Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Coffins for Rent
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Rent fancy coffin for funeral then afterward, switch coffin liner and body to less expensive coffin or prepare for cremation.
Kemper, Nov 29 2000

Funerals: A Consumer Guide http://www.pueblo.g...funeral/funeral.htm
"Many families that opt to have their loved ones cremated rent a casket from the funal home for the visitation and funeral, eliminating the cost of buying a casket." [jutta, Nov 29 2000]

Jessica Mitford: The American Way of Death, revisited. http://www.amazon.c...os/ASIN/0679771867/
Guess it's time to plug this book again... If you've got a morbid side at all and care about the US funeral industry, this is a wonderful book to become obsessed with. [jutta, Nov 29 2000, last modified Nov 21 2004]

Funeral Consumers Alliance http://www.funerals.org/
A good first step towards a reasonable funeral is to get in touch with a funeral/memorial society. [jutta, Nov 29 2000]

Self-explanatory idea names. http://www.halfbake..._20names#1007705885
Something this idea is NOT. [StarChaser, Dec 08 2001, last modified Oct 17 2004]


       This is already offered by some funeral homes. (Google-search for "rental casket".)   

       They'll try to talk you out of it, charge you prices that make your head swim, and try to charge you extra for the cheap box used for the cremation, but it'll still be a slightly better deal - and you'll annoy a member of an industry that makes record company executives look like saints.
jutta, Nov 29 2000

       PeterSealy: That seems like the logical approach to me, especially since [1] many states have laws forbidding reuse of caskets, but a reusable shell shouldn't fall afoul of that; [2] it eliminates any handling of the corpse after the funeral.
supercat, Nov 29 2000

       "Casket Warm-ups" Flashy, tacky, sequined, velcro-fastened slip-on/off covers to mask your pine box! Guaranteed to make the priest frown and the deceased feel jilted! Fun for the whole family!
absterge, Nov 29 2000

       As my mother is fond of saying: "It isn't the cough that carries you off -- it's the coffin the carry you off in." You'll note that this says nothing about what you get buried in, so I take it as an endorsement of the idea of rentable coffins.
jhoffa, Nov 29 2000

       I'd go with the PeterSealy's outer shell concept. Rental caskets are available, but they aren't much cheaper than buying one, for several reasons having mainly to do with various state and federal regs. I know a funeral director and he says they don't make much money on rentals, despite the charges. A casket that may cost $1,000 can only be rented out a few times before wear and tear render it useless. As for Jessica Mitford, don't believe everything you read - just avoid the funeral homes owned by huge corporations like SCI and Stewart. Go local and you stand a better chance of getting a fair deal. I have to wonder why Jutta's so bitter, though. For an unusual take on caskets, visit artcaskets.com/
Jadu, Dec 04 2000

       Well, It i true that many funeral homes don't make a large profit on rental caskets. I do not agree, however, with a post saying the caskets wear out. After a casket is rented out, it is against the law to use it again for anypurpose untill the interior has been changed. The funeral director has to send the casket back to the manufacturer and have the whole interior replaced.
embalmer101, Dec 04 2001

       tough - are they frightened you will catch something?
po, Dec 04 2001

       Yeah, the next user will catch their death...   

       Someone is selling a used steel casket on Ebay, with no interior.
StarChaser, Dec 07 2001

       Just prop me in the corner and keep collecting the pension.
DrBob, Dec 07 2001

       I'd like to be fed to tigers...
StarChaser, Dec 08 2001

       that can be arranged not yet though eh.
po, Dec 08 2001

       <grins and meeps po's nose> I meant AFTER I was dead, not to become so...
StarChaser, Dec 08 2001

       Why cant some of the larger Hardware stores sell "Do It Yourself" Coffin kits.
Pretoria, Jan 10 2002

       Well I think RENT A CORPSE would be a LOT better idea.... Lets say Gramma isn't looking too good for her viewing...no problem... we simply rent you one of our "Corpus Delecibles" for her.... Just imagine how proud you will be when everyone files past and says how wonderful Gramma looks.   

Ala, Jan 14 2002

       Corpus Delectables, Ala, Corpus Delectables.
thumbwax, Jan 14 2002

       Just chuck me on the compost heap.
hippo, Jan 14 2002

       They don't do this anyway? If not, it seems so obvious that I thought they did. But yes...good idea. Coffins can be a waste of perfectly good wood. I want to be fired into the sun when I go.
Zifeer, Jan 14 2002

       I want to be stuffed and mounted, preferably in a dynamic catalogue-model pose, perhaps checking the time on my wristwatch, with a jacket slung casually over my shoulder, as if waiting for a bus as late as myself.
Guy Fox, Jan 14 2002

       Symbolically, your wristwatch will show the time of death.
hippo, Jan 14 2002

       Oy Vay Thumbwax! Thanks!
Ala, Jan 19 2002

       let's not forget the circle of life,..just grill me,a little butter & lemon,put an apple in my mouth,(wife would love that),and as I am being prepared, invite everyone I ever knew to the party so they can all fulfill my dying wish,......TO BITE ME!
Iam1darksoul, May 02 2003


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