Welcome to the Coffin Club Hastings
Photo Credit: Peter Mould
Coffin Club Hastings was the first club to set up in the UK, in 2017. Since that time, it has gone from strength-to-strength with its membership increasing and a growing, separate social group of ex-clubbers also thriving.
Coffin Club Hastings runs in six-week blocks. It is a safe space to come and learn about all the choices available to you for your end-of-life celebration. Each week there is a different invited speaker – from independent funeral directors, to end-of-life doulas and everything in between – and our clubbers work their way through their funeral wish-list, until they’ve planned, and costed, the send-off that is just perfect for them!
In addition to being an educational platform there is also the opportunity, for those who wish to, to decorate their own coffin.
And, once you’ve completed the course, you then have the option of joining our other past clubbers for a one-a-month cuppa and catch up!
Coffin Club is a safe space to talk about death and plan your perfect send-off. It’s a place to come and learn about all the options available to you for your end-of-life celebration so that you are not simply channelled into having 20 minutes up the crem because you don’t know there are any other choices available to you. It is also somewhere to address funeral poverty but clearly examining the costs behind the funeral industry.
“Coffin Club really was beyond all my expectations. We all bonded and helped each other. I thought that I would be on my own struggling but no way we are a group on the same journey and making it a fun experience.”JD, Coffin Clubber, March 2019
“I learned loads and decided loads just on our first meet. A great group thank you for having me.”B Lacey, Coffin Clubber, March 2019
Coffin Club Hastings was set up by Kate Tym and Kate Dyer and provided the original template from which all the other Coffin Clubs around the UK have grown.
The Trustees of this charity are Kate Tym, Kate Dyer, Larne Feeney-Miles and Claire Power. Kate Tym and Kate Dyer are Independent Celebrants (www.kateandkatecelebrants.co.uk) Larne Feeney-Miles is studying for an MA in Death, Religion and Culture and Claire Power is the family-led funeral poster-girl having gone through the process with her husband in 2017.
When and Where?
Wednesday morning for six weeks 10.30am-1.30pm
10.30-11.30am Invited speakers, wish-list planning
11.30am-12pm Tea break
12-1.30pm Coffin decorating
Wednesday 12th June – 17th July 2019
Wednesday 11th September – 16th October 2019
See Spray Gallery, 153-154 Queens Road, Hastings, TN34 1RN
How much does it cost?
If, however, you want to decorate your coffin, the cost is £30 for the course and then an additional £220 to cover the cost of your coffin. So, a total cost of £250. This will get you a fabulous Dutch, flat-packed coffin which is suitable for burial or cremation. We’ll show you how to make it (which is dead easy – excuse the pun!) and tell you what you can decorate it with, too.
“My experience with the Coffin Club has proven to be extremely valuable in terms of finding out more about planning my DIY funeral. It was also a lovely bonding experience with others in my community. The amount of love and support I continue to receive from the organisers and fellow members means so much to me during this difficult journey.”Babs, Coffin Clubber, Sept 2017
Coffin Club Hastings
See Spray Gallery
153-154 Queens Road,
Hastings, TN34 1RN
Our coffins are AMAZING flat-packed ply coffins from a Dutch company (www.coffininabox.com). You put them together with an allen key, decorate them and then, if you want to store them flat, take them apart again. They can hold up to 18 stone in weight and 6’4” in height.
If you are on the larger side you can source you a well-made traditional shaped cardboard coffin (earthtoheaven.co.uk). These coffins are supplied with water-proof lining and a wooden base suitable for cremation. Our standard cardboard coffins will support a person of up 23 Stone and up to 6’ 4” in height.
At the end of the course our coffins can dismantle to be flat-packed again for storage.
Obviously, it’s important they are stored in a dry space. However, if you have a damp garage or shed, you could make sure they are well wrapped in plastic.
Unfortunately, we are unable to take responsibility for the storage of finished coffins. We also recommend you don’t do the coffin decorating bit of Coffin Club if you have no idea how long in the future your coffin may be needed, as, although our coffins meet current standards for both burial and cremation, we cannot guarantee they will meet standards set in, say, 20 years’ time.
The price of your coffin includes a pot of primer and a roller and brushes for the initial sealing of your coffin. The rest of the art materials you need to use you provide yourself.
With Thanks to our Supporters
Coffin Club Hastings is grateful for funding from:
The Isabel Blackman Foundation
Building Stronger Communities
Chalk Cliff Trust
Coffin Club Hastings is grateful to The Bathing Hut Cafe, St Leonards for kindly donating a tea urn.
Albany Funerals for their generous donations for on-going costs.
The Institute for Professional Celebrants for their generous sponsorship of a table.
Hastings Building Services for their kind donation of decorating materials.