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Families often like to share their 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 and we will feature your story or testimonial.


Family photos at the heart of Terry’s funeral

When Terry Arter passed away, his widow Alex chose a montage of family photographs to celebrate his life. Colourful Coffins was able to scan in a selection of pictures and created a very special design. Alex described the finished picture coffin as “wonderful” and said nothing had been too much trouble for the design team.

To read Alex’s full story, click here.


Happy holiday memories

One of Norman Blythe’s own paintings was chosen by his widow Jean and daughter Alison as the very special design for his bespoke picture coffin. It brought back wonderful memories of a family holiday together in France and at the crematorium service Alison said the comments from everyone attending helped to make it a very personal farewell.

To read the family’s story, click here.


Saying goodbye to a daredevil

As a world champion skydiver, Dave Parchment had a reputation for living life to the full, so when he died, his family was determined to give him a unique send-off. As founder of Colourful Coffins, his younger sister Mary knew exactly what she wanted and designed a picture coffin featuring photographs from many of his daredevil exploits and fundraising events.

To find out more, click here.


Celebrating a life in Africa and Scotland

Jean Dewar spent well over 50 years living in Africa but she never lost her Scottish roots. In celebration of both countries, her sons chose a personalised cremated remains casket featuring a favourite family photograph, together with four silhouetted elephants and a trio of thistles tied with a ribbon in the Dewar family tartan.

To read more about their story, click here.


Picture perfect goodbye

Great grandmother Pamela Barton had a lifelong passion for art and, before she passed away she talked to her family about the type of funeral she wanted. She described how she would like her favourite painting of snowdrops and aconites to be reflected in the design of her coffin and her daughter and grand-daughter worked closely with Colourful Coffins to make her final wishes come true.

To find out more, click here.


Donna’s farewell to her mother

A Memory Bear helped a young lady with learning difficulties to say farewell to her much-loved mother. The Rev George Callander, (see our Grief Support page) was asked to conduct the funeral service and asked if Colourful Coffins could donate a Memory Bear so Donna, who lives in a care home, would have somewhere to keep special keepsakes and photographs.

To read more, click here.





A musical farewell for Laura

Twenty-one-year-old Laura Main was on holiday with her mother Carol when she died unexpectedly as a result of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome. Carol wanted to celebrate Laura’s life and “lively personality” and asked Colourful Coffins to reproduce the words and music of a favourite song onto a picture coffin.

You can read more about her story, click here.