Questions about cremation

Are coffins sold back to funeral directors for re-use

No. The coffin and the body inside are cremated together.

There are occasions where the deceased or the family of the deceased have opted for using a cardboard coffin in which their loved one will be cremated. When this happens, families sometimes want to have a more aesthetically pleasing coffin or container on the catafalque during the service.

Families, therefore, will opt for either a pall (a cloth covering the cardboard coffin), or a 'cocoon coffin' (an outer shell that covers the cardboard coffin) or will decorate a cardboard coffin themselves. Neither the pall nor the cocoon is cremated. It is important to understand that the pall and cocoon do not contain the body of the deceased. They are simply superficial coverings for a cardboard coffin.