Woven Farewell Devon
Sophia began working with willow as part of her bereavement support in 2012. Six years on, in combination with another bereavement and a "life's too fleeting not to do what we love!" epiphany, Woven Farewell Coffins was born. Making coffins perfectly combines Sophia's passion for willow, ecological practices and supporting the growing movement of family-centric funerals.
Woven Farewell East Midlands
Abi started work in the funeral sector at 21 when she became a grave digger working at a natural burial ground, also helping to manage the site. She finds that both coffin weaving and gravedigging are long, mindful processes - and enjoys bringing this attentiveness to death work.
It's been a special experience to be part of greening of funeral practices in the UK and understanding societies and her own relationship with death.
Willow coffins are one of the most environmentally sound types, as the materials only take a year to grow and are fully compostable. Each willow coppice stand can last for up to 60 years.
The coffins are double lined with biodegradable plastic and unbleached cotton, and organic hemp rope is used for the handles. Some of our willow is sourced from a family firm in Somerset and some is grown locally in Dorset. The sturdy base slats are made from locally grown and milled timber. Because there are no resins or plastics involved in production, the coffins do not release harmful gases into the atmosphere during cremation, or leach into the ground on being buried.
We are one of the only coffin producers in the country to donate part of our profits to charity. 5% of the proceeds from your willow coffin will go to The Woodland Trust, the UK's leading woodland conservation charity. This gift towards a life-sustaining organisation is symbolic of the life-death-life cycle, an essential pillar of our philosophy in crafting coffins.