I attended a funeral recently where the deceased was taken to his final resting place in a coffin which, I was reliably informed, cost £900. It was a beautiful coffin, but a coffin nonetheless, a vessel for transporting a dead person. It was a work of art that would be, and would be quickly, buried out of view beneath six feet of soil. I could not help but think it wasn't worth it. That it would have been so much better donating the money spent on it to the hospice where this person died, for example. What do others think?