Larger Crematoriums For Larger People

There is many ways in which people take their Final Taxi. One common way is cremation. Cremation is the practice of disposing of a human corpse by burning which often takes place in a crematorium or crematory. Cremation probably started sometime in the early Stone Age, around 3,000 B.C. in parts of Europe and the Near East

I found it quite interesting to see a report that the nation’s and the world’s obesity problem is now taking its toll on the funeral business. This is in larger coffins, with are more common, but now in larger crematoriums.

The place where the cremation takes place is called crematorium. The crematorium consists of one or more ovens or furnaces and facilities for handling of the ashes. A cremation furnace is a industrial furnace capable of reaching high temperatures up to approximately 870-980 °C (1600-1800 °F) with special modifications to ensure the efficient disintegration of the corpse. One of these modifications is the aiming of the flames at the corpse’s torso, where a majority of the corpse’s mass rests. The crematorium may be part of chapel or a funeral home, or it may be part of an independent facility or a service offered by a cemetery.

As you can expect making a larger crematorium is not an easy matter. Many times you can not just refurbish the space needed. No one wants a loved ones funeral to be halted ( or to be embarrassed) by a coffin causing a blockage into the furnace.

Most standard coffins measure 16 and 20 inches across. However, coffins of up to 40 inches are now increasingly in demand to cope with bigger bodies. The only thing for a crematorium to do now is to order bigger furnaces to deal with the numbers of bigger coffins.

In 2000, just over 26 percent of the dead were cremated in the United States, which has more than 1,700 crematories, according to the Cremation Association of North America. The state with the lowest rate in 2000 was my home state of Alabama, at 4.8 percent, while the state with the highest rate was Hawaii, at 59.9 percent.

Countries with high cremation rates include Japan (98 percent); Czech Republic (76 percent); United Kingdom (72 percent); and Switzerland (68 percent).

Funeral homes across the world are gearing up for their clients increased waist size. In the UK, Lewisham in South London has a 44 inch cremator while the crematorium in Blackburn has a 42 inch cremator being installed.

The obesity problem is effecting us all.


4 Responses

  1. Hi, I used to be the councillor with political responsibility for Lewisham’s bereavement service (amongst other things), and you’re right that the cremator does have a large door, but that’s not something new.

    You can see me commenting on this issue a few years ago.

  2. Hello Andrew,
    Thanks for the comment and interesting link. As you know we have a bad obesity problem here in the US. I have seen larger coffins popping up to handle the extra bulk but the idea of larger crematoriums was something I did not think of.
    Will there be bigger hearses next?
    Thanks for the insight.
    Ron at Final Taxi

  3. Hi Ron

    I have been reading in the news that the folks most worked up by global warming are beginning to say that cremation is not the “greenest” last decision one can make. The carbon emitted from the burning of a body and coffin, and the natural gas used to create the fire contribute, they say, to our climate change.

    So a very large person potentially creates more pollution when cremated than a smaller one. I wonder how much talk of this goes on at Hollywood parties?

    One very green suggestion? Upright burial near a tree, so one’s remains become fertilizer.

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  4. Hi Ron, I’m sure that funeral directors will have to think carefully about how to transport the larger coffin.

    We in the UK still have the horse drawn hearse, which may be appropriate (but expensive) on those occasions.

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