Chapter Four Links

UK friends: website descriptions that are specific to the UK are in green text.

Thinking Inside The BoxWhile our Halloween coffin may not meet the exact requirements for burial in a traditional memorial park, it sure serves its intended purpose. And that’s what this chapter is all about. 

Did You Know…

They now have urns that use state-of-the-art 3D imaging and photographs to create a bust type urn in the shape of the deceased.


Green caskets are made from fully biodegradable products such as wood,wicker, willow, bamboo, sea grass, water hyacinth, banana leaves, corn skin, and paper.

You can have a casket made in the shape of a kite, shoe, wine cork or surfboard.

There are special caskets /shrouds for sea burial.

You do not have to buy a casket at a funeral home.

Photo courtesy of Linda Baker who just might be nuts but does love Halloween – so much so that she wants to be cremated in this coffin made by her husband unless it is close to Halloween and Scott wants to use it for decorating.

Notes & Updates

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The websites for goods and services are offered for your interest and exploration. The the act of posting them here is not an endorsement. There are some “goods and services” sites with whom I have had positive interaction and these sites are noted by the following: !!!

Interesting article. “Forget Coffins – Organic Burial Pods Will Turn Your Loved Ones Into Trees”

Full Body Burial – Traditional Caskets

Full Body Burial – Non-traditional Caskets

Bert & Bud’s Vintage Coffins coffin kits  !!! Note: The designer/builder has a masters degree from Pratt Institute and more than forty years experience in art and design. These coffins are artfully designed, exquisitely proportioned, finely crafted and personalized. Departures  Link no longer exists. Try below:

Two Feathers Coffins and Caskets no longer exhists. Try link below Trappist monks of New Melleray Abbey

Art Caskets – Crazy Coffins Coffin Carpenters !!!

Reduce your carbon footprint by choosing the naturally biodegradable Ecopod. The earth will thank you.
The Ecopod is available in North America through the Natural Burial Company     

Photograph courtesy of ARKA Ecopod Limited

Full Body Burial – Green Caskets

Caskets By Design Caskets Caskets Caskets Coffins – All natural coffins.

Green Casket Company – no longer in business – try link kbelow USA link no longer exists. Use below:
Village Memorial Burial Craft

UK – Family Tree Funeral Company

Casket Furniture –  Alas, this company is out of business.

Try Dornob (shelves – yikes!!!)

Full body Burial – Homemade Caskets

Bert & Bud’s Vintage Coffins coffin kits  !!! Note: The coffin kits are being discontinued. Look above at Full Body Burial — Non-Traditional Caskets for their beautiful custom-made caskets.

How To Build Your Own Coffin
Casket Furniture and Casket Kits Alas, this company is out of business.
Try Dornob

MHP Casket Kits

Sweet Earth Casket and Cradle Shop – Out of business

Last Things: Alternatives at the End of Life

Mother Earth News article

The North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota – Not offering the course as of 1/15/14

The Rockler Woodworking and Hardware wood casket plans.

Teach Me! Show Me! How to build a coffin. Teach Me Show Me website no longer exists.



Cremation Coffins and Urns

The Funeral Casket Society

The ABC Caskets Factory

Pre-Cremation Coffins – Alternative, Handmade, Green

Post Cremation Containers – Traditional Urns
Cremation Urns Ashes
Nontraditional Urns
Elegant Affordable Urns * link not workingElegant Urns The Light Urns keepsakes On Brightly  !!!

Traditional Scattering Urns

Memory Vault Online: Digital Photo Frame

Cremation Solutions

Green Urns
Homemade Urns
MHP Urns Link no longer working. Try link below:

Traveling with Cremated Remains

Transportation Security Administration Please DO NOT go by information on thier website. Call your airling to double check!