Coffins are beginning to have personalities of their own, allowing for the centrepiece of your funeral to make a fantastic statement. Below are some of the more avant-garde examples for you to ponder whilst planning a funeral...
Have a coffin in mind for the ultimate celebration of your life? Then make a note of it in your very own Funeral Plan.
The FUN in Funeral!
If you want to encourage some uplifting laughter at your funeral, check out Crazy Coffins. From caskets resembling skateboards to boats, from cricket wickets to ballet shoes, this company truly has their finger on the pulse of the funky funeral business.
Coffin It Up offer a variety of coffin type furniture pieces. We particulary like the pre-need coffin that can be used as a display case or coffee table until it's needed. Why not get the most out of your investment!
Cheap, Cheerful and Chic.
Cheap and cheerful coffins are not to be frowned upon anymore. Under the earthbeds™ label you’ll
find burial vessels that are less harmful to the environment. These caskets are made from 100% recycled cardboard.They are strong and reliable while being gentle to the Earth.
Don't be caught dead without one'
Bert and Bud of Vintage Coffins have done it again with this toe pinching black gothic piece. The coffin doubles as an open cabinet, with glass shelves for your crystal ware or other precious objects.
The trend to die responsibly is steadily increasing these days, thanks to super chic coffins like the Ecopod. Not only is this coffin 100% environmentally friendly, but is shaped like a seed pod to symbolically show the process of regeneration and re-birth. The company's Acorn Urn only goes to compliment the Ecopod. Kudos to Hazel.
An awesome trek?
Check out the handmade, classy Cocoon coffin designed by the German company UONO. This environmentally friendly ‘trekkie transporter’ may cost a buck or two, but perfect if you want to go out in real style.
The dead fashionable designer coffin
Colourful and personalised caskets are becoming more popular these days. People are choosing coffins with designs such as flags, football emblems, religious and animation scenes. Oxford Coffins has an excellent range on offer.
The Art of Dying
A company called Dying Art have some very tasteful coffin designs on offer. Their philosophy is "to celebrate what is loved about us by imagery on the surface of the casket."
Cheap and cheerful?
Cardboard coffins are also becoming popular these days. Not only can you paint these sturdy caskets but they are biodegradable and cheap. Money you save on the coffin can may be go behind the bar at your ‘after tears’ party. Other biodegradable coffins such as bamboo, wicker and papier-mâché, are also becoming more popular, as environmentally friendly alternatives to the rainforest-destroying traditional mahogany. Family and friends can even sign the papier-mâché ones.
A shroud ...the last thing you’ll wear?
Surprisingly, it is not against the law to forfeit a coffin and go for a simple shroud. People who have environmental concerns are tending to find this option more attractive. A company called Kinkaraco offers a range of biodegradable shrouds.
Yep, more and more people are going to such lengths as to make and decorate their own coffin or shroud ready for their big day. And why not make your final resting place just right inside and out, and simultaneously save on your funeral costs? Some families have been known to make the coffin for the loved one themselves after their death. Make sure however, if you want this, your family and friends are prepared to get their tools out! Check out Out House Charlie a coffin company who offers do-it-yourself coffin kits.
And Finally ... Coming to a Graveyard Near You.
Video tombstones have been invented and it's only a matter of time until graveyards become alive with stories, advice, confessions and memories from beyond the grave. Check out Vidstone and view their sample tombstone vid!