UNDERSTANDING OPTIONS

Coffins and Urns

 

You may be thinking about ways to make the funeral reflect the life of the person who has died and the choice of coffin and / urn can help to achieve this. Traditionally, wooden coffins were used but increasingly people are opting for more contemporary choices. There is no legal requirement to use a coffin, however, public decency dictates that a body should be covered and alternatives to coffins (such as shrouds) are also available.

If you are not certain what type of coffin you would like, we can provide you with information on the different options, including:

Traditional wooden style coffins – There is a huge variety of different styles, colours and materials available to choose from

Wicker coffins – these can be made from a variety of different materials, such as bamboo, banana and willow. These can be natural or coloured depending on your preference

Cardboard coffins – these can be plain or they can have bespoke designs – for example with photographs, skylines, flowers or football club logos. If you really want to create a unique coffin, you could have a plain cardboard coffin and have children, family and friends decorate it with pictures, messages and photographs

Wool coffins – these offer a softer coffin alternative, are biodegradable and are suitable for any type of burial or cremation

Shrouds – these can be plain or decorative, white or coloured. They can be anything from just a white cotton sheet, to beautifully hand stitched woollen felt supported on a greenwood pole frame.

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Urns

 

We also have a variety of urns available to choose from, which range from the more traditional wooden urn to contemporary handmade bespoke designs:

Brass and metal urns – these can be of simple design or be more decorative

Wooden caskets – traditional looking box shaped option which you may choose to personalise

Scatter tubes – simply designed to hold cremated remains to enable you to scatter them in a location(s) or your choice. You can choose from a plain look or a more colourful design

Bios urn – provides a medium for the growth of a tree or plant when planted with the remains of your loved one

Water soluble urn – can be in decorative shapes such as turtles or water-lillies. They are designed to be placed in water and will slowly dissolve leaving the cremated remains behind

Bio-degradable urn – can be placed or buried in natural environments and will slowly degrade leaving cremated remains behind

Keepsake urns – these are small, miniature urns which can hold some of the ashes. They are ideal to be used as decoative pieces to help remember your loved one and can be in any shape or form you can imagine

Our website is not exhaustive of the options available to you so please ask if you have a specific idea in mind.

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