Most people have never thought about coffins until the day they’re asked to choose one, and then they find there are numerous options. You’ll probably choose one based on budget, appearance, and the lifestyle and preferences of the person who has died. Don’t feel rushed into making a decision.
Traditional coffins are tapered in shape and made of solid wood or veneer. They may be ornate or plain in design and come in prices to suit all budgets.
An English casket is usually also made of wood, but is rectangular rather than tapered. An American-style casket is more elaborate; it is not suitable for cremation and may not be allowed for burial in all cemeteries.
Picture coffins may be decorated all over with a photographic image such as flowers, a landscape, or a favourite football team.
As part of a greener funeral, many people now choose coffins made from alternative materials such as wicker, bamboo or wool or even cardboard.
Our funeral directors are here to help you, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you’re unsure about what to do next, pick up the phone to your local funeral director and we’ll be there for you with our years of experience and understanding.