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‘Kiwi Coffin Club’: These Rotorua, New Zealand Senior Citizens are Fabricating Their Own Future Coffins

“They’re going away for the last journey in something that belongs to them, that they’ve created. That is what and who they are.”

This is an inspiring – and at times hilarious – video about a bunch of senior citizens in New Zealand who have formed a “coffin club” for manufacturing their own “underground furniture” – from upholstering the interiors to decorating the exterior of coffins with art indicative of the life the host lived.

“We’re a mad bunch.” Indeed! Watch:

Most people are afraid of death. But members New Zealand’s Kiwi Coffin Club are facing it head on. Founded by Katie Williams, a former midwife and hospice nurse, members build and then decorate their own customized coffins as a way of celebrating their lives and highlighting their unique personalities. Beyond the coffin building itself, the club has built a strong, supportive community where people can have frank conversations and reflect on their future with Members think this healthier approach to death can help other people who might otherwise be lonely or afraid at the end of their lives.


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