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Woollen Coffins – Sales Up 7 fold!

WOOLLEN COFFINS – sales up 700%

Woollen CoffinA leading British textile manufacturer has seen a 700 per cent increase in the sales of its woollen coffins.

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Around 120 Natural Legacy woollen coffins, manufactured by Yorkshire-based Hainsworth, are being sold each month compared to just 15 a month the same time last year. The company is forecasting that demand – both within the UK and internationally – will see sales increase further still to around 200 a month by the end of 2013.  If you are arranging a prepaid funeral plan, why not ask for a woollen coffin?

Hainsworth, a seventh generation family business dating back 229 years, only started manufacturing its woollen coffins in 2009 after a work experience student stumbled across the 1668 Burial in Woollen Act which decreed that people had to be buried in a woollen shroud.

Rachel Hainsworth, Quality Director for Natural Legacy woollen coffins, said: “We have taken a 17th century concept and brought it into the 21st century.

“We get a lot of repeat business from funeral directors who have given us some wonderful feedback. They like the fact that our coffins are very visual, tactile products which look particularly beautiful when decorated with flowers. They have a softer look than more traditional coffins which can make a real difference at a funeral.

“The rapid growth in sales indicates that people like the idea of having a stylish, aesthetically pleasing woollen coffin for their loved ones. Funeral directors tell us they like being able to offer a wider range of choices for bereaved families when they are planning this important and emotional day. The fact that our coffins are also eco-friendly is an additional benefit.”

The Co-operative Funeralcare, the UK’s largest funeral director, is among those to have chosen to stock Natural Legacy woollen coffins, which are distributed by JC Atkinson, the UK’s leading independent coffin manufacturer.

Among supporters of woollen coffins is Prince Charles, who asked Hainsworth to exhibit at his Garden Party to Make a Difference, which was held at Clarence House in 2010 to encourage people to lead a more sustainable life.

Prince Charles commented that “I have discovered a company that makes a woollen coffin – coffins, ladies and gentlemen, to die for”.

Rachel added: “While the majority of our sales are currently in the UK, we are also seeing a lot of interest overseas. In Australia, alone, we have sold more than 200 coffins in the last six months and our third container has also just been delivered to New Zealand.

“We were delighted to receive Prince Charles’ encouragement. He liked the fact that the coffins are environmentally friendly but also the fact that by using British wool we are supporting Britain’s farmers.”

Staff at the Hainsworth mill in Pudsey, near Leeds, carry out every process in the manufacturing of the woollen coffins from the selection of raw wool to finished cloth. The resulting woollen coffins are made from 100% pure new British wool, recycled cardboard and organic cotton and are light in weight and easy to carry.

Woollen coffins are also extremely strong – independently tested for up to 42 stone in weight – and use only carefully selected materials ensuring low emission levels when used in cremation.

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Expat Funeral Plans – But Which Prepaid Plan?

How to choose an Expat Funeral Plan

Expat funeral plans are even more important to expats families than prepaid plans at home.  There are several providers of international prepaid expat plans not all of whom cover every country, so please do specify when you contact us for (free) advice. With most the point is that they will take care of you whether you die in the relevant country or back in the UK.  Standard expat funeral plans will NOT include the cost of bring you back to the UK or vice versa.

Avalon Plans  are probably the best known for expat funeral plans, and have a well trained and motivated salesforce in the countries they cover.

Golden Leaves International Plans offer coverage in Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Balearic Islands, or the Canary Islands.

Iberian Plans cover Spain, Portugal, Tenerife, the Balearic Islands and Madeira. SPN Plans are now part of Iberian we understand,

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Avalon recently launched the Paradise Plan Expat Plan specifically for Brits looking to retire overseas. The plan provides dual certification. It covers customers with a plan of equal value in key destinations including Spain, Portugal, Turkey or Cyprus.  But at the Prepaid Funeral Review we can advise you about alternative expat funeral plans– contact us.

For guidance on expat funeral plans, get in touch via the form to the right and be sure to include your location.


According to a survey by Avalon, almost a quarter of people who’ve moved to sunnier climes admit to pining for the occasional rain shower.

A decent cuppa topped the poll of things expatriates longed for! 27 per cent of those surveyed said they craved a well-made cup of tea and would prefer a brew to a piña colada any day.

The research, which identified the top 10 items Brits miss about their former homeland, uncovered some surprising results.

Only nine per cent of expats said they missed their family the most. The poll ranked loved ones at number four – behind the traditional Sunday roast, which came third.

Mike Cooper, formerly managing director Avalon, commented: “The saying ‘you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone’ certainly seems to apply here! Who would’ve thought that people would miss a bit of rain more than their family when they move abroad?”

Eight per cent of respondents yearned for a pint in their former local, with 160 people stating that a night back in their old drinking hole would be their idea of heaven.

Ranking near the bottom of the list was the soap opera. Five per cent of expats said they missed watching their favourite British TV shows, while Heinz beans was revealed as the taste of home for nearly 100 people.

Mike continued: “We work closely with many people who’ve decided to retire overseas and it’s the happiest time of their lives – but the results of this survey just go to show that you can take the person out of Britain, but you can’t take Britain out of the person!”

Chosing the right prepaid expat funeral plan.