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Families and Funeral Directos often like to share their testimonials and very personal stories with us, to explain why they chose a Colourful Coffin and how doing so made a difference to the saddest of days. We always appreciate those who take time to do so, as we believe it can help others to decide whether a Colourful Coffin is the right choice for them.

If you would like to send us your story, or would like to share your experiences with one of our team, please email comments@colourfulcoffins.com and we will feature your story or testimonial.

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Bespoke photo collage coffin

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Bespoke photo collage coffin Terry Arter

Terry was always laughing and playing jokes on people and that’s why I wanted his funeral to be a celebration of his life and this meant I could look at nice pictures of him laughing and making other people laugh, which is how he would have wanted to be remembered.

Alex Arter

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Bespoke cremated remains casket

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Picture coffin Field of Daffodils

Although they both were born and bred in Scotland, my parents went out to Africa to work in the 1950s and my brother and I grew up there. We had a wonderful life in what is now Zambia and Zimbabwe, and Mum only returned to the UK to live near us after my father died in 1999.

Craig Dewar

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Glitter casket for Mary's Mum

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Bespoke photo collage coffin Terry Arter

When Mum made her mind up about something, she never gave in. That’s how I will always remember her. One of the many things I loved and admired about my Mum was no matter how down or how much pain she was in, she could always laugh and see the fun in life.

Her sense of humour really got her through her life and she retained it right up to the end. She loved her family, adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and I know she loved living with us, all four generations together.

Mary Tomes

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Bespoke picture coffin for Mary's brother

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Picture coffin Field of Daffodils

Dave was always there for me, he was my only sibling and we were very close. His attitude was to live life to the full and he did so many wonderful things.

Together, we had been through his funeral wishes so I knew what he wanted for the service, although when it came down to the finishing touches for his coffin he said he would leave it to me. I must have changed it about 10 times before I was completely happy with it.

Mary Tomes

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Bespoke picture coffin

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Bespoke photo collage coffin Terry Arter

Dad took up painting when he retired and this picture was especially precious because he painted it for me as a birthday present after we had all been together on canal boat for a day during a lovely trip to France.

Alison Blythe

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Bespoke picture coffin

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Picture coffin Field of Daffodils

Our attitude to life was that you never knew what was going to happen, death wasn’t a taboo subject for us. Just a few days before we went away, Laura was listening to music on her phone. She asked if I remembered when she had sung the song at a music festival with her church youth group and won an award, and then she asked if I thought it was ‘too happy’ to have at a funeral.

Carol Main

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Picture coffin

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Picture coffin Field of Daffodils

The daffodil coffin was absolutely beautiful, I couldn't take my eyes off it in the church.

My mother in law's favourite colour was sky blue and her favourite flower was the daffodil.

She didn't choose it, we did, but I know she would have loved it.

Corinne Haywood

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Bespoke picture cardboard coffin

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Mum always loved to paint throughout her life, her little summerhouse at the bottom of the garden was a real joy for her, where she would sit in the sun and paint. She loved to do personal cards for all her friends and family, they gave her such pleasure and even when she was bedridden, it was something she could do.

I hadn’t realised the snowdrops and aconites painting was her favourite one until she told me, but mum described to me how she wanted a carboard picture coffin with her painting on it. It made such a difference, she wrote down her wishes and I really believe there is nothing people can do which is kinder for their family than telling them what they would like at their funeral.

When mum died, I collected the original painting off her wall and my daughter Gemma, who’s a graphic designer, took it to the Colourful Coffins office. I managed to get inside Gemma’s head with the design that mum had talked to me about and she sat down with them to talk about it.

Mum died on the Wednesday, and by the Friday afternoon Gemma was in the office with Mary Tomes at Colourful Coffins and they were emailing me photographs of what the coffin would look like. The result was amazing.

It was such a difficult day, but when the coffin arrived, it was absolutely perfect – exactly what she would have wanted. People came forward to say they were astonished by how beautiful it was and how it really captured the essence of her. Knowing we had fulfilled mum’s wishes made it a little easier for us and we were eternally grateful to Colourful Coffins for all the help they gave us, and especially Gemma when she visited.

Anne Barber

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Bespoke American casket

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It’s with great pleasure that we would like to say that the Bread and Wine American Casket we ordered for our Mother was absolutely stunning, it took our breath away and it was admired by everyone, we lost count of how many people came to us to comment on the amazing beauty of it. The colours were out of this world, certainly it was incredibly beautiful, words really cannot do it enough justice. As we followed the hearse, people stopped along the pavements and stared at the casket, literally with their mouths open. It was very satisfying and we were immensely proud. It was so gratifying to be behind the hearse watching them.

We added a couple of extra touches as our Mother was a religious lady. If our Mother could see the casket she would have been so honoured and incredibly proud of what Colourful Coffins designed for her. Our Mother deserved the best and Colourful Coffins definitely came up trumps. In the church I personally could not take my eyes off it, it was incredibly the most stunning casket I have ever seen.

May I say that your brochure does not do your caskets any justice, as we had only seen the design on a coffin. We took a massive gamble on ordering it but that gamble most certainly paid off. Seeing it for the first time was an incredibly emotional experience, it was truly amazing. It brought tears to my eyes and a great relief to finally see the finished casket in its glory. I cannot emphasise enough how proud we felt.

Thank you so very much in making our Mother’s funeral a memorable occasion and an unforgettable experience.

Respectfully yours.

Sotera Damianou

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Bespoke picture coffin

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My son Steven died tragically on 4th June 2014……until 3 weeks ago I had no idea that Colourful Coffins existed.

With the help of his partner and his best friend we “designed” his coffin. Black with images of his beloved Silver Skyline over and around it. We were absolutely amazed when we saw the finished coffin. It was stunning. Steven’s family and friends were also stunned when they saw the coffin at the service. Like me they did not know coffins could be made to look like that and they said “it was just so Steven” and that we could not have chosen anything better for him.

I no longer think of Steven lying in a coffin…..to me he will now always be in his car.

Thank you so much to all your staff (and for liasing with Colin from Ashtons) for creating such a stunning coffin. It helped to make one of the most difficult days of my life just a little more bearable.

Jean Murphy

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Bespoke picture coffin

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We would like to thank you for the bespoke Motor Bike coffin you created for our beloved Father and Pa as his Granddaughters called him. It was a very fitting tribute to him as he loved his Motor Bikes and when out and about he would always stop and chat to the owners. We had a Motor Cycle Hearse to compliment the coffin and you can imagine what a talking point; it looked absolutely amazing. As we were travelling along bystanders just stopped and looked.

It helped in a strange way to lift what was a very depressing day for us. Dad was certainly given a memorable send off which he thoroughly deserved.

Lynn and Family

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Cardboard coffin

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I just wanted to write to you to thank you for your efforts to ensure that my father got the white cardboard coffin that he had requested. Our family were really impressed with your company's service from our first enquiry phone call. We were very pleased that you took the time and had the courtesy to replace the first coffin without fuss or hesitation.

It is a difficult time for families but it is made easier by sympathetic and professional services like yours. We would have no hesitation in recommending your cardboard coffins to anyone - both my brother and I have decided that we also want them at our own funerals!

Becky Vipond

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Memorial picture

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Thanks for all your hard work over the last few days, it truly has been a pleasure to work with you, an experience I would be happy to recommend to other families and funeral directors. Once again on behalf of myself and Joseph's Mummy and Daddy, thank you for all your help and your professionalism over the past few days.

I know it has been a great comfort to them at this very difficult time.

Sean and Family

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Bespoke picture coffin

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Thank you so much for the wonderful job you and your team made of the coffin for my late husband. It was so special and so personal to us that it made a very sad day a lot lighter somehow, and I know Dave would have loved it.

Never have I seen people gather around a hearse and admire the coffin, and everyone there admired it.

Ann Waplington

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Bespoke picture coffin

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My family and I wish to send our sincere thanks to you all for the wonderful narrowboat coffin that you made for my Dad, he would have loved it. Following the hearse on Dad’s final journey was made so much more bearable and during the service we felt that Dad was truly at peace in his own special place, rather than a sombre and anonymous coffin.

I would also like to thank you for your patience and willingness to allow me to get the design just right.

Gill Reaney and Family

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Bespoke picture coffin

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We went to see my Mum at Walkers last night and just wanted to drop you a line to say how wonderful the coffin looked. She looked so restful in there, with her owls on the side guarding her. The coffin is everything we could have wished for and I know Mum would have loved it.

Kevin and the team have done a marvellous job, please pass on our thanks for helping to make a sad time more bearable.

Peter Higgs

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Cremated remains casket

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I just want to tell you how thrilled I am with Alex's casket. It is absolutely fantastic and I will recommend (having already started) your service to everyone. It seems far more fitting to have something personal and individual than a plain brown box, especially when the person it is for, was vibrant and fun-loving. Many many thanks.

Liz Tyson

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Bespoke picture coffin

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Just a quick note to say thanks for the efforts of your team in design, construction and delivery of Mason's coffin. Everybody loved the finished article. My business often involves the design of bespoke joinery and the results are never as well presented or rapidly produced as your products so I take my hat off to you all.

Ben Connell

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Bespoke picture coffin

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On behalf of the family I would like to thank you, Scott and your team for the fabulous coffin which you made for our son Steve. He was a very creative person and we know he would have been absolutely in awe of what you created. There were lots of very admiring things said about it on the day by those attending, for whom it was, like us, the first time we had seen such a wonderful departure from ‘the norm’.

Robert and Mary Bailie

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Bespoke picture coffin

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The coffin you designed for our Jessica was beautiful and it brightened up the day. It would have been exactly what Jessica would have chosen. So many people commented on how great the coffin looked and how unusual it was. Debbie, our funeral director, also told us you sent a ‘journey bear’ to be given to Jessica, which I thought was a lovely touch.

Mark Howarth

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Cremated remains casket

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The family were absolutely thrilled with the wonderful job you did on the casket and asked me to pass on their best wishes. All of us at Paul Bysouth also thought that the end product was superb and would certainly encourage other bereaved families to think of you when deciding on a casket.

Carol Tipler, Paul Bysouth Funeral Services

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Bespoke coffin and cremated remains casket

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The coffin and ashes box was absolutely the best. We feel so much better being able to send my father on his way with this colourful design. It kind of made it easier, and made us all feel that we had indeed celebrated the life of a wonderful person.

The Wilson family

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Bespoke picture coffin

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You recently produced a coffin for my aunt Polly Hope – a white and blue painted tile design. I saw it for the first time today and thought it looked absolutely beautiful, thank you so much for creating this for us! I think Polly would have loved it hugely.

Thanks again.

Jo

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Cremated remains casket

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Thank you for the beautiful ashes casket you recently supplied for a family. It had a snooker design with which the family and ourselves were extremely pleased and impressed. The design was excellent and the finish of the highest quality. It has made the family very, very happy.

Paul Armstrong, Funeral Director, Thompsons Funeral Service.

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Bespoke picture coffin

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I wanted to thank you very much for assisting in the design of the ‘Bell’s Whisky’ coffin. It was superbly done and of excellent quality. The whole congregation laughed as we entered the Chapel, which is exactly the reaction the family hoped for.

Lorraine Scott, Funeral Director, F Stephenson & Son.

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Bespoke picture coffin

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Thank you for all your help. I spoke to the family and they said how pleased they were with everything including the coffin. Even the minister commented on the lovely colour. It was just what they wanted.

John Knowles, Ernest Cocks & Sons

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Bespoke picture coffin

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A big thank you for all of your patience and understanding whilst designing my Dad’s coffin. Everybody at the funeral said it was amazing and exactly what Dad would have wanted.

Norman Beldom

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Bespoke picture coffin

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We thought the coffin looked lovely and it received lots of comments, and a few look son the drive to the crematorium, which my aunt would have loved.

Samantha Robinson

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Bespoke picture coffin

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The coffin was a huge hit. Your work was a significant tribute to our son Daniel, there was sadness and there were tears; but also a great deal of joy.

Dave and Una Lawrence

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Bespoke picture coffin

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The coffin looked superb, everyone local was looking at it and the family told me that the conversation at the reception was about the coffin.

Maureen, Barnes and Sons

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Bespoke picture coffin

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Many thanks for your hard work getting the coffin ready for today. The children of Nicky were thrilled and it looks lovely.

Jill, Lodge Brothers

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Bespoke picture coffin

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Your coffins are very unique and certainly add colour and raise a smile to an otherwise sombre occasion.

John Brimlow

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