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RolloTheRed Report 22 Feb 2013 10:17

I myself believe that the last rites and burial of a human being should be respectful.


Lisa Report 22 Feb 2013 08:45

my partners gran had the eco coffin (card board ) it was white with wild flowers all over it,i will say all though it looked lovely couldnt help comparing it to a shoe box,
not as rigid as i thought it would be x x :-S

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 22 Feb 2013 08:41

Well next week on Alex Polizzi The Fixer (bbc 2 on Tuesday) she is giving advice to a Funeral Director who is struggling to make a profit so it might be interesting to watch the programme and see where he's going wrong.

I have always liked the idea of a wicker coffin, a friend of mine had one, but I thought they were more expensive than the basic wooden ones. I have always had a thing for baskets lol (Must be cos I am a basket case!)

I wouldn't mind a cardboard one, my o.h. is an electrical technician at a corrugated cardboard factory, if he brought me some boards home maybe I could make my own and hoard that as well lol



Sylvia Report 20 Feb 2013 23:57

I dont think there are any poor undertakers. And they will never have to worry about being out of a job.


brummiejan Report 20 Feb 2013 23:54

We had a wicker coffin for my Dad as it looked less morbid than the wooden ones - cost about the same - nearly had a cardboard one decorated with Welsh flag but chickened out! You can have pretty much anything on a cardboard coffin it seems.
All these were available at a regular funeral director's, much to my amazement.

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*$parkling $andie* Report 20 Feb 2013 23:50

Never seen a poor undertaker yet !

My local one has a massive range of private cars with private plates. ( Is 6 massive? ) is for our village !, a Porchse, a Merc, a Pink Classic Mini ( for his girlfriend) a Maserati not sure on the others :)

I 'd go for that one in the advert , provided hubby has space in the shed for it until required. ;-)


LadyScozz Report 20 Feb 2013 23:31

cardboard coffins have been used for a while, usually for cremations.

If I remember correctly, Barbara Cartland was (buried?) in one.

Save the trees :-D


BarbinSGlos Report 20 Feb 2013 19:58

Have just looked at the prices PP

Perhaps I could take up basket weaving lessons and make my own. :-D :-D :-D :-D


DazedConfused Report 20 Feb 2013 19:50

BarbinGlos - look at the prices for a wicker coffin - its really expensive

I wanted to prepay for an eco funeral, and to be honest it was just too expensive.

So thought sod it - let the council put me in a paupers grave - I will be long gone and will not care.


GRMarilyn Report 20 Feb 2013 19:15

Barb...... :-D :-D :-D


BarbinSGlos Report 20 Feb 2013 19:09


Have had my blanket on nearly every night for the last 12 months, I love it.

Wild flowers on top sounds just the job too

But dont think I will need a leccy in my basket cuz it will be hot enough where I'm going :-D


GRMarilyn Report 20 Feb 2013 18:59


I would like a wicker one too !!

Painted Purple !!........ with lots of wild flowers on top or flowers from the garden :-D

Hubby got his orders ......for later ..LOL

EDIT....Also want an Electric Blanket wrapped around me cause I cant do without it in this Joke ! :-0


Wend Report 20 Feb 2013 18:53

:-D @ Uzzi


BarbinSGlos Report 20 Feb 2013 18:52

I quite fancy a wicker one.

Mind you, I dont mind waiting a while :-D :-D


UzziInSunshine Report 20 Feb 2013 18:43

I will take it, and give it a great home


Guinevere Report 20 Feb 2013 18:19

The aim of the acts was to lessen imports of fabrics from overseas and to boost the home wool industry.

The well off forked out the fine of a fiver to be buried in linen or whatever else they wanted.


RolloTheRed Report 20 Feb 2013 18:08

There is some sort of movement that believes in "wild burials" in any place that catches their fancy. They say that the use of cardboard coffins is ecologically sound. Nothing about bodies being buried in unexpected places.

I am dubious that this is legal.

Long ago thrifty Brits just rented a coffin for the occasion which was then returned to the undertaker, the passenger being dropped off so as to speak.

Another wheeze from a long ago Chancellor was to demand that all people were to be buried wrapped up in a woollen shroud. This cost a fair bit and was unpopular. Priests had to enter "buried in woollen" in the burial registry. Those going in for the coffin rental scheme were entered "buried only in woollen" from which you may work out either (a) the family was not well britched or (b) the late person was unpopular.

What do they use these days for a free council burial? I would have thought cardboard would do fine, the material can be very strong. It can even be used to make bicycles.


Bobtanian Report 20 Feb 2013 17:26

AH! a Coven Coffin!

or its been on a demo!


ChrisofWessex Report 20 Feb 2013 17:21

Says it was used as a prop. Painted white.


LaGooner Report 20 Feb 2013 17:19

Oooo Island that is dead funny :-D :-D :-D