Employees hear commotion in the back of Home Depot, find grieving family building a coffin.

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Employees hear commotion in the back of Home Depot, find grieving family building a coffin.

The death of a loved one is never easy, especially when it is sudden. But beyond the emotional toll of losing someone you love, families also struggle with unexpectedly high costs of funerals.

Scott Neilson’s family faced this dilemma when the father of three passed away at age 46 from cardiac arrest. He had no life insurance, and his family knew funeral costs would be shockingly high.

But Scott came from a family of builders, who decided to come together and build his casket by hand. Beyond defraying the cost of a coffin, they also would honor his tradition of woodcrafting.

The Home Depot in Vancouver, Washington donated materials and provided space for the Neilsons, who shared stories about Scott while they worked on the staining, drilling or fabricwork. Watch the family’s story below, and see what their final memorial for their beloved family member looked like…

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