16 responses to Who makes Amish coffins?
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    Who makes Amish coffins? (September 22nd, 2010 at 06:29)

    There was an Amish-made coffin listed on ebay last week – link below may or may not work. If not, search completed listings for Amish coffin. Ended at 349 reserve not met.


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    Who makes Amish coffins? (September 22nd, 2010 at 07:08)

    Obi Helmuth and his sons make coffins in the Arthur, IL area. Though similar, they are slightly different that the one from the link Rick shows from ebay. Though I am not Amish, I had talked with Obi about making one for me since this is what I want. He was very agreeable and gave me options. My husband doesn’t seem to want to talk about it much though :-).

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    Who makes Amish coffins? (September 22nd, 2010 at 15:37)

    That’s certainly an interesting looking coffin. The way it opens at the head to view the upper body is most intriguing.

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    Karen Pollard
    Who makes Amish coffins? (September 22nd, 2010 at 17:26)

    I’m not very knowledgeable about burials, but I thought there were laws about burials. It was my understanding that due to prior diseases, one had to have a coffin within a concrete container. Am I wrong???

    I understand the simplicity of a pine box, but just curious about the rest.


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    Who makes Amish coffins? (September 22nd, 2010 at 18:19)

    Not to be too morbid, but I wish I was a bit more versed on the ins and outs of coffins :) The one on the ebay link looks pretty plush. And the obvious question: what don’t they sell on ebay??

    And Karen, good question. Maybe if we have a mortician or coroner lurking somewhere here on the blog, they might chime in?? ;)

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    Who makes Amish coffins? (September 22nd, 2010 at 18:52)

    I was kind of wondering the same thing, because I mentioned to my husband some time ago about just burying me in the backyard to save expense and hassle, but he brought up the concrete container unless one was cremated.

    Do you remember that mystery envelope on Ebay some years ago? Crazy…

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    Kelly Hunt
    Who makes Amish coffins? (September 22nd, 2010 at 21:44)

    I guess we all have a little amish in us?

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    Kelly Hunt
    Who makes Amish coffins? (September 22nd, 2010 at 21:46)

    Trying to post a link- if it doesn’t come through, GOOGLE *outhouse charlie*. He makes do-it-yourself coffin kits and mail order coffins.

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    Katie Troyer
    Who makes Amish coffins? (September 22nd, 2010 at 22:47)

    I don’t know of any Amish that was buried in a concrete container. There is what we call a rough box made with lumber that takes ages to decay where the coffin is placed in and then buried.

    Last winter I met old Joni Hochstetler from Northern Indiana who was a coffin maker. He said he made 1,000 coffins in his lifetime,one body was sent to Greece and another one to Italy for burial.

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    Kelly Hunt
    Who makes Amish coffins? (September 23rd, 2010 at 07:28)

    I did a little research on the concrete burial box and it seems that some places now require them for burial. It would just depend on the By-Laws of the area you want to be buried in.

    As far as being buried at home- many states still allow you to bury your dead on your own land. However you have to meet certain requirements, (outside city limits, on over an acre of land, own your land, and disclosure if you sell the land) and it lowers your property values terribly.

    I’m sure the Amish bury their dead outside the city limits majority of the time, therefore there would be less restrictions.

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    plain lady
    Who makes Amish coffins? (September 23rd, 2010 at 16:55)

    My son is in the process of making a coffin. My father-in-law is not well and we will be using it for him when he passes. If you check out RVP-1875 online you will find out there are coffin makers who are not Amish. A man in our church also makes them and his wife lines them but I am sure they are not fancy like the ones I see at the funeral parlor.

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    Who makes Amish coffins? (October 21st, 2010 at 03:40)

    Helpful blog, bookmarked the website with hopes to read more!

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    Mark Burr
    cement grave liner with lid (April 18th, 2012 at 21:42)

    cement grave liner with lid

    the cement grave liner with a lid is required in our local cemetery. They are open on the bottom. The reason for their use is so that when the coffin deteriorates and collapses, the soil above the grave does not collapse into the grave. This is a housekeeping issue, as the sunken grave would need more dirt to level it up, and then more grass seed. It also keeps the ground level for grass cutting.

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    Who makes Amish coffins? (June 7th, 2013 at 21:08)

    I also don’t know of any Amish that was buried in a concrete container.

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    Coffin Manufacturer (January 10th, 2015 at 00:10)

    Coffin Manufacturer

    Why shouldn’t he be happy?

    None of them are for him and he’s always buried in work (I had to say it).

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    Who makes Amish coffins? (January 10th, 2015 at 10:16)

    Coffin makers from MN. I have hard that they are no longer Amish but their children still are.

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