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5404 West Elm Street
McHenry, IL, 60050

877-491-1122

We offer the most affordable quality caskets, cremation urns, keepsakes, and other funeral related items with FREE nationwide delivery via FedEx.

FAQ

Casket FAQ's

+ Does the price of the casket include shipping?

YES! The prices quoted for caskets includes the shipping charge for standard FedEx delivery.

+ Will our Funeral Home accept the casket we order from Star Legacy?

Yes, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires funeral homes to accept caskets purchased from Star Legacy Funeral Network or any other third party. We suggest that you notify the funeral home of your casket order prior to delivery or have us contact the Funeral Home on your behalf. Just let us know what you would like us to do.

+ Are Star Legacy caskets gasketed? Do they have Liners?

All our metal caskets (Premium, Supreme, Elite, Stainless Steel and Semi-Precious) are made with 'gaskets' and are lined.

+ Do Star Legacy caskets have locks or locking devices?

Yes, all Star Legacy caskets have locking devices as part of their standard features. All our metal caskets are gasketed and when combined with our 4 pt. locking system the casket lid is securely tightened and uniformly drawn to the gasket to provide a perfect seal, thereby insuring the resistance to the entrance of gravesite substances. Once locked and sealed the opening of the casket requires a special key (supplied with each order) to open & close.

Our wood caskets have a 2 point lever lock that holds the lids firmly in place (also part of our wood casket standard features.)

+ What Is A Casket?

Like a coffin, but shaped slightly differently, casket is a term used to describe a burial receptacle.

The word “casket” was first used in 1467 and is of unknown etymology. The dictionary tells us it comes from the Old French words, “cassette” or “casse,” describing a chest or box to hold jewels or anything intended as a receptacle for something highly prized or of great value.

In 1849, caskets were first advertised in publications and to break from the tradition of coffins, were made straight-sided or rectangular in form. This was done to lessen the disagreeable sensation produced by a coffin.

Casket is a word generally accepted in United States today. Caskets come in standard sizes, unlike coffins that were custom-built. Today, casket manufacturers have determined that 96 percent of the human race will fit into a casket with interior dimensions of six feet seven inches by two feet high by two feet wide. For larger persons, oversize caskets and custom built caskets are available. (Star Legacy’s White Embrace and Blue Tranquility are built for larger persons.)

Modern caskets can be simple or elaborate. While people are offered a wide variety to choose from, caskets are primarily constructed from two basic materials: wood and metal. Of the approximately 1.8 million caskets used every year, slightly more than one-half are constructed from metal.

+ What is a coffin?

The word “coffin” is a general term used to describe a burial receptacle. A coffin is an eight-sided box shaped to fit the human body and is commonly thought to be constructed after the design of Egyptian sarcophagi or a mummy chest. Most coffins widen from the head to the shoulder area and then become narrower toward the legs and feet.

In early Greek and Roman cultures coffins were made of clay that was molded around the body of the deceased. Early Christians used coffins made from stone; wealthy Romans used limestone from Asia Minor, thought to help disintegrate the body. Egyptian coffins, known as sarcophagus, are the most famous. Usually made from stone, they were highly polished and decorated, covered with hieroglyphics that told the life story of the inhabitant.

In early America, and as the Colonies grew and more craftsmen from England arrived, it became the custom for all classes of people to be buried in coffins. Many coffins were constructed from fine woods and were adorned with intricate carvings.

In the mid 1800’s, American craftsmen began changing the shape of the coffin incorporating a straight-sided, rectangular shape. To differentiate their designs, they began to call them ‘caskets,’ which has become the more accepted term today.

+ What is the Funeral Rule?

Essentially the Funeral Rule has been passed to protect consumers (YOU) and regulate the funeral industry. We are providing you with a link directly to the Federal Trade Commission for your convenience. Click to view the FTC Funeral Rule.

+ Where are Star Legacy's caskets made?

All of our metal caskets (steel, stainless steel, copper & bronze) are imported. Our wood caskets are made, using the finest imported woods available. All our caskets (wood and metal) ship from our US warehouses ... which is why we can deliver within 3 business days at no extra charge.

+ Which is better - 18-gauge or 20-gauge - and what is the difference?

Better is a relative term. So, let's discuss what gauge means. 18-gauge steel means when stacked it would take 18 sheets of steel to equal one inch thickness. 20-gauge would require 20 sheets of steel to equal one inch. So, the lower the gauge, the thicker the steel. That's how steel caskets are measured. If you want a thicker gauge steel, then under that criteria 18-gauge is better. All of Star Legacy's steel caskets are made of 18-gauge steel.

+ How long has Star Legacy been in business?

Star Legacy has been in business since March, 2003. We have 100% on time delivery record as of June 2010.

Urn FAQ's

+ What is an urn?

The name “urn” comes from the Latin word, 'urna'. Webster’s New World Dictionary defines an urn as a vase, placed on a pedestal and used to hold the remnants of a cremated body.

Just as a casket is used to hold the (non-cremated) body of a deceased person for burial or entombment, an urn is used when the body has been cremated. An urn is also referred to as a cremated remains container.

The early Greeks and Romans used urns to transport the cremated remains of soldiers who died in battle. Generals were obligated by the citizens to return fallen comrades home for ceremony and a dignified burial.

+ What size urn should I purchase?

When selecting an urn and determining what size urn you need, a general rule of thumb is every one (1) pound of body weight (prior to cremation) equals approximately one (1) cubic inch capacity of the urn. For instance, if the body weight is 200 pounds the urn capacity should be approximately 200 cubic inches. This rule varies based on the crematorium's processing and preparation ... but we think it's a pretty good guide. All our urns are labeled either Adult/Large or Child/Infant to make it easy for you to select a proper size, as well as listing their cubic inch capacity. Keepsakes usually have 5 cu. in. or less. The same 'general rule' applies to pets.

+ What should I know before purchasing an urn?

The main purpose of an urn is to protect the integrity of the cremated remains until final disposition or while it is in the custody of a person. Factors to keep in mind include:

  • Where will the cremated remains be stored or held?
  • How will the urn be used?
  • When will final disposition take place?
  • Do you want a portion of the cremated remains in multiple locations or retained by more than one person?
  • Security concerns?
  • Transportation concerns?
  • What form of personalization and/or engraving is desired?

+ What are urns made out of?

Urns are typically constructed of bronze, copper, sheet metal, stone, marble, glass, porcelain, crystal and manufactured products such as plastic. Most urns have a capacity of 200 or more cubic inches, large enough for average adult remains.

+ What should I do with my urn?

Urns containing cremated remains can be buried in a grave, placed in a crypt in a mausoleum, placed in a niche in a columbarium or kept at home or a special location.

+ Can I use an urn for scattering ashes/remains?

Yes, you can. Sometimes people wish to scatter cremated remains in a location that holds fond memories. In practicality, many of our urns are suitable for scattering purposes. After dispersal of the remains, the urn is often used to hold personal memorabilia of the deceased, such as a photo, ring, watch, lock of hair and more. The urn can also be used as a decorative vase to hold flowers. Scattering of cremated remains is most easily accomplished using an urn that has a top or bottom that unscrews or has a plate that releases using a standard screwdriver.

+ Can I ship cremated remains?

Yes. When shipping within the United States we recommend using the United States Postal Service. They are experienced in these matters and provide a tracking system and furnish receipts upon delivery.

ALL foreign countries have specific and strict requirements that must be followed. Check with the consulate office of the foreign country you are shipping to and obtain a copy of their regulations. It is not advisable to ship cremated remains out of the United States to a foreign country using a mail service. Use only regulated carriers.

+ Can I ship cremated remains on airplanes?

Since 9/11, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires urns carried onboard or in checked luggage to pass testing for explosive devices.

Carry-on: All carry-on items must pass through the x-ray machine. If the urn is made of a material that prevents the screener from clearly seeing what is inside, the container will not be allowed through security.

Checked Baggage: You may transport the urn provided it is successfully screened. TSA performs screening using a variety of techniques and if cleared, it will be permitted as checked baggage only.

CHECK WITH THE AIRLINE BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO TRANSPORT AN URN IN CHECKED BAGGAGE.

When necessary, the cremated remains can be in a wooden or plastic urn for shipment. A heavy metal or lead-lined urn should be empty and unsealed in checked luggage. Upon reaching your destination, the cremated remains can be transferred from the wooden urn or plastic urn into the heavy metal urn. At all times during shipment, legal documentation and permits must be attached to the urn.