Invercargill business Reflections Picture Caskets is giving people the chance to say good-bye and celebrate their loved ones’ life in a personal way.
Company director Anneke Campbell said she was inspired to bring the business concept to Invercargill after attending four funerals in a month eighteen months ago.
“Looking at the casket I felt sad… It didn’t reflect the person’s personality. It could have been anybody.”
Ms Campbell said the thought remained with her and intensified at each service she attended that month.
“A service should celebrate and reflect a person’s life. Their remains should be surrounded by the things that mattered to them.
“I felt there was something better out there, so I researched and found a company in England which made picture caskets. It has taken 16 months to get up and running, but we now have the licence for New Zealand and Australia.”
Based in Bond St, the company opened last month, offering people a variety of options for their final journey including unique personalised bespoke caskets or a choice of vibrant ready-made designs.
“People can choose what they would like. We have designers who can help them create their own one-off casket which captures their passions and lifestyle.”
Photographs of a person’s life could be incorporated into the design, as well as written text, including messages from family and friends, she said.
Once designed, a casket could be completed within 48 hours. There was also a range of ashes caskets for people and pets of any size.
Each casket was individually crafted in New Zealand from sustainable resources and environmentally-friendly materials and was suitable for cremation or burial, Ms Campbell said.
Each could be made to look like any material, including wood, fabric, metal or masonry. The imagery prints using water-based inks were laminated directly on to the casket using a water-based glue. A coating protected and enhanced the final product and translucent handles allowed all the details to be seen.
The caskets were so stunning they could be used as an everyday piece of furniture if desired, Ms Campbell said.
“We have a range of caskets, in particular some man-cave caskets, which can be used now before they are needed later. We can install a rail to hang clothes, shelves for books or storing the motorcycle gear and helmet, or make them into a bar or wine rack.”
For more information phone Reflections Picture Caskets, 03 218 9468 or 21 362 426, or go to www.picturecaskets.co.nz.
– Janette Gellatly