How is the funeral profession coping with the demands of a heavier population?

June 24, 2016   //   No Comments

According to the World Health Organisation, worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980.  The UK itself is in the midst of this ‘obesity epidemic’.  As one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the United Kingdom, the effects of obesity are beginning to have a knock-on effect on the funeral profession.  As custodians of the dead, funeral directors are responsible for making the arrangements for transportation of the body, completing all necessary paperwork, and implementing the choices made by the family regarding the funeral and final disposition of the body.

Ensuring that the ceremony is carried out with the utmost respect is absolutely paramount for funeral directors and dealing with someone who was overweight is no different. This, of course, throws up a challenge. However, with the introduction of a number of innovations the funeral profession is poised to keep moving with the times.  Changes include the introduction of larger coffins and caskets, more powerful crematoria, improved lifting equipment and larger funeral transport.  Read the full story on SAIFinsight online here.