Coffins - an individual choice

What would you want?

More and more people are choosing to celebrate the individuality or their loved ones with a unique and non-traditional funeral service. One of the ways people do this is through the choice of a personalised coffin.

Although traditional wood coffins are still the most popular type of coffin, ‘personalised’ coffins in different shapes, colours and materials are starting to appear more frequently at funerals today.

There are a lot of different materials that coffins can be made from. We’ve organised funerals with coffins made from bamboo, wool, wicker, cardboard, willow, and coffins made from recycled materials are becoming more popular.


In recent years cardboard coffins are becoming a very popular option, often seen as an eco-friendly option, our cardboard coffin option is made from bio-degradable cardboard, from at least 70% post consumer waste, sourced from British mills.

Willow and Bamboo

Back in 2013, in partnership with our existing suppliers and Traidcraft – the UK’s leading independent fair trade organisation – we unveiled the first ever fairly-traded coffins. Our bamboo and willow coffins are manufactured in Bangladesh, where the raw materials are grown. Local people directly benefit from the endorsed fairly-traded product through decent working conditions, and payment of a fair price.

Picture coffins

Some families like to remember their loved one’s hobbies or occupation by choosing a picture coffin or casket to reflect it. Whether choosing a sporting theme, a landscape or something more abstract, a picture coffin can create a truly personal touch.

Decorating the coffin

It's also becoming more popular to place photographs of the loved ones on or beside the coffin. The coffin may also be painted or decorated with flowers, images, flags or even clothing – for example, tartans are popular in Scotland.

Sometimes messages from the family or friends are also written on the coffin itself.

Mementos inside the coffin

People sometime also like to place mementos inside the coffin, such as photographs, letters, wedding rings, watches, spectacles and medals. However, legislation affecting crematoria emissions means that some items may need to be removed before the cremation and returned to the family. Our Funeral Directors can provide any advice you need on this.

Why not read our further information on choosing a coffin or browse our full range of coffins and caskets.

For more ways to personalise funeral arrangements, click here.

For further information contact

Sarah Pyatt

Press Officer

Lauren Pogson

Senior PR Manager