“It was the most beautiful funeral I’ve ever been to – yet probably the least expensive. When my friend’s mother died aged 96 her family dispensed with all modern death practices… no embalming, no crematorium and no coffin…. [they] put her into a cocoon embroidered [needlefelted] with leaves made from woollen felt by the artist Yuli Sømme…” – Janice Turner, The Times.
The Leafcocoon is fully biodegradable and a complete alternative to conventional coffins, designed for an environmentally friendly traditional, meadow or woodland burial. It is leaf-shaped, reflecting our connection with nature, with a smooth outline because of the many layers of thick felt.
It consists of:
Leafcocoon base – Made of a strong wooden frame, encased in felt, lined to prevent leakage. Six strong handles take the weight. Bespoke versions can be made to order if a specific size/weight bearing is required.
Leafcocoon without cover – £835 The shroud is strapped to the base, has enclosures for head and feet and is double wrapped from the sides. The woollen shroud can also be ordered separately without the base and for use in other coffins.
Leafcocoon with plain cover – £885. Add a plain leaf-shaped cover that shelters the shroud and gives an even smoother outline.
Leafcocoon with decorated cover – £1065. A simple, needle-felted design adds a touch of colour – natural dyes used, of course – and based on native leaf themes. This price is based on 3 sprigs (as above), or equivalent arranged around the edge to allow space for a wreath in the centre for the funeral.
Please email or ring me if you would like to discuss a bespoke design. Extra decoration is charged at £45 per hour.
I make the bases in different sizes and keep a ready-made stock which can be prepared, finished and delivered between 2 to 5 working days. A 24 hour service is also offered, depending on ready-made stock. Individually hand-made on Dartmoor from entirely natural materials, using wood and 100% pure organic wool felt from local sources.
- Extra Small – 5′ to 5’4″; any weight up to 16 stone
- Small – 5’4″ to 5’8″; any weight up to 16 stone
- Medium – 5’8″ to 6′; any weight up to 18 stone
- Large – 6′ to 6’4″; any weight up to 18 stone
- Extra Large for heavier weight bearing OR sizes under 5′ – made to order, please contact Yuli.
- More about the Leafcocoon Alternative Eco Coffin
- Leafcocoon Wool Coffin FAQs
- Making a Leafcocoon – video
- Baby and Child Cocoon
- About Natural Burial
- Natural Options from Bellacouche