The Oxford English Dictionary describes a coffin as – “box in which corpse is buried or cremated”. Not exactly very inspiring. Yes your average coffin is basically that, but over the past few years, the scope and variety of coffin choice has increased dramatically.
Although the “traditional” style wooden or wood veneer coffin is still at present the norm, people’s desire for something different, individual and more environmentally friendly, is having a big effect on the market place, with most funeral directors now having to offer a much wider range. Coffins made from wood, wicker, wool, cardboard, palm leaf or bamboo are just some of the options. Most still have to be bought through a funeral director, but some can be bought direct from the manufacturers, and even delivered in 24hrs! Why not build your own if it takes your fancy.
Below, we have sourced some of the choices that are available, ranging from cheap (under a hundred pounds), to expensive (several thousand). Remember, don’t limit yourself to just the options that the funeral director has. You can have whatever coffin you want – it’s your funeral!
Solid wood or chipboard veneer?
The simpler the better (for the environment at least)
Sturdy, cheap, environmentally friendly, and available in just about any colour or pattern you can think of.
Well designed with the environment in mind
Natural products, hand made and beautifully finished
Something different from the norm – a selection of stylish, individual and bespoke options.
Cheap and cheerful or grand-design – dust off the tools and get creative.
Bespoke and unique – let your imagination go
Simple or ornate – they’re all you really need.
Not just for the emergency services – a cheap alternative
Keeping up appearances – whilst keeping costs down.