Coffins

That saying ‘i’ll go in a cardboard box’ is often quoted. As most things in life now there are so many choices and that applies to coffins as well, so this blog is just here to take you through your options and share some interesting history.

The word coffin comes from the Old French ‘Cofin’ and from the Latin ‘cophinus’ which translates into basket. The word was first used in the english language in 1380.

Coffins have been used since ancient Egypt when a body was mummified and placed in a sacrophagus, before being buried in Pyramids.

In 1748, Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II declared that re-usable coffins were used in order to save wood. The coffins were equipped with a trap door on the bottom that would drop the body into a hole and the coffin to be pulled back up and used for another funeral. Due to public outcry, the law was cancelled within the first six months.

In the 1700 and 1800’s the fear of being buried alive was rampant. This was due in part to the cholera epidemic and rumours of live burials that had occurred. In response to these fears a safety coffin was developed. The coffin would include a mechanism that allowed the occupant to signal that he or she had been buried alive. Usually it was a cord attached to a bell. How scary would that be.

Fast forward to the 21st century. Coffins can now be wood, bamboo, wool, banana leaf, wicker and cardboard. . They can also be found in a variety of shapes and colours and they can be personalised. You may like the idea of a shroud.

From traditional to modern. We can supply wood veneer, solid wood, wicker, bamboo, wool or cardboard. Generally we offer a standard coffin as part of our package because we feel that is a good place to start and many families are happy with that choice.

My Opals coffin was designed by Greenfield Creations. If you would like a truly eco friendly coffin I would also like to recommend Feet First in Milton Keynes. Paul makes his coffins generally from pine. They are 100% environmentally friendly, handcrafted and finished with entirely bio-degradable handles, lining and beeswax polish. These are suitable for burial or cremation.

Regardless of the type of coffin, a Funeral is a way for the living to honour the deceased. It is a chance to say a final goodbye and pay tribute, that’s what truly matters.