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Colorful coffins lighten mood at New Zealand funerals

This photo provided by Ross Hall, shows a cream doughnut shaped coffin for the funeral of Phil McLean outside a church in Tauranga, New Zealand on Feb 17, 2021. Auckland company Dying Art makes unique custom caskets which reflect the people who will eventually lay inside them, whether it’s a love for fire engines, a cream doughnut or Lego. (Ross Hall via AP) AUK101 AUK101

“There are people who are happy with a brown mahogany box and that's great,” said Ross Hall, who runs a business in New Zealand called Dying Art, which custom builds colorful coffins. "But if they want to shout it out, I'm here to do it for them.” VIEW

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