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As we celebrate Thanksgiving this year, we are reminded that, even in difficult times, there are endless reasons to thank God.  Personally, we are very aware of the blessing of still having a monastery after the recent fires and of staying healthy in these times of COVID.  Even more so, we are grateful to God for you our friends, who are always there for us, even in these tough times.  And yes, these are tough times, but Christ’s light shines brighter in darkness.  As we journey towards the Nativity, may we all let His light confront and banish the darkness in our own souls so that we, along with the Christmas star, may be lights leading others to our Incarnate God!

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ, all shall be made alive.

~1 Corinthians 15:22


Our monastery caskets are simple and beautiful.  Each casket is individually crafted from fine solid pine veneer by skilled artisans, and is prayerfully lined and finished by the sisterhood. 

The casket is constructed with FSC Certified wood from sustainable sources.

The casket features fully removable upper and lower lids, which are secured with oil-rubbed bronzed pins. For Orthodox funerals, in which the open casket is placed in the middle of the church, the viewing lid may be removed allowing the congregation to gather around both sides of the casket.

Your purchase helps to support the life of our monastery.

CASKET: $1,500
Price includes applicable sales tax and excludes shipping costs.

To place an order, to arrange a local pickup or delivery, or to inquire about long-distance shipping, please contact our Store Manager.

For more details about our caskets, please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Resources section below.


Casket Crosses

Each cross is indvidually handcrafted by a skilled artisan using fine quality wood.

Latin Cross
Latin Cross
Latin Cross
3-Bar Cross
3-Bar Cross
3-Bar Cross
Budded Cross
Budded Cross
Budded Cross
Casket Inscriptions (Optional) -- NEW!

Holy Assumption Monastery is pleased to offer inscriptions on your loved one's casket.

The sisterhood hand-woodburns the inscription directly onto the wood. Irregularities in the lettering may occur. The irregularities are due to the uneven grain of the wood, which are also part of the beauty of the inscription. Please be aware that the grain of the wood differs from casket to casket.

Pricing for a standard inscription is $100.

Option A: "Grant rest, O Lord, to the soul of Thy departed servant" (pictured)

Option B: "Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner"

Pricing for a custom inscription begins at $50.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) & Resources


Casket Specifications:

  • The wood is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
    • FSC-Certified wood essentially means that the material used is sustainable
  • Fine solid pine veneer
  • Sturdy solid pine handles secured to casket with a small amount of hardware
  • Removable flat two-part lid secured to casket with oil-rubbed bronzed pins
  • Simple poly-cotton blend fabric lining, mattress and pillow
  • Includes cross of your choice (pictured in the Casket Crosses section on this webpage)
  • Dimensions
    • Exterior: 81.5" long x 29.5" widest point (includes handles) x 16.5" highest point (includes cross)
    • Interior: 78.5" long x 23" wide x 14" deep


Suggested Long-Term Storage Conditions


The FTC Funeral Rule


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Holy Assumption Monastery
1519 Washington St, Calistoga, CA 94515

(707) 942-6244