Coffin for Grandniece.

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Project by jm82435 posted 11-02-2009 09:33 PM 4940 views 5 times favorited 61 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t posted any projects lately. Hopefully it won’t take something this drastic to get me back into the shop next time. Another posting on funerary items prompted me to post this. The passing of loved ones is always hard. We have a family tradition of building our own coffins / caskets. I think there is solace and healing to be found preparing this last gift. As we are working we contemplate and reflect on the life of the loved one. This isn’t so much about woodworking as collaborating and “pulling together” (our family motto). The guys get together to do the woodworking and hardware, the ladies get together to do the interiors. Raquelle was born with some pretty significant physical handicaps and had to struggle everyday of her three years. I am convinced she is in a better place and free of all the frustrations of her frail body. I hope that you will consider this gift of love. Give everyone in your family a hug today.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#1 posted 11-02-2009 09:38 PM

What a beautiful gift shared with your family during such a difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.
I will be hugging my three children as soon as I get home.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 11-02-2009 09:41 PM

A beautiful tribute for the family to undertake and to contuinue. My prayers go out to the family.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 11-02-2009 09:43 PM

God Bless you and your family.

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#4 posted 11-02-2009 09:48 PM

What beautiful workmanship. I am so sorry it had to be applied this way. My prayers are with your family…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#5 posted 11-02-2009 09:48 PM

Beautiful work more families need to do this. The love that went into making it is extraordinary

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#6 posted 11-02-2009 09:48 PM

so sorry for your loss ,
my prayers to you and the rest of the families .

this is a great way to remember/celebrate her life and memory .

thank you for sharing this with us .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 11-02-2009 09:58 PM

Losing a loved one is always difficult, I can only imagine it is more difficult when the loved one is so young…
Prayers are with you in this difficult times…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#8 posted 11-02-2009 10:17 PM

I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. It is an amazing tradition your family has and such a beautiful way of celebrating her life. Your workmanship is amazing. Sorry it had to be used in this way, but God has blessed you with amazing talent.

-- Tony, Pliny,WV "Never do a wrong thing to make a friend or keep one."- Robert E. Lee

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#9 posted 11-02-2009 10:21 PM

God bless you and your family. I am convinced you are correct – she is in a much better place now. What a wonderful family tradition…the final project.

-- WayneD

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#10 posted 11-02-2009 10:25 PM

I’m so sorry for you loss.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 11-02-2009 10:49 PM

I am sorry for your loss. It is great that you have such a close and strong family.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#12 posted 11-02-2009 11:05 PM

My (young) neighbors are going through this same thing, right now, having lost their little boy at age 2mos.

As the old cliche goes, you should never have to bury your kids.

I’m so sorry for your family’s loss, and so glad that you were able to build something so meaningful during such a dark time.

If I had to do what y’all did … I’d have ruined the wood from the salt of my tears.

May you all get through this … with relative ease, and may only the joyful memories remain in your hearts.

-- -- Neil

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#13 posted 11-02-2009 11:16 PM

May God be with you and your family during your time of need.
What a beautiful tribute and final resting place for your niece. You and your family are to be commended.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#14 posted 11-02-2009 11:23 PM

You have a beautiful project. I’m sorry for your families loss. I don’t know if I could hold everything together to complete a project like yours. God Bless you and your family.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#15 posted 11-02-2009 11:25 PM

You have a beautiful project. I’m sorry for your families loss. I don’t know if I could hold everything together to complete a project like yours. God Bless you and your family.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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