The Expo brings together products and services that you never knew existed for cemeteries, funeral homes, and cremationists.
I had a great conversation with two representatives of American Airlines Cargo and U.S. Airways Cargo about regulations regarding body shipment. My previous information about shipping of un-embalmed bodies is that they need to be put in a leak-proof Ziegler case for transport.
Yet, just last week, I participated in a tahara where the woman was going to be shipped to New Jersey right after we prepared her. The plain pine casket was on an Air Tray, a wooden base that gets a cover over the casket. What’s up with that?
Apparently, the regulations about the use of a Ziegler case, dry ice and cool packs can vary from airline to airline. Funeral directors need to know these differences as they work to get a body to a distant city in a timely manner.
The first exhibitor I visited and interviewed was The Body Bag Store (www.BodyBagStore.com). Sales agent Vince Sessa provides a great overview of different types of body bags, including those that can be used for cremation, water rescues, and removals of bodies in various stages of decomposition.