Woman Builds Her Own Coffin to Be Used After She Dies, Currently Using It as Bookshelf

Woman Builds Her Own Coffin to Be Used After She Dies, Currently Using It as Bookshelf

  • A woman from Portland has built her own coffin which she is using as her bookshelf
  • Leona Oceania, 52, said that many of her guests tend to check the bookshelf out but only a few guess it is a coffin
  • Her woodworker disclosed that many people are visiting his workshops to create their own final resting place

Across the country, people are building their own coffins and then displaying them as decoration in their homes until their deaths.

Woman builds her own coffin to be used after she dies. Photo: Getty Images.
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Leona Oceania, 52, of Portland has a set of beautiful pine bookshelves displaying her favourite books and a few knickknacks in her living room.

She told the Wall Street Journal that guests tend to check it out but few guess that the shelves will one day be removed to make room for Oceania as she’s laid to rest and buried in her homemade coffin.

“Death has always intrigued me. I don’t think in a weird way,” she explained.

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Oceania works as an administrator at a municipal public works department and doubles as a death doula, as well as a home funeral guide, hospice volunteer and public speaker on the art of dying well, according to the Journal.

Chuck Lakin helped Oceania to build her coffin as part of his coffin-making course.

He also makes customized coffins to order.

Lakin told The Post that building a coffin costs about N122 000 for the lumber and about N210 000 for his expertise.

Lakin was inspired to help others navigate alternative funeral proceedings after his father felt impersonal.

He’s been making an average of three to five coffins a year since 2000 but made 10 last year.

Busia man buys his coffin worth over N200k

In a separate article, Legit.ng reported that an elderly man in Busia county shocked his fellow natives after he bought his third coffin.

87-year-old Alloise Otieng’ Ominang’ombe bought a new coffin valued at N206 000, which he would like to be buried.

He had separately bought others in 2009 and 2012; he, however, said the previous ones had been deprived of the sense of fashion.

Source: TUKO.co.ke

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