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Oversized coffins complicate cremation

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 21 Jun 2009, 11:15

Published: 21 Jun 2009 11:15 GMT+02:00

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Swedes are growing both lengthways and widthways as a result of a comfortable standard of living brought about by sustained economic prosperity.

Funeral directors in Sweden confirm that the resultant demand for roomier coffins has on occasion required switching to conventional burial as existing cremation facilities are unable to cope, Sveriges Radio (SR) reports.

"The relatives have perhaps had an idea about how it should be carried out, and perhaps the deceased has expressed a wish to be cremated. One is then obliged to take this into account, but practical reasons determine how it should be carried out," Bengt-Erik Eriksson at a Stockholm firm of funeral directors told SR's Ekot news program.

A regular sized coffin measures two metres long and 60 centimetres wide. But orders for larger coffins are on the increase.

In response to the demand for greater capacity a new cremation facility is under construction in Malmö which can manage coffins of up to a metre wide. Existing capacity in Sweden can cope with a coffin of up to a maximum of 90 centimetres.

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"It think that it is wise of Malmö to take on board projections that we in the west are getting bigger," said Jan-Olov Andersson of the Swedish churchyard and crematorium association (SKKF) to Ekot.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:51 June 21, 2009 by svenskdod
Who ate all the pies??? Not America anymore, they have been passing them out...
00:16 June 22, 2009 by Greg in Canada
Obesity is a world wide problem especially in developed countries. They are now even changing all the seats on the rides at Disneyland because people are so much fatter nowadays.

This is going to cause a lot of problems for the health care systems with higher rates of heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers due to obesity.

I really don't get it. How do people allow themselves to become such fat asses. Where is their sense of pride.
19:10 June 23, 2009 by Playmaker
Well you ask how do people let it happen? It is in are genetic make up to eat as much as possable. a long time ago you never knew when the food would come in. so are DNA has made us want to eat. it takes will power to fight your own DNA. maybe there should be a tax on fat foods?
23:55 June 23, 2009 by spy
Plus usually your mouth is a bigger hole than your arse and therefore food gets stuck between the two.

- Physics, my dear Watson, physics.
10:46 August 3, 2010 by cosplay
Plus usually your mouth is a bigger hole than your arse and therefore food gets stuck between the two.
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