Coffin Club Surrey - The Brigitte Trust

Coffin Club Surrey

What is Coffin Club?

Coffin Club is a free 8-week course, meeting one day a week for a one hour talk from an invited speaker with Q&A and discussion, followed by refreshments and an optional coffin decorating workshop.

Why Attend a Coffin Club?

Coffin Club is a place to come and learn about the different options available to you to help you plan your own end-of-life celebration, whatever stage of life you are at.

You will have an opportunity to hear from independent funeral directors, to end-of-life doulas and everything in between.

We will dispel some of the myths and misconceptions associated with funerals, for example, did you know that you do not need to employ the services of a funeral director or hold your funeral at a crematorium chapel? You don’t even have to have a coffin if you don’t want one!

By the end of the 8-week course, you will have all the information you need to plan an ending that is personal and more meaningful to you and your loved ones. A celebration of life that is unique to you!

Decorate Your Own Coffin

In addition to educating participants about their funeral options, there is also the opportunity, for those who wish, to buy and decorate their own eco-friendly cardboard coffin. The cost of purchasing a coffin is £150. Coffins need to be purchased in advance and taken away at the end of the course.

Unable to attend all sessions? If you are unable to or do not wish to attend every session there is the option to book on to individual sessions. To check availability and book one or more sessions please visit our Event Listing Page.

Coffin Club Dates

Clandon, Surrey
Mon, 5 June 2023, 10.00 – 12.30 pm for 8 weeks

NB: pre-booking is essential.

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Course Programme

Week 1 (5 June 2023)
The Founding of Coffin Club UK
Speaker: Kate Tym, Coffin Club UK

Week 2 (12 June 2023)
Traditional Funeral Services
Speaker: Rev. Chris Hancock, Parish of Headley with Box Hill

Week 3 (19 June 2023)
What is a Humanist Funeral
Speaker: Zena Birch, Humanist Celebrant

Week 4 (26 June 2023)
Legal Planning
Speaker: Mandy Humphreys, Morr & Co

Week 5 (3 July 2023)
What is a Soul Midwife?
Speaker: Krista Hughes, Soul Midwife

Week 6 (10 July 2023)
What Happens at a Crematorium?
Speaker: Natasha Bradshaw, Mortlake Crematorium

Week 7 (17 July 2023)
Plan a Funeral that is Personal and Meaningful to You
Speaker: Judith Dandy, Dandelion Farewells

Week 8 (17 July 2023)
What is a Natural Burial?
Speaker: Simon Ferrar, Clandon Wood

Further Information

For more information please read our most Frequently Asked Questions about Coffin Club.

If you have any further questions or would prefer to book a place by phone please contact Sarah Pattenden on 07469 932192 or email

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