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Death and snorkeling in Costa Rica

In this part of Costa Rica, you see new beasts. New to a North Carolina lad, anyway. It’s Don from Piedmont Pine Coffins checking in. I’m on a sojourn at the jungle tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. While I’m away, my design partner John Jull will be making and delivering the coffins. Thank you, John! […]

Best cemetery in Cary NC — top three tips to help you choose

You want details on the best cemetery in Cary NC or surrounding areas. Well, this page is a good place to start. In the video top tips list below, you’ll find basic points that, frankly, few people know. To begin, I’m Don from Piedmont Pine Coffins. Over the last five years I’ve dealt with lots […]

Best Funeral Homes in Cary, NC

If you found this page, you probably want details about the best funeral homes in Cary, NC. To begin, I’m Don from Piedmont Pine Coffins. Over the last five years I’ve dealt with lots of funeral homes and cemeteries in Cary and the Triangle. You can view more about that here. I’ve been on the local […]

Pine coffins and skunk cycles of life and death

Message to skunks:  Safe passage on the roads. Mid-February is breeding season for skunks, and you are reminded of that every year because the poor polecats start showing up dead on the roads around here. Starting in late January, they crisscross country lanes looking to make family connections, and some of them meet their maker […]

GoFundMe funerals vs John 19:39-40

GoFundMe funerals. You’ve probably heard of them. Suddenly, on the motorway, a mother and her two toddlers are killed in an accident. The mother happens to be “too poor to die,” so her Christian church rallies to pay funeral expenses in excess of $20K. One member mounts a GoFundMe campaign that makes the rounds on […]

So that our love may blossom

I always listen to this one special song in December, and I catch a weep. Listen below, and you’ll catch some monastic wisdom. If you’re just joining us, we are Piedmont Pine Coffins. In our death work and off-grid farmstead life here in central North Carolina, US of A, we take inspiration from monks and […]