My recent experience with a plus-sized person’s death confirms that you pay more when you die fat.
This overweight person had diabetes and died from a fatal heart attack at 54. Not only did the family have to purchase an oversize casket and grave liner (bigger costs more), they paid three times the going rate to the cemetery to dig a grave wide enough to accommodate the larger casket and liner.
The NBC-TV affiliate in Columbus, Ohio just did a news story this week titled Plus-Size People Changing Casket Sizes. With expanding waistlines come expanding caskets and ballooning costs.
If you are obese, losing weight will not only help save your health and perhaps extend the length and quality of your life, it will save your family money after you die. Bigger bodies in oversize burial containers equal more dollars put in the ground.
And if you’re considering cremation, better shop around to find a crematorium that can accommodate added girth – not all providers can carry that load. Think about some funeral planning, even if you don’t plan to die.
For more tips regarding burial of “one of the bigger people,” check out this post: Living, and Dying, Large.
P.S. – The Non Sequitur cartoon for Sunday, May 30 features the creepy Graevsytes kids advertising a weight loss clinic. The flier boasts, “We use a French method, which is so effective we guarantee you’ll lose 10 pounds on your first treatment!” Can you guess what that treatment is?