The Great Sarah Bernhardt Asleep in Her Coffin, Silver gelatin print, circa 1882 Bernhardt (1844-1923) made her own funeral arrangements. She picked out her own coffin because she was going to “sleep” in it forever. She had it delivered to her home and regularly slept in it. In her 1907 autobiography she wrote, “My bedroom was very tiny. The big bamboo bed took up all the room. In front of the window was my coffin, where I frequently installed myself to learn my lines.” Self Portraits, Post Mortem, Postmortem Photography, Circa 1882, Sarah Bernhardt, Bernhardt Asleep, Photos Session, Actresses, Coffin
'Three days dead, King George VI rested in the little church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate, in a plain coffin made for him overnight, out of an old oak in the park, by the carpenters of the royal estate. On Feb 11 the King's coffin was to be taken to London, there to lie in Westminster Hall until the funeral on Feb 15th 1952. Among the wreaths was the one at the foot of the coffin reading 'To Darling Papa from Elizabeth and Phillip'
Because the funeral arrangements are so expensive, a body is sometimes placed in a temporary coffin. During this time, the family accumulates the necessary funds to pay for a proper funeral. Once the funds are raised, so is the dead. The Toraja genuinely believe that the dead are able to walk themselves to their new burial site. What we are seeing depicted in the picture is that the somewhat mummified corpse is removed from its temporary coffin and transported upright to the permanent site.
A Funeral Tradition from the mountain village of Miao, China: When a baby is born, the father plants a pine tree or a fir tree so that when the baby grows up and gets old and dies, his relatives and friends can cut down that tree to make a coffin. Also, after a a man is buried, the man’s friends and family plant a tree over the coffin. So, in the village burial sites, all that can be seen are trees.