11.27.2007

Let's talk of happier things...

How much do coffins cost these days?

That was the phrase my best friend's friend and mentor Dr. Nicky used to use to change the topic of conversation when things got too dark...

Well, about $1,000 if you get them from the Trappists of New Melleray Abbey in Iowa. They make some lovely, simple wooden coffins ("blessed by an actual monk" - which seems to be the only aesthetically questionable part of their marketing strategy, in my humble opinion...) and urns, and deliver next day if needed - or you can pre-plan, which might be a nice final gift for your family.

Also, the simplicity of a wood coffin without lots of bells and whistles might help you in having an eco-friendly burial while maintaining some of the look of traditional Christian burial. But if you're looking for a less traditional option that is still pretty stylish, why not try the Eco-Pod, currently produced in Britain, entirely out of recycled paper, with or without an "Aztec Sun "design?

3 comments:

Jane said...

Eco-pod may save my husband from being creamted, I tell 'em the cheapest way!

NoisyNorah said...

My grandfather, rest his soul, used to ask at a lull in the conversation, "So do you know what it will cost for you to die?" He could come up with the figure.

John A. Miller said...

My mother actually pointed those Trappist coffins out to me recently. She thought they were a little on the show-y side, though.

I want mine to look like a Shaker chest-of-drawers.