A Tisket a Tasket, I Lay Down in a Casket

I wonder sometimes if there’s any leeway with that whole open casket thing.  Could you ask for IMG_6391crossed arms like an Egyptian mummy?  Or one hand raised in a peace symbol?IMG_6393







How about your head cocked to one side with a wink?  You can’t have a static wink, so a tiny motor the size of a hearing aid could be embedded behind your ear and a wire would tunnel under the skin and cause one eye to wink – randomly – to maximally freak everyone out.

Or what about showing the feet.  Bare feet.  Pink painted piggies poking out from white satin.  Maybe a toe ring on the pinky.

Dearly Beloved, I wish to be displayed sitting at the bench of a nine foot Steinway grand, IMG_5757eyes closed, a smile on my face, fingers splayed in the double-staffed final page of Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C sharp minor.

Then burn me and turn my ashes into a three carat orange diamond that my descendants will be burdened with until I’m erroneously donated to a thrift shop.         A fitting end.        IMG_6412






Musical Moment


Mike Zoff.


Mike explains his process.

Special thanks to Mike Zoff of Affordable Coffins (595 North Snelling Ave, St Paul, 55104; 651 208-6902.  Mike is a charming, gentle man who builds affordable, classic coffins right in his shop.  He works with a large variety of clients, tailoring each coffin to specific cultural and aesthetic preferences, all at a fraction of the cost of a typical casket.


Mike’s shop is conveniently located next to a tattoo and piercing parlor.


This picture freaks me out a little.


Mike says folks order up this coffin for use as a coffee table!


I dragged my second-most-superstitious friend, Christina, along on the coffin shop fieldtrip.



For eco-friendly burial, Mike offers this green burial trundle of unfinished wood and rope.



Customers often request these classic wooden boxes for their beloved pets.



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4 Responses to A Tisket a Tasket, I Lay Down in a Casket

  1. Looking for a coffin coffee table! N I found you! :-)

    • anne says:

      Elizabeth – too funny! Mike’s shop has either moved or closed. I just tried his phone and left a message that someone might call about a coffin coffee table. His prices and products are fabulous. See blog post for his phone #. Thanks for leaving a message! Anne

  2. Andrea says:

    Yes, there is leeway. My grandmother (I think? Might have been a great aunt…I was young lol) was viewed and eventually buried holding a pink stuffed pig in the crook of one arm and a fork in her hand.

    • anne says:

      I love it! Ironically, my grandma, who was actually my great aunt, died with a pink stuffed pig (that I had given her) in the crook of one arm. Your grandma/great aunt sounds like she had a great sense of humor.

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