We have given this quite a lot of thought. In fact, there is no legal requirement to have one. But we are used to them, and until that changes, they will continue to be used.
There would seem to be about six occasions in ones life that call for new clothes. Births, baptisms, joining ones Church or tribe, weddings, funerals, and after fasting. These are all sacraments or rites of passage in anybody's language.
Whilst there are a great many factors which inform how one chooses to carry out the final rite of passage, coffins are part of our culture for the time being. As a lot of carers know, one can easily get addicted to googling for just the one you think might be suitable.
At La Terra Pura, we are confident we can make for you, a coffin which will serve its purpose, whether you are heading for the pub or a cathedral. Even when we stop having cremations and move on to more sophisticated, less polluting methods - one needs something to travel in, and to appropriately preserve ones' modesty, - and it's just nice for the bereaved to have something comforting and beautiful to focus on, - simple or elaborate is entirely up to you.
ON URNS ... AND SACRED GEESE .....
It seems a little odd to have a gorgeous coffin, and then to have the remains returned in a plastic jar or box, so we aim also to provide matching boxes for ashes.
Right after the first ever La Terra Pura coffin was made, a classic V formation of geese flew overhead. Vivien whose coffin it was, used to love dancing a Russian folk dance called 'the sacred goose' - so we looked up 'sacred geese' in Wikipedia - and were intrigued by the results.......