Hasting Cemeteries To Charge An Additional $200 For Large Bodies
According to the management of Hastings cemeteries, they are planning to charge more for large people who will be created because the cremation time is longer compared to regular-sized bodies. Large people are delivered inside oversized coffins to the cremation site and the process takes longer compared to a regular coffin. Families are also required to prepare bigger cremation urns for ashes in order to safely contain the remains.
Isak Bester, the manager of the cemeteries, sent a letter to the Hastings District Council to open the discussion with the councilors mentioning several reasons why they need to add cremation fees such as oversize caskets take longer to cremate.
When the person who passed away weighs over 150 kg, oversized caskets are used by default. For an average-sized individual, cremation will be completed within 2.5 hours while for oversized ones the cremation time is between 4.5 and 5.5 hours.
As of writing, the costs of the services offered by the cemeteries including burial and cremation are not enough to recover the costs of maintaining the facilities and the equipment. This is why the Hawke’s Bay Crematorium Committee decided before the end of last year to look into the matter of additional costs for oversized caskets.
The cremation fees are known to be quite low in Hastings compared to surrounding areas and if it continues, the cemeteries will not be able to recover and address issues with their facilities. This is why the management has come to a decision to submit a proposal to the council to increase fees and to add new ones as well.
For oversized caskets, an additional $200 will be added and the cemetery is also planning to charge call outs that are done after hours. This will bring the family back $300 when burials are requested urgently after-hours. The family will still be in charge of cremation urns for ashes if they wish to use something else aside from the generic urn provided by the cemetery which is an inclusion in the $700 they are paying for the cremation service. Once the proposal is approved, the new fees will be imposed on the first day of July.