What people say…
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Testimonials about the Leafcocoon Eco Coffin
“I am a funeral celebrant, well used to dealing with ‘wooden’ boxes but a recent burial used a leafcoccoon. A body prepared for a funeral has never moved me so much. I knew the deceased, but that wasn’t the reason and the ‘moving’ wasn’t all sad. The simple beauty of the shroud, its dignity and the hope it held out for the way the energy contained in this body would be recycled by nature, brought me a degree of comfort that was most unexpected and gave me strength to conduct the ceremony. Thank you for helping to make grief more bearable, softer, gentler – everyone should be buried this way.” Lesley Mary Close, April 2018
“It was amazing. To handle Mum into the Cocoon felt the most perfect thing to do – each day we tucked her body in, after changing the ice packs. No smell. No leakage. Perfect design!” C. Pyke 2017
“It felt so much more appropriate to see my mothers body swaddled in this way, rather than in a wooden coffin” B.Parker 2017
“Thank you again for a beautiful alternative to the traditional options available” L. Philpott
“Bellacouche Leafcocoons and Leafpods are beautiful to use and behold, thoughtfully designed and very well made by hand, as well as being ethical and sustainable using locally sourced natural materials. Every detail has been carefully considered and well thought through – the natural wood to provide rigidity to the base, the folds of felt to gently envelop and protect the body, spaces for head and feet, the contours of the felt subtly honour the form inside, strong carry handles, hand made wood toggles, a choice of decoration or simplicity, right through to the reusable protective packaging bag.
The design is practical and really works. I have used these for both my mother and father in the past year. On both occasions my family undertook the entire funerals and burials, so I really appreciated the practical design and beauty of it. I had to help lift and tie in my father’s body into the leafpod in the mortuary, then I had to store the body for 24 hours before burial, I had to load and unload the heavy leafpod into and out of my van, there were no issues whatsoever and it functioned perfectly. The 6 grandsons carried the leafpod to the bier, then the graveside trestles, and finally lowered it into the ground, it was perfectly balanced and stable throughout.
The Leafpod looked profoundly beautiful on the bier as we decorated it with cut flowers and ivy, and in its final resting place in the grave. The natural materials of the leafpod looked just right and in harmony with the natural context of the field and the earth.
I think the leafpod is absolutely perfect in every detail and could not suggest any way of improving it. Yuli has spent many years developing and perfecting the Leafpods, and I know that she has a deep and heartfelt connection to her work and in helping people honour their loved ones as they pass on.” Richard Gomme 7/2016
“The Leafcocoon is the most beautiful and tactile coffin there is. Easy to use and functional too, you feel like you are really taking care of the person who has died, cocooning them up in such loveliness” Green Fuse
“The shroud was beautiful, exactly what we wanted.” B Mulvihill
“…There is a special grace in your product… Your Leafcocoon was perfect for my Dad. So many people love it. There is something extraordinarily different, a gentleness that people yield to…” A. Hoefkens
“Both myself and my administrator think they are lovely” Exeter & District Funeral Service
“Perfect coffin. The family loved it, just what they wanted for mum” Lel Wallace Funeral Directors
“Yuli was a delightful lady to deal with when we were all so upset. The young people at the funeral thought the Leafcocoon was less frightening than a coffin”. J.A.
“It was so much better than a coffin. It felt warm and cosy to touch. It was easy to carry and handle. Just to say that the Leafcocoon allowed us to feel much more involved in the burial because it was so much more accessible and intimate than a coffin would have been”. P.R.
“Sensitively and swiftly accomplished. I would happily recommend Bellacouche to anyone in the process of organising the specifics of a burial, green or other. It was a comforting and comfortable part of the proceedings and adds a dignity to an otherwise often dry and functional process”. M.R.
“… it’s hard to fully appreciate them in a photo, so much of it is how they feel”. J.S.
“Just wanted to let you know that everybody last Thursday thought the leaf cocoon was lovely. So unusual, not as harsh as a coffin, just like being wrapped up in a blanket were some of the comments we received. Thank you once again.” Paul 2015
“Thank you again for being so accommodating and prompt in preparing her cocoon” R and C 2015
“Thank you so much for dropping off the Leafcocoon. It’s amazing, great quality. As a funeral director, I think it’s the way forward using wool, wood and recycled materials. Such a wonderful idea.” Martin Hooper (Coombes & Son Funerals) 2015
“…[the Leafcocoon] gave a strong sense that his body was held cosily in the felt wrapping. We carried it without trouble over slippery uneven ground and it lowered easily and smoothly in the grave. The natural colours complimented the surroundings of the natural burial site which was inhabited by sheep!” E.M.
“The Leafcocoon, with it’s beautiful individual design, played a major part in turning what could have been an upsetting ordeal into a beautiful and personal occasion. We loved it”. R.P.
“I can honestly say that it made it a little more bearable to lay her to rest in it. I could not have been doing so in a Gothic horror box. Thank you”. S.C.
“We absolutely love the Cocoon you created for our baby. To have something so soft and comforting to wrap him in felt so much more loving. It was like wrapping him in warm blankets. We felt as though we can lay him to rest so peacefully now – thank you”. C.S.
“…She loved the idea of being cocooned in the felt and somehow it felt much nicer seeing her all wrapped up snugly in your beautiful felt rather than in a hard wooden coffin”. S.A.
“Everyone’s needs are so different. I can’ t understand why those around the grieving person are often so keen to curtail this really vitally important time. My sister and I quite literally locked the door and stayed with mother’s body for at least 24 hours after she died….against mounting pressure from nursing home staff to call in the undertakers and get her body ‘moved on’ within just a couple of hours of her death.
I really think if we can be more open, accepting and comfortable around the ‘normality’ of death we can live richer and fuller lives. I really think we don’t do death very well in this country. There is a huge industry that profits from ( and in our experience) encourages a resistance and embarrassment to discuss death and practical issues around it…
…I’ve been wanting to thank you for your help and advice last September. It was empowering and reassuring at the time and really made a difference. In retrospect it was invaluable.
It set me on a course of asking questions and taking control of what subsequently happened to our mother’s body and how we organised the final ceremonal goodbye to her.
Over the last 6 months I’ve talked to a number of people and am planning to write about death/dying and the need for pause just as long as is needed… despite all the pressures of others to ‘move the process on’ by calling in undertakers too quickly.
Our own experiences both good and bad with trying to use the ‘fridge facilities ‘ of funeral directors (due to the absence of community morturies) also raised many important issues around how difficult it is to retain control and ownership of a loved one’s body and how problematic it can be to resist the ‘conveyor belt’ of funeral director controlled processes around dead bodies….
We were so uncomfortable about having a coffin and to have such a beautiful soft coccon to wrap our mother’s body in, made all the difference. It feels the most natural thing in the world to wrap a loved one in a soft warm blanket. The children were all very relaxed and comfortable seeing her body held in that way….a wooden box wouldn’t have felt approachable at all!
It was a beautiful day in a beautiful natural place and all was as it needed to be. It’s good to be able to know and feel that. I honestly feel that without your support and guidance in directing us towards finding the Natural Death Centre, we wouldn’t have been able to do what we did. Thank you Yuli. ” Fiona Scimone – 2014 (Fiona has given me permission to include her full name.)