Rent a coffin

I was watching an interview with an American coroner on television and behind him was the showroom for coffins. Above one of the ornate coffins was a sign which read ‘Hardwood.’

Now I thought hardwood was an ever diminishing valuable resource so why on earth would you use it for a coffin? A coffin is going to be seen for a day or two then buried or burned. What is the point of using scarce valuable materials to then destroy them? Even in our society’s legendary profligacy, it doesn’t make much sense.

I know the arguments for an ornate coffin; it demonstrates the love and reverence the relatives hold that person in, it’s a dignified end to a xxxxx life (insert relevant epitaph, although I have yet to see or hear one that was truthful, especially if they were a twat when alive), etc. There is also an old tradition of leaving artifacts inside the barrow or coffin, usually gold coins for the ferryman (but more often than not, the grave robber). But surely we now know that the person is dead and the body is destined for dust or ash; they don’t need these things and they don’t need the fancy, gold plated coffin. Even as a youth I was appalled by the waste and told everyone I knew that I wished to be buried in a couple of cardboard boxes.

So here is my idea. Rent the hardwood, ivory embellished, gold plated, rhinoceros horn-adorned, marble inlaid coffin for the ceremony, then switch to a chipboard coffin at the exit. The expensive coffin can then be reused for another burial/cremation making the whole thing cheaper and keeping the traditionalists happy. It makes sense.

Why should cost/benefit globalization be excluded from the dead?

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  3. I watched a news item concerning this on TV the other night. Thanks for covering it in greater depth

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