Coffin

Would You Rent A Coffin For Your Funeral?

Choosing the right coffin is an important element of organising a funeral for you, or someone else. The make, style and cost are all important elements to the person making the decision and how it reflects upon others. Nevertheless, the coffin is going to be burnt or buried under the ground and only available, visually, for a short period of time; so what choices should you make? The range of caskets and coffins available is considerable, with prices from less than £100 to a top of the range model, costing several thousand pounds. Choose From An Undertakers Selection? You do not have to choose a coffin or casket from a selection shown by your undertaker or funeral director. Although you may be completing an emotional purchase at the time of high stress, you still need to consider your budget for the funeral among all the other associated costs at this stage of your life. While carrying out your research, you will need to know the difference between caskets and coffins. A casket is constructed with four sides and the top and the bottom; whereas a coffin is made with six sides and the top and the bottom. A coffin is wider at the shoulder space for the deceased person and slimmer along the leg length. Although the majority of selections are caskets, they are usually known as coffins. Confusing: yes? Worried about appearances? Most people would not wish to be known as cutting corners on the finances, when you choose a coffin. Also, you would not want to be disrespectful to the dead by choosing the cheapest possible model, but would they have minded and are you wasting money by spending more? In the varying price ranges, there is little distinction in the appearances between a rather cheap veneered MDF oak look coffin and the solid oak version which will cost you at least six times as much. By spending less money on the coffin, most people won’t be able to tell the difference. Going green? Rather than contributing to the cutting down of a forest, you can choose wood that has been carefully selected from a managed forest, where the wood content is constantly assessed and new trees grown in the area. Alternatively, you can choose bamboo, willow or a cardboard coffin. Not all of these will necessarily be the cheapest coffin that you can purchase, but you...

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Why Accept A Traditional Coffin?

You don’t have to accept the standard, traditional coffin that your funeral director offers to you. After all, while a coffin does serve an important role as part of the funeral process, with around 75% of people choosing a cremation over a burial across the UK, is the use of the most expensive wood the best use of your money? For the environmentally conscious, choosing a 100% recycled cardboard coffin or making a preference for bamboo and willow coffins at least provides you with a range of choice, whether you have arranged a pre-paid funeral, or not. Print a design onto your coffin An Oxford company, Colourful Coffins  can print for you, on recycled paper, picture coffin designs so that you can choose to be buried or cremated in the national flag of your choice or your favourite football team’s stadium and colours. If you don’t wish to choose one of their hundreds of existing designs you can invent your own and they will print directly on to the coffin of your choice. When you have chosen to use the cremation route, you can select from the same range of designs to complete your ashes casket. You can’t buy direct from the Colourful Coffin Company, but you can liaise with your own funeral director to arrange for your designer send off. While you are arranging a prepaid funeral plan, you can ask your preferred choice of funeral director to order your coffin, complete with your favourite design and all of this can form part of your funeral plan. Related articles How To Go Green With Your...

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How to Prevent Your Funeral from Becoming a Commercial Event

When your coffee morning discussions are all about the environment and wondering about eco-coffins, green funerals and burials in dedicated woodlands, you may need to consider spending some time over at the Natural Death website. You will be able to find out about the majority of subjects that are close to your heart where you prefer to avoid the commercialisation and high expense of the standard funeral. You will find out how you can choose a natural burial ground and there are a high number of articles offering guidance and support for people planning a funeral, which may be your own or for someone close to you. Hopefully, the myths will be dispelled and you will receive specific information that is accurate because it comes from experts who have been helping to arrange funerals for a number of years. Knowing where the best woodland burial sites are is just one part of your potential evaluation, because you need to know what questions you should ask about the burial site, to ensure that your needs are met. There are a wide range of eco-coffins available in the UK, and this website will direct you to a range of possibilities made from willow or cardboard and also solid wood, from correctly maintained forests. Part of your best planning will come from pre-paying for your funeral in advance so that you have a Pre-Paid Funeral Plan in place for when the time comes, to give you and your family peace of mind that everything is organised and paid for. Related articles Grieving families face £1,000 ‘death tax’ as councils cash in on...

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What Does a Funeral Director do, Exactly?

At a time of extreme upset and grief for close family and friends, after a loved one has died, your chosen funeral director will show how they carry the responsibility to make certain that the funeral meets the needs of either the instructions of the person who has died (if they left specific instructions through a Pre-Paid Funeral Plan or perhaps their last will and testament – although family can choose to ignore the latter) or the wishes of the family. They will guarantee to provide a funeral that is extremely fitting and dignified and it will be carried out in an exemplary manner and with a professional behaviour. They are accountable for a funeral being completed while complying 100% with the law. The funeral director will help the family and friends with all of the necessary practicalities from arranging the funeral through to its completion and any necessary actions afterwards. Here is a list of most of the duties you will expect your funeral director to carry out. It’s a fairly general guide and while not completely exhaustive, some funeral directors will be able to offer other services in addition to those listed below. They will arrange for the deceased to be moved from where they died, which may be at home, a hospital, or elsewhere, to the funeral director’s premises so they may prepare the body for the funeral. The funeral director is able to move the body to the family home if that’s your preference. There is a range of documentation that must be completed before a person can be buried or cremated and if you are unsure, the funeral director will help you and offer advice on all of these matters as well as the entire funeral process. Where it is required, the funeral director will prepare the body and a suitable location if people wish to view the deceased before the funeral is completed. In some cases, the funeral director will arrange for the repatriation of the body from overseas so that the deceased can be buried or cremated in the UK. If the funeral is to be held in a different part of the country from where the funeral director operates, they will make all of the arrangements for the transfer of the body. Having inspected the requests of the deceased and discussed those further with close friends and family, the funeral director...

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Bigger Graves and Coffins Required

Rochford Council, in Essex, are going through the stages of updating their regulations so that bigger graves can be dug, where appropriate. This is because of the fact that as people gradually get larger, bigger coffins and larger grave spaces are being required. The new graves will be dug 10’ long by 4’ wide, which is about 10% bigger. Where people require an even larger grave space, they will be allowed to purchase two adjoining graves to provide them with sufficient land and a grave big enough for any coffins. Most people understand that the adult population has been increasing in size for some time with many people now registering as obese on the weight scale. According to Rochford’s figures, 25.4% of their population are obese and this figure is only a little higher than the national average. The additional grave space ensures that there isn’t a collapse when coffins have been lowered into the ground where two grave places are too close to each other. Coffins have been available in much larger sizes for some time and if this matter concerns you, you should discuss it in detail with the funeral director selected as part of your prepaid funeral plan.  Related articles Super-size graves: Council starts digging larger graves to accommodate bigger...

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