Can I be buried without a coffin? A question many people ask as the traditional funeral is always depicted with coffins, their bearers, and the coffin then being lowered into the ground. You may be interested to know therefore that there is no law in the UK that states you must be buried in a coffin. The same applies for cremations. Although the vast majority of crematoria expect the body to be in a coffin, there is no law that stipulates that it must be. Some crematoria in the UK will now allow the use of a shroud as opposed to a coffin.GET A QUOTE
As stated above, there is no law that says you must be buried in a coffin in the UK. In fact, the body of the deceased does not have to be disposed of in a casket, coffin, or covered by a funeral shroud. These are all traditions. What the law does state is that it is indeed an offence to expose a dead body near a public highway. Exposure of a dead body in a public place or by a highway is an outrage to public decency. The body of the deceased must be covered in public. The way you choose to cover the body is entirely up to you however.
Eco funerals are becoming more and more popular in the UK and all around the world. A traditional coffin uses natural resources in its fabrication. Many people are therefore seeking an alternative to using coffins, shrouds being used more than they were in the past. Contrary to the belief of many, you can also source your own coffin or shroud. You do not have to but from a registered funeral director. You are entirely within your rights to source or even make your own coffin from scratch.
Being buried without a coffin often goes hand in hand with being buried without being embalmed first. The embalming process is not kind to the environment in the same way that chopping down trees to make coffins isn’t. For an entirely natural burial, you may choose to cover the body with a simple shroud and bury it without embalming first. Embalming is a general requirement for visiting the body in a funeral home. Once again, it is however not a law.GET A QUOTE
If you wish to be buried without a coffin, chances are that you are looking for alternative ways to commemorate your life or the life of a loved one. Traditional headstones made of granite tend to go hand in hand with traditional embalming and coffins. You may choose a memorial bench or your own handmade memorial after the scattering of ashes. What is important to remember is that if you are nonconventional then you can have a non-traditional funeral. When planning your funeral, you can choose to be buried without a coffin if it is your desire, in the same way that it is not an obligation for your body to be embalmed.