Interesting Coffins and Personalised Coffins

Personalising a Coffin: Adding a Touch of Individuality

Personalising a Coffin: Adding a Touch of Individuality

At Academy Funerals, we believe that funerals should reflect the unique personality of the departed. We are honoured to assist families in creating a funeral service that becomes a truly special and memorable occasion.

  1. Craft Your Own Coffin

If you possess handy skills and tools, constructing a coffin can be a meaningful way to pay tribute. While it may seem like a daunting task, making a coffin is within reach. However, it is important to adhere to specific specifications.

For Cremation:

  • The length of the coffin should not exceed 1900 mm.
  • The width of the coffin should not exceed 700 mm.
  • The depth of the coffin should not exceed 400 mm.

Please note that crematoriums can only accommodate certain coffin sizes. Once a coffin exceeds the maximum size, cremation is not possible.

For Burial:

  • The length of the coffin should not exceed 1900 mm.
  • The width of the coffin should not exceed 600 mm.
  • The depth of the coffin should not exceed 400 mm.

Grave Sizes

Standard graves measure 2400 mm in length and 900 mm in width, allowing sufficient space for coffins within the specified sizes. It is important to consider that grave sides may not always be perfectly smooth or uniform. Therefore, providing ample clearance on all sides of the coffin is necessary.

For Larger Coffins

Cemeteries are equipped to cater to larger coffins by offering the option to purchase two adjacent or end-to-end graves. Approximately 300 mm of space is available between graves. If a grave encroaches upon this 300 mm gap, there is a risk of collapse, potentially exposing the adjacent coffin.

Choosing the Right Material

Most coffins are crafted from Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) due to its versatility and ease of use. However, solid timber or plywood are also suitable options. Coffins can also be made from various metals. Please note that fibreglass and plastics are not permitted.

  1. Paint or Cover Your Coffin

Many families choose to paint designs on the coffin, either at Academy Funerals or in the comfort of their own homes. Alternatively, coffins can be adorned with different materials, such as floral prints, unicorns, or zebrasβ€”the choice is yours. Academy Funerals can assist in attaching the material to the coffin, or you can take on this task independently. Keep in mind that you will need a piece of material measuring 5 metres in length and, if possible, 1200 mm wide.

We have also had families bring stickers that are strategically placed on the coffin. Others have adorned the coffin with drawings and posters showcasing the person’s collection of works.

  1. Carve Your Coffin

For those with exceptional talent, carving a coffin can be a remarkable way to create a unique tribute. Over the years, we have witnessed many intricately carved coffins, ranging from tribal designs to incredibly detailed carved faces of the departed. MDF coffins are particularly suitable for this type of craftsmanship.

This blog aims to provide guidance to those organising funerals in Brisbane, as well as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts. We strive to help you create a farewell that truly captures the essence of your loved one.

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