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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 October, 2004, 13:07 GMT 14:07 UK
Woman keeps own coffin in bedroom
Kay Groom lying in her coffin
Ms Groom finds the coffin claustrophobic when the lid is down
A woman who describes herself as "happy-go-lucky" keeps a coffin in a bedroom and says she likes to take the mystery out of death by lying in it.

Kay Groom, 42, houses the 200, made-to-measure pine box, lined with red satin, in the spare bedroom of her home in Swaffham, Norfolk.

She says she had it made so she could be ready when the time came.

"It's very comfy - although I don't like it with the lid down because I'm a bit claustrophobic," she said.

Ms Groom, who has a 24-year-old daughter, says she also thought it would help her family financially if she bought the coffin.

People think I'm mad, macabre, and some think I'm a witch. But I'm not. I'm quite happy-go-lucky
Kay Groom
"It's the coffin I'm going to buried in and I had it made about four or five years ago," she said.

"I had to go for a fitting."

Ms Groom, who has a collection of more than 300 ornamental skulls, a skeleton and would like to be an undertaker, said she had been fascinated by death for 15 years.

"People think I'm mad, macabre, and some think I'm a witch. But I'm not. I'm quite happy-go-lucky.

"I just find the idea of death fascinating.

"I think it's a subject we should talk about more."



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