Design your own Shroud

with Susanne Duijvestein

25 Jul 2021

Ever thought about what you'll wear when you're dead? In the past it was customary in the Netherlands to make your own death shroud and keep it in your linen closet because you never know. Although this tradition has passed, the shroud has reappeared in our 21st century as a more sustainable alternative to the coffin.

In this workshop, progressive funeral director Susanne Duijvestein invites you to dive into this old tradition, to actively think about the natural cycle of life and death, and to start designing your own burial shroud.

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Uitvaartondernemer Susanne Duijvestein wikkelt proefmodel Klaartje Dullemond in een wade - Beeld Dingena Mol Lees hier het artikel ‘Kijk, net een burrito’: de lijkwade is in opkomst als duurzaam alternatief voor de doodskist, in het Parool van 2 augustus 2021 door Elleke van Duin.

What you will do

First, Susanne Duijvestein will introduce you to the tradition of the burial shroud, including its meaning and practicalities in Dutch culture. Then you will start to create your own shroud from a natural fabric and treat it with organic materials. The idea is that you make a start with your shroud, and bring it back home to continue working on it.

Susanne Duijvestein

As an independent funeral director with a love of nature and a keen eye for aesthetics and ethics, Susanne is making a difference in the funeral world. Her mission is to talk more with each other about death, and our own nature. She reflects on how we relate to impermanence and advocates for a more sustainable and personal farewell. Suzanne is also curator of the Nature Morte program at Mediamatic.


Full price € 75 | Discount € 52
We give a discount to students, artists and Stadspas holders. If this applies to you we might ask to see your kvk nr/portfolio or student card for this option.


25th of July, 13:30-17:00
We maintain a minimum of 5 participants.
Please note that, unless everyone speaks Dutch, this workshop will be held in English.
For questions please e-mail

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