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America, Land of the Obese, Needs Bigger Caskets

Many families are unaware their relatives will need a special coffin until a funeral director measures the body and informs them. Some are cremating bodies to avoid the extra expense of a larger coffin and vault, which can run as high as $20,000. However, most crematoria cannot handle bodies over 500 pounds.

New York Times September 28, 2003

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