funeral, you may want to opt for traditional silk or satin lining in neutral tones. However, if your loved one wanted a celebration of life, you may want jeweled tones, taffeta, or even quirky patterns.
2. Reflecting Your Loved One
Similarly, you may also want to choose casket lining that reflects the memory of your loved one. You can find everything from pink camo to traditional quilt patterns. If you opt for a solid color, consider choosing one that the deceased loved or a color that flattered them in life.
3. Matching Clothing
If possible, you may want to consider what your loved one is going to wear before you choose the lining. That makes it easier to ensure everything is visually coordinated at the funeral,
If you haven't figured out the outfit yet, opt for a neutral color. They are designed to look luxurious without clashing. If you prefer colors or patterns, ask the funeral director if you can have a swatch. Then, you can use that as you choose the clothing for your loved one.
4. Deciding on Texturing
In addition to thinking about color, material, and pattern, you may also want to consider the texture of the casket lining. Some lining is flat — imagine a tight, flat sheet on a bed. Conversely, other lining features ribbing or folds. Flat lining creates a clean, simple look while textured lining creates a lush and cozy effect.
5. Doing It Yourself
If you cannot find lining you like, you may want to consider making your own. With a template, it's relatively easy to make casket lining using fabric, cardboard, and foam. This ideal tends to be compelling for people who have made their own caskets, but as long as you have the dimensions, you can make a lining for a commercial casket as well.