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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Final DIY Project: Build Your Own Coffin

CoffinMany take non-traditional approaches to preparing for the inevitable, such as writing their own obituaries or planning the details of their funerals. Others have taken a more hands-on approach by building their own caskets.

There are now various merchants that offer the parts to build a coffin, and a few that go a step further with ready-to-assemble kits.  According to Northwoods Casket Co. of Wisconsin, assembly only takes about two hours to build. There are several reasons why someone might opt for a DIY-coffin, such as affordability. A typical family will spend $2,000 to $3,000 on a coffin, which makes the $699 price tag on a coffin kit look appealing. Another reason is the opportunity to take a burden off of love ones when the time comes, or the peace of mind by taking control of this part of death.

For more information see James R. Hagerty “Final DIY Project: Build Your Own Coffin”, Wall Street Journal, July 18, 2022.

Special thanks to Joel C. Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.


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