Humans have been burying the deceased for thousands of years, and the variety of recipients used for burial has always been impressive.
No matter which type of final disposition you select, it's essential to see what are the main reasons for using caskets or coffins:
Back in the days, scavengers and predators would attach the body of the deceased. The sealed casket appeared as a necessity to protect the dead from birds, animals, and even thieves.
When someone would die from an infectious disease, people would use caskets for lowering the risk of contracting the sickness.
The casket will stop germs, viruses, and bacteria from affecting the humans as they were engaging in the funeral rituals. Additionally, caskets would also prevent the germs from seeping into the groundwater and soil.
People have always been interested in conserving the bodies of their loved ones from decomposing. The casket keeps the elements from getting inside. Moisture and bacteria don't get inside the casket and don't speed up the decomposing process anymore.
Commonly, people use the casket for displaying the body, even if burial will not take place. Viewing the body helps the family and friends have closure, expressing their grief, and also paying respect for the deceased.
Due to their love for the deceased, people like using caskets as a way to show respect. Caskets make the dead look like it's sleeping, and the image is comforting for the surviving family. A coffin with satin fabric and pillow leads to the illusion that the deceased is only sleeping. It's less stressful and painful for the family and friends to see the dead lying like in a comfortable bed for a restful sleep.
Funeral rituals have been created in time for helping the surviving family to accept and manage their grief. It’s understandable why people feel confused and overwhelmed when someone dear to them dies. Participating in rituals and ceremonies has therapeutic values, helping people accept death and their feelings.
It's only a matter of time until bodies start to decompose and cause a dreadful scent. The casket will not stop the decomposing, but it will keep the smell in an enclosed space, lowering the disturbing sensations caused by death and decay.
People have been burying the deads with precious jewelry for years. Sadly, the ritual would determine people to start digging up the graves and look for artifacts and valuable items that may have been placed in the caskets.
Throughout history, people designed caskets with features that would deter rubbers, without ever disturbing the deceased.