Supersizing Of Americans Creating Demand For Big Caskets

Source: Aimee Picchi / CBS News

As Americans get heavier, the impact is spilling over into the funeral industry, with families needing to spend thousands more on extra-large caskets.

The larger-sized caskets can cost as much as $5,000, compared with $2,000 to $3,000 for a standard 26-inch-wide casket, reports Al Jazeera America. One casket maker, Goliath Caskets, has found itself so busy with demand for extra-large final resting places that its 64-year-old owner, Keith Davis, said he can’t retire anytime soon.

Casket makers are “making more room on the inside,” Bob Arrington, treasurer of the National Funeral Directors Association, told the media outlet. “The casket manufacturers are realizing that this is an issue, and they’re starting to make changes.”

The bigger caskets sometimes won’t fit in hearses, requiring families to rent flatbed trucks to transport their loved ones, the piece adds.

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