A funeral is a time to celebrate the life, loves, and pastimes of a special family member or friend. When planning a funeral, it is important to personalize all aspects of the funeral and burial service to emphasize a family member's or friend's personality and how they loved to spend their time. This is especially important for a creative and active person with a sense of humor. One way to personalize a person's funeral is to have a custom casket created that reflects their personality, occupation, and pastimes. Here are some suggestions for creative custom caskets that can be made for a special family member or friend:
A Musician's Casket: A pianist can be buried in a casket that is built in the shape of a grand piano. The lid of the grand piano can be opened for viewing and then closed for burial. This casket can be fitted with a working keyboard on one end. Funeral guests could be allowed to play a few notes or a special song on the keyboard during the funeral or memorial service.
An Outdoorsman's Casket: An avid outdoorsman who loved boating can be buried in a custom casket in the shape of a canoe. A hinged lid could be built on top of the hull of the canoe so that it can be opened for viewing and then closed for burial. Canoe oars could be attached to the lid of the canoe and travel stickers could be glued to the sides of the canoe hull.
A Chef's Casket: A chef can be buried in a custom casket that has a hinged lid in the shape of a chef's knife or chef's cleaver. This knife casket can be shaped and painted to resemble a chef's favorite brand of knives. A chef's favorite recipes can be made and served at the reception after the funeral and burial.
An Author's Casket: An author can be buried in a custom casket in the shape of a book. The sides of the casket can be carved to look like the pages of a book and gilded in gold paint. The title of one of the author's books can be inscribed on the top cover of the book casket. If desired, copies of the author's books can be given to guests as gifts at the reception after the funeral and burial service.
A Surfer's Casket: A person who loves to surf and swim in the ocean can be buried in a casket with their favorite surfboard used as a casket lid. This surfboard lid can be hinged to allow for viewing during the funeral service. A soft blue cloth can line the inside of the casket to resemble the blue of the ocean and travel stickers from all of the places where they surfed can be glued to the sides of the casket.
Speak to your special family member or friend and ask them how they would like to personalize their funeral and burial service to reflect their personality and pastimes during their life. Then, work with a funeral home who offers customization to get the look you want. For the right person, a creative and unusual custom casket can be a perfect way to celebrate their life, their loves, and their sense of humor.