The coffins we have in Penang are made in Sungai Petani Kedah
Coffins meant for burial are more expensive than coffins meant for creamation because burial needs harder woods
Prices of coffins range from RM1K + to RM10K to as high as you fancy
There are still older generations who specially order the Chinese type of coffin which have curves and are carved from a whole piece of timber. There are two such models in the shop, pre-ordered and paid.
Christians use white coffins with silver linings
Other faiths like Buddhist and Taoist prefer wood coloured type of coffins with gold handles
You can order and pay for your coffin and other funeral expenses in advance. There is one lady who trusted the undertaker more than her own son because she knows he will not splurge her money for a grand send-off. So, she had ordered everything and paid in advance
They use dry ice to line the coffin and it should last for five days. My son whom had watched too many CSI and documentaries told me about the exploding corpses because he said dried ice can emit dunno what gas which can cause explosion.
Things they line a Taoist coffins – Some orange money meant to be given to the underworld, lots of paper money, the person’s clothes, coins and rice. The orange money are contributions from the deceased extended families. You would think it is just simple thing but apparently, the people are so kiasu. They tried to up each other in giving those moneys in piles of 50s or 100s. *roll eyes* My atm decided on 100 for his siblings and his contributions. It costs RM150, which is to be equally shared by his 6 other siblings. *makes mental note to collect RM20 from each*
When the coffin is moved from the van down to the home and when the top of the coffin is being nailed, they will ask people to get out of the way. It is extremely suey to see it, so they say. You may be the next one to end up in the coffin.
And sons, if you are reading this – Next time, get them to spray paint those white ones to pink. Then, remember to put my URL on the sides. I also want archangels on the outside. Remember, it is archangel and not gargoyles! 🙂
P/S : Today, I reached the shop first and immediately like one. Meanwhile, the deceased son who is supposed to go to pick the coffin, must first burnt a joss-stick and tell the deceased to guide him in selecting. You know what? When the son came, he also picked the one that I had my eyes on. Hmm…
Before we left the shop, Ah Chuan gave me an angpow for good luck. It is to clear whatever bad luck lingering in his shop.
Laugh lah! This is just a humor post filled with lots of facts.