Colourful Coffins Bring Laughter to New Zealand Funerals

Colourful Coffins Bring Laughter to New Zealand Funerals

- A custom coffin maker is on a mission to change the tone of funerals in New Zealand

- Ross Hall came up with the business idea while contemplating his death

- The coffin maker wishes to be buried in a transparent coffin when he dies

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A New Zealand coffin maker is bringing laughter to the otherwise sombre occasions with custom coffins.

Ross Hall from Auckland runs a business called Dying Art which builds custom coffins.

Colourful Coffins Bring Laughter to New Zealand Funerals
Ross Hall's colourful coffins have changed the tone of funerals in New Zealand. Photos: Ross Hall.
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During a recent funeral, AP reported that mourners broke into laughter when the coffin of Phil McLean entered the church. According to the widow to the deceased, the coffin, which resembled a giant cream doughnut, overshadowed the sadness that usually accompanies funerals.

She said:

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“It overshadowed the sadness and the hard times in the last few weeks. The last memory in everyone’s mind was of that doughnut and my late husband’s sense of humour.”

Business idea

According to Hall, he first came up with the business idea 15 years ago while writing his will. He contemplated his death and concluded that he doesn’t want a typical burial.

He said:

“How do I want to go out? So I put in my will that I want a red box with flames on it.”

According to Hall, he approached funeral directors and they were initially hesitant to adopt his idea, but with time, it caught on.

Hall revealed:

“There are people who are happy with a brown mahogany box, and that’s great. But if they want to shout it out, I’m here to do it for them.”

According to Hall, people now see funerals as a celebration of life.

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He said:

“People now think it’s a celebration of life rather than a mourning of death.”

Hall has changed his mind about the red flames for his funeral and now wants his children to bury him in a transparent coffin wearing nothing but a leopard-pattern G-string.

The man said:

“My kids say they’re not going.”

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Meanwhile, previously reported that the leader of the Ghanaian group of pallbearers who have become a worldwide sensation on social media in many funeral memes spoke about the group's motivation.

Benjamin Aidoo was interviewed by the BBC in a video sighted by in which it was revealed that the group has about 100 employees who work under him.

According to Benjamin, the group gets clients from different locations requesting for their performance at the funerals of their beloved relatives.


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