Coffin Covers2020-11-24T15:23:26+00:00
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At the forefront of innovation in England with coffin covers

Our Coffin Cover for Bradford Funerals: Environmentally Friendly Cremations and Burials

Nowadays, it is possible to minimise the carbon footprint and cost of a funeral, without compromising on aesthetics as far as the appearance of the coffin is concerned. Available for funerals held in Bradford and across the United Kingdom, our patented coffin cover consists of a beautiful external shell manufactured from high-quality oak veneer panels, designed to conceal a more environmentally friendly inner casket when used for traditional funeral services.

If you would like to give a close relative the dignified send off they deserve, at the same time as minimising wastage from the burning or burying of expensive materials, our external coffin cover provides you with the perfect solution. The internal coffin that it conceals can be made of tough cardboard or an eco-friendly composite material, strong enough to perform the function of a conventional wooden casket.

Spending large amounts of money on an extravagant coffin may sometimes seem at odds with the personality and wishes of a deceased individual. For an environmentally-friendly solution, a cardboard coffin can serve as a possible replacement. We supply our own cardboard coffins, made from corrugated board and an internal lining that fulfils all practical requirements for either a traditional funeral or a simple eco-burial. Recycled materials make up 25% of the base and 75% of the pillow.

How Do Our Coffin Cover Work?

The outer cover, made from oak veneer panels that are polished to a high gloss finish, does not actually contain the body of the deceased: it is the simple internal casket that serves this important purpose. For a cremation, the internal casket is removed and placed in the furnace following the service, the external cover is then reused. For burials, the internal casket is removed after the service and before the coffin is lowered into the ground, which means those who are invited to attend the interment will see the internal casket. However, precise arrangements may vary from one service to the next so if there is something in particular you wish to discuss, please do not hesitate to call or email us at any time

The internal coffins we use are constructed from Toughwall – export strength double thickness corrugated cardboard – and feature all extra internal lining to reinforce the bases. As such, they are eminently suitable for all types of funerals and, when used in conjunction with our patented coffin covers, will enable you to hold a respectable service that is environmentally friendly too. Our internal caskets are also available on their own, for woodland and other alternative funeral services in the UK, and can be painted if desired. For further details, please contact us.

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.

Why Choose Us for Your Casket Cover?

At Joseph A Hey & Son Ltd, we’ve been arranging bespoke and dignified funerals for residents across Bradford and all surrounding bd post code areas since 1908, and we still remain an independent, family run business that maintains strong ties with the local community. We want to make sure that everybody in our local area can get the send off they deserve regardless of their budget, which is why we’re always thinking of new ways to go the extra mile for our clients.

With a casket cover from one of Bradford’s longest service funeral directors, you can have a dignified send off while securing peace of mind that you ar helping the environment. We can paint your coffin cover to suit your stylistic preferences. We can handle every aspect of your funeral, so if you want to learn more about our casket covers as well as our range of comprehensive funeral services, do not hesitate to get in touch for the very best priced funerals.


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.

“Very caring and thoughtful throughout all our communications, Even catered for our elderly family and friends at the graveside. Thank you.”

Janet Dearne, Bradford

“From the first phone call on the day my dad died we we treated with grace and respect. The details were explained to us when Mr Stott came to make all the arrangements with us. We were advised of the options for the service we were not persuaded to do anything ina certain way and the decisions were left to us.”

Jackie Fearnsides, Shipley

“The kindness and compassion shown to us in are time of grief was outstanding. We would recommend using Joseph A. Hey & Son Ltd. to anyone in their time of need.”

Suzan Priestley, Bingley

“Couldn’t have asked for a better service, very friendly, caring and helpful, made you feel at ease all the time. Will recommend to others. Rev. Ian Slater made us feel like he actually knew Brenda, and Edward felt more like a friend than Funeral Director.”

Brian Taylor, Bradford

“It has been 17 years since we have used Joseph heys. I am so glad we decided to use them again we had to do nothing, they dealt with everything. A tradtional family run funeral directors whom give personal qualities from start to finish. Highly recommended and special thanks to Edward Stott.”

Kala Smith, Bradford

“An efficient and compassionate organisation that allowed us to give my friend, Val a dignified yet celebratory final journey.”

Beverley Howard, Bradford

“As fantastic as ever. You have done most of the family over the years and standards have never slipped. The attention to detail was second to none. Thank you to everyone at Heys.”

Immelda Waterhouse, Bradford

“Words can’t explain what a good service use did for my dad john mccrickard my thanks goes to philip for all the help he done for us thanks again.”

Louise McCrickard, Bradford