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Sharon Hunter - September 2021

Personalizing the Casket

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While it’s custom to have a casket spray, there’s no rule that says you must purchase a floral arrangement to display on the coffin. Instead, you might personalize the casket with mementos and items from your loved one’s life.

Personalizing the casket is another way to acknowledge the uniqueness of the deceased; it adds layers of remembrance. His surfboard or snow skis. Her stiletto heels and worn-out running shoes. What about his lucky fishing hat and favourite rod (the one that caught all those fish he boasted about).

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For sporty types, there’s the tennis racket, the football boots, the golf clubs. It could be her gardening gloves, a straw hat, and a bowl of those succulent lemons she was famous for growing.

For some, it’s the items placed in the casket that hold special significance. Letters and photos. A cherished toy. Jewellery. There might be drawings or poems from grandchildren.

For the ultimate in personalization, get a cardboard casket and have family decorate it with photos, paintings, and written tributes; anything that captures feelings for your loved one.

What you’re trying to do is arouse a response, a reaction where people say, “That was so Geoff!”. Trust your instincts and you’ll be fine.

"For the ultimate in personalization, get a cardboard casket and have family decorate it with photos, paintings, and written tributes; anything that captures feelings for your loved one."

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