Today’s Close To Home cartoon shows a few women gathered around the seance table. A bony hand has busted through the crystal ball, reaching toward one shocked-looking woman. The medium says, “That’s what happens when the wife buys a cheap coffin.”
As undertaker-poet Thomas Lynch has written and said many times, the dead don’t care. They don’t care how their bodies are disposed of – it’s the living to whom these things matter.
For that matter, “keeping up with the Joneses” into the grave is a foolish pursuit. There are better ways to spend one’s inheritance.
FYI, do you know the difference between a coffin and a casket? A coffin is a six-sided box, narrower at the head and feet and wider at the shoulders. A casket is a rectangular box. A coffin is made of wood, usually a soft wood like pine or poplar, which almost always costs less than caskets of metal.