Cost of fu­ner­als — why not make your own cof­fin

Waikato Times - - Opinion - Ron Collinson, Piron­gia

I’m re­ally dis­ap­pointed with the TV ad­verts to take out sev­eral thou­sand dollars’ worth of funeral in­sur­ance.

There’s no need to. I joined the happy 40 or so men and women mak­ing their own coffins at the Hast­ings Cof­fin Club.

Make your cof­fin for $500, then the cost of cre­ma­tion is $640. You just need two able-bod­ied folk to take you from the morgue to the cre­ma­to­rium.

Then, my daugh­ter, in my case will, as my funeral con­duc­tor, in­vite all to be joy­ful a few days later and have a few cups of tea or a few wines to re­lease me to the promised land.

I’m de­lighted my ashes will be go­ing un­der our kauri and po¯ hutukawa trees.

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