One of our neighborhood funeral directors and I were chatting after one of our many recent funerals about New Melleray caskets. I said I wanted a simple pine one. If you follow the link, you’ll see the monks have fancier models.
I see this news bit from CNS covers a bit more.
In their work, the monks strive to produce burial caskets and urns that reflect their values of integrity, simplicity and reverence for nature. They try to nourish a return to a dignified spirituality of death.
Trappist Brother Felix Leja, the first monk designated to make caskets at New Melleray, has made somewhere between 800 and 900 caskets since the venture was officially launched in 2000.
General Manager Sam Mulgrew says you won’t have to wait:
We keep enough inventory to meet any at-need request. We can deliver a casket just about anywhere in the country on a next-day basis.
And if you’re Irish, you should know:
We’re the official casket of the University of Notre Dame. They are selling our caskets to their alumni, customized specifically for them.