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What is it?
How it works?
What is the Cost?

At the forefront of innovation in England with coffin covers

Choose a coffin cover for an environmentally friendly funeral

Available for funerals in Bradford and across the United Kingdom, our patented coffin cover is effectively an external protective shell that provides a dignified means of transport for a separate internal coffin. This handmade veneered casket, shaped to provide a distinctive traditional appearance, will lend dignity to any funeral. The simple internal coffin is made of an environmentally friendly material such as cardboard or recycled composite material. The external coffin cover is made of veneered oak panels in a natural colour and polished to a smooth gloss finish, with various colours available at request. It is this internal coffin that is removed from the outer coffin cover and cremated following the funeral service at the crematorium.

It is important to understand that the coffin cover does not directly contain the body of the deceased and is simply an outer “shell” or “cover” for a simple internal coffin. There is only a charge for the simple internal coffin, as the coffin cover is reused.

How does it work?

As a practical solution to cremating high quality and expensive materials, the internal coffin will be removed from the external coffin cover and cremated instead. For burial in the cemetery, the internal coffin can be removed from the coffin cover before the coffin is placed in the grave; under such circumstances the internal coffin will be visible to relatives and friends who attend the interment. This arrangement will vary and should be discussed fully with the funeral director at the time of making the arrangements.

The internal cardboard coffin is made from extra thick “Toughwall” double thickness corrugated board with an additional internal lining for support along the base to provide all the practical requirements needed from a coffin. Each coffin is provided with three die-cut handles on each side and one at each end. Internal cardboard coffins can be sold separately for woodland, green or alternative funerals where individual requests may include a painted coffin. The coffin cover provides flexibility and an environmentally friendly burial.

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What does it cost?

For the outer cover, there is no charge, as these items belong to the funeral director and will be used again. The only items that a family must purchase are the:

  • elasticated frill
  • pillow support
  • the simple internal coffin
  • two plaques for identification purposes
  • waterproof lining

The cost for these items and a proportion of the funeral director’s overheads will be charged accordingly. Joseph A Hey & Son can also provide a gown or robe at an additional cost.


The Code of Cremation Practice set out by the Federation of British Cremation Authorities is very strict and requires that “… the coffin and its contents shall be put into the cremator exactly as they have been received on the catafalque”. (The catafalque is the platform on which the coffin lies at the front of the chapel.)

The external Coffin Cover is a shell that surrounds the actual coffin that carries the deceased. The Coffin Cover can be removed in much the same way as a flag that may cover a coffin at the funeral.

“If a coffin is encased, the cover and the coffin must bear adequate identity of the deceased person … When a re-usable coffin cover is used to encase a coffin, a signed authority must be given by the Applicant (executor or next of kin) for the cremation authorising its use and consenting to its subsequent removal from the Crematorium.”

Almost every aspect has been thought of before – the internal coffin, the open casket, the biodegradable coffin, the outer cover – but this is the first time everything has been brought together in one unique and dignified arrangement.

A The Coffin Cover is a unique concept with all the designs registered with Patents pending. Contact Joseph A. Hey & Son Ltd, 470 Great Horton Road, Bradford BD7 3HR Tel 01274 571021. If you feel that the Coffin Coverarrangement is the right option for you or your family, contact your local funeral director and ask them if they can provide the service.

The internal coffin is available separately and can be purchased from an authorised Funeral Director or from Joseph A. Hey & Son directly by post – Tel 01274 571021.

Please note: in the interests of public safety orders will only be accepted if payment is received in full by credit/debit card and a verifiable fixed line telephone number is received.

Presently, two sizes of internal coffin are available:

6’2” in length, 22” wide and 13″ deep, or

6’2” in length, 20” wide and 12″ deep.

For a person who may be larger than the sizes shown, the family would need to purchase a traditional coffin of the appropriate size.

Do you still have questions about the coffin cover for funeral services in England? Contact our staff today for more information.

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