More and more people choose shroud instead of coffin

#Lijkwade Or coffin?
We all die, and every deceased must eventually be buried or cremated.
In some, this is accompanied by a great farewell ritual, with or without religious rituals, while in others it is more intimate.
The farewell ceremonies are often moments when all those involved feel connected and find support together.
It is logical that around all forms of farewell ceremonies a great commerce has arisen and large sums are often spent for a funeral.
This also means that a lot of trends have emerged in the whole of commerce around this inevitable event for everyone.
34 years ago, my then 17 year old brother was cremated and this was still quite exceptional in my small border town.
Many thought it lurid at the time, and the Catholics did not think it appropriate, and did not yet know how to deal with it.
Now cremations are no longer peculiar at all, and they are generally accepted.

Trends were more and more common in boxes, flowers, urns, etc.
Burying someone in a shroud I hadn't heard about it myself until yesterday.
Except in the East, where that's the normal norm.
Apparently it can also be here in Belgium and the Netherlands for quite some time, hey I was looking at that.

After some research I found both pictures and enough explanations to satisfy my curiosity, and to share this with you.
Now I have been able to make a good picture of it and a shroud seems interesting to me in several ways.

In an article by Radio 2
I read, among other things, that a funeral centre in Maldegem had started working with it out of necessity rather than that it was a trend.

Started out of necessity

Funtician Dirk Van Nieuwkerke

Van Nieuwkerke has only been offering wrapping cloths for a few years. “We started with wrapping goods out of necessity. Occasionally we had to deal with victims of major road accidents. The bodies were at times so bad that they were no longer presentable to the next of kin. Most families then choose a closed box with a photo to greet the deceased. We found that a bit impersonal and noticed that there is often still a need to say real physical goodbye. That's how we ended up with wrappers. You wrap the bodies in the canvases and thus the contours are still very visible. So the body gets something recognizable after all. It's a serene way to give birth to someone.”

“A last touch is sometimes very important”

“In some cases, are certain parts of the body are still presentable, such as an arm or a hand. We make sure that the wrapping cloth that parts uncovered Late. In this way, the survivors can still press their hand and the deceased short touch- Yes. That's very important to some people. I've already witnessed some very intense moments. With a closed box, the farewell is different.”, says Van Nieuwkerke.

New environmentally conscious customers

Funeralists now notice thatalso other customersturn to them with the question of using wrapping cloths at farewell. “Anyone can use it, we can also leave the whole face exposed with a cloth. We notice that more people are getting on us, often alsoecological considerations- Yes. The wrapping cloths areMade from biodegradable substanceswhich is completelyperish after a funeral- Yes. At acremationcome a suitless pollutantsrather than when burning a coffin.” Van Nieuwkerke emphasizes. Legally it has been possible for a while, but it remains quite exceptional. “We already recorded information with the crematorium and there we got strange reactions, but it's okay.”

“Something for everyone and cheaper than a coffin”

The wrapping cloths Van Nieuwkerke uses are so-called 'wrapping goods'. A company from Aalter imports the canvases from the Netherlands. They exist throughoutvarious versions: “Depending on the personality or preference of the deceased, you can choose from a wide range:silk, cotton, jeans... we all have it. There are also performances indifferent colors.” The complicated body is placed on a wearable and also there exist different versions of it. “There is a branch bar that is braided together, or you can opt for a more classic stand.”In almost all cases, a wrapping cloth is cheaper- Yes. “Sometimes even half as expensive as the cheapest chest.”


Personally, I like a shroud better than a coffin, also the idea behind it, you see the shape of your loved one, he/she still seem to be present.
With a coffin, I find that more impersonal, a wooden construction in which your loved one lies.
And if I let my heart speak for the environment, I am completely convinced.
It seems a bit back to basic, but if we look at what we've already buried.
The earth has already had to deal with a lot of things, and even when cremation, a coffin is more burdensome for our environment.
I'm already a pro, and hopefully this is going to be a trend where we don't burn or bury boxes within a decade.

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