Choosing a coffin for someone is probably not something you have ever given much thought to, if any. When it actually comes to it, it can feel surreal. Itâ€™s difficult. Take your time.
Thereâ€™s a huge range of coffins out there. In Britain we have more choice than in any other country on earth.
Do you have to buy a coffin from an undertaker?
No you donâ€™t. Undertakers are beginning to realize that a great many people want to buy this last gift for someone who has died themselves, not through a third-party. If your undertaker refuses to accept a coffin bought by you, take your business elsewhere. Any problems, contact us.
You can spend as much as you like on a coffin, from 150 pounds to several thousand.
No one wants to feel like a skinflint and choose something disrespectfully cheap. But hereâ€™s a thing: thereâ€™s almost no difference in appearance between a bottom-of-the-range veneered MDF â€˜oakâ€™ coffin and a solid oak one at five times the price. If you throw good money at a coffin it is highly unlikely that anyone will notice unless it is made from other materials â€“ like bamboo or willow or cardboard.
1. What you can afford
2. Which material you think appropriate
3. What you like the look of