Selecting a coffin for your loved one may not be something you’ve ever thought about. It can be difficult to know where to start, so allow this guide to provide you with some gentle inspiration for choosing the right coffin for the deceased.
Solid wood coffin
Solid wood coffins are among the most common types of coffin. They are usually made from oak, although redwood or other FSC-certified timber options are also available. This type of coffin has metal handles and carved decorations. It’s possible to add engravings, decals and even choose painted wooden coffins to make them more personal.
Chipboard and veneer coffin
Chipboard and veneer coffins are a low-cost alternative to a solid wood coffin, although they can look very similar. They usually feature metal or replica metal handles and are a lighter option compared with the traditional version.
Made with stainless steel, steel bronze or copper, a metal coffin offers a more durable option than a solid wood coffin. However, it’s worth noting that they can also be more expensive because of the cost of the metal.
Bespoke coffins can be a lovely way to add a personal touch to a funeral. An image-wrapped coffin can portray the interests of the deceased and expresses what they were all about. Personalised coffins can encompass many themes, such as nature, sport, music, animals, fashion and flags.
A green coffin is a great way to help give your loved one an environmentally friendly send-off. There are many different types of sustainable coffins – here’s a few of the most popular options, many available at Stockman & Loram:
Also known as wicker coffins or basket coffins, these are usually hand-woven by artisan craftsmen. Wicker coffins are usually around a similar price to veneer and chipboard coffins, and typically less expensive than solid wood. They’re the ideal choice if you want to have an environmentally friendly ceremony.
Coffins made from British wool fleeces are growing in popularity – again, this is a more sustainable choice that reduces harmful environmental impact. Woollen coffins are biodegradable and therefore contribute to carbon footprint reduction.
Cardboard coffins are also biodegradable, as well as lightweight and reasonably low cost. They give you the opportunity to add personalised designs – either from an existing selection or by creating your own unique artwork.
At Stockman and Loram, we provide a range of high quality coffins to give your loved one the send off they deserve. Our eco-friendly coffins are the perfect addition to sustainable funerals and green burials. For reliable assistance with your funeral plans, please contact us today.