‘I am just planning to cut out the funeral homes completely’
Tired of being exploited and coincidentally also looking for a new handiwork project, an 70-year-old Jeffreys Bay woman decided to make her own coffin.
Fielie Grobbelaar is wellknown in the seaside town for her beautiful needlework and crafts.
“I think the idea of making my own coffin first came to me when I saw the movie Faan se trein (Faan’s train) where Faan measured his dying dad, while he was in bed, for his coffin,” she said.
“I like to keep busy. When my dad died I was completely flabbergasted by the price of coffins.
“I couldn’t even deal with it. I just told my brother and sister to do it.
“First I phoned a funeral home in Port Elizabeth to ask about the dimensions of a coffin.”
The woman at the funeral home did not know, but phoned back the next day with the measurements.
Grobbelaar then went to the hardware store to buy pine wood for her coffin.
“I was busy putting the seats down so that the wood would fit in my car. Next thing a guy stops next to me saying he will deliver the wood to my house for me.” she said.
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