A couple of folks sent me this link to an article in yesterday's New York Times about home burials--the "intimate alternative" to going the funeral home route. I was particularly interested in the woodworking of Chuck Lakin, who crafts coffins here in Maine that are utilitarian in more ways than one. I especially like his bookshelf coffin, although his coffee table and entertainment center creations are nice too. Chuck also has lots of information on his website "Last Things" about the "how to" aspect of home funerals, with links to other resources. Enjoy!
Image Source: Colby College Bookcase Coffin