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Without knobs on

Friday, 20 January 2012


From Richard Rawlinson, our religious correspondent, who is a Catholic. 


The campaign against ugly and extraneous coffin handles launched by aesthete and designer David Hicks, which the GFG ran a little while back – here – has support in high places. Pope John Paul II’s coffin was beautiful in its simplicity.

3 comments on “Without knobs on

  1. Sunday 22nd January 2012 at 8:10 pm

    To clarify, I mean uneccessarily wedged upwards, vs the usefully wedged sideways which accomodates those load bearing Pope shoulders.

  2. Sunday 22nd January 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Oh dear, I disagree about this thing’s beauty; simple, certainly – even if the wedge shape is not strictly necessary (and therefore a design feature?)
    But beautiful? Not in my eyes.

    I find handles (esp.rope or oak T-bar’s) to be a very useful feature. They obviate the need for a ‘litter’, like the one used here, and make the coffin more user friendly.
    Unlike the weak extrusion molded “brass” jobs, tacked on.

  3. Friday 20th January 2012 at 3:34 pm

    A good friend and her sister recently dealt with a Dignity branch in Scotland. Both were upset to discover the handles supplied were not as depicted in the sales brochure. They paid top whack for the coffin – and claimed Dignity were unapologetic, claiming that ‘variations’ were possible.

    I’m not a fan of handles – except perhaps those nice rope ones. It was/is a timely reminder that families have opinions about everything to do with our service, even handles – which I suspect your typical FD may not see as important at all.

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