‘Happy coffins’ unveiled to challenge taboos

2010-09-28 11:13

A Singapore charity today unveiled three colourful coffins designed by hospice residents as part of its campaign to challenge taboos surrounding dying and death.

The Lien Foundation said it initiated the “happy coffins” project to transform the coffin from a symbol of fear, dread and grief into a life-affirming expression of art.

“I am not afraid to talk about my eventual departure,” said Elsie Chua, one of the hospice residents who teamed with Singapore artists to design her personalised coffin.

“It is very meaningful to be able to shape the design of my coffin and see it before I die,” she said.

The initiative, which encourages more people to have a say in the design of their coffin, is part of the foundation’s Life before Death campaign, which highlights the need for better care for the dying.

“We have designer clothes and chocolates, so why not designer coffins that better reflect our unique lives, personalities and dreams,” said the foundation’s chief executive Lee Poh Wah.

“The individual life story behind each personalized coffin will be a poignant talking point at funerals,” he said.

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