A coffin drape is a piece of material to place over the coffin that tells the story of the deceased. Family and friends can write words, draw pictures and attach photos and poems that reflect their loved one’s interests and life story.
As their mother was a keen seamstress, Alison’s family made a patchwork coffin drape using their mother’s clothes she had kept over the years. At the funeral, everyone came forward to stand around the coffin and the history of each patchwork piece was discussed.
The drape can go with the deceased, but many families take them home and hang them in pride of place.