Martin and Julie Chatfield run one of Britain’s loveliest natural burial grounds.
Yesterday’s funeral featured this hand-painted cardboard coffin.
It was sourced by David Albery, of Exeter and District Funeral Services (a GFG recommended funeral director), who was looking after Catherine. The family took it home and painted it, then handed it back to David, who did the needful. On the day of the funeral he brought Catherine to Martin and Julie’s log cabin at the burial ground, and left.
The family arrived and decorated the cabin. Martin showed them how to carry and lower the coffin, and pointed out the grave, which was bedded with lovely bright wheat straw. He then left them to it.
A little later, humanist celebrant Alison Orchard arrived. There was a ceremony, then the coffin was borne by members of the family to the grave. A few last words were spoken and the coffin lowered.
Alison left. The family had a cuppa and a bite to eat back at the log cabin before departing.
So ended a funeral owned by a self-empowered family, facilitated by sensitive, hands-off professionals.
The person who painted the coffin wants it to be an inspiration to others.
So do, please, leave a comment. He’ll be reading this and deserves to know how lovely it is.
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Find Martin and Julie’s burial ground, Crossways, here.
Find David Albery here.