October 9, 2012

What if a body doesn't fit into the crematorium?

Funeral director suspended for dismembering 800lb body that wouldn’t fit in crematory

A funeral director may lose his licence after chopping up an obese body to make it fit inside his crematory oven.

William Ellenberg is accused of dismembering the body of an 800lb woman because he couldn't get it to enter through the metal opening to the cremation chamber.  He admits hacking 'fatty tissue off the side of the legs so it would fit inside that crematory', but denies any wrong doing.
'It is actually not an uncommon practice that the body is sometimes too large to fit into the furnace,' said Conyers Police Lt. Jack Dunn, who carried out the investigation.  Nonetheless, he failed to follow the regulations that require the funeral director get consent from the family before the body is dismembered.
Posted by Jill Fallon at October 9, 2012 10:05 AM | Permalink