This post is more a question; one that’s rattled around in my mind for some time:
Why is it cheaper to cremate an animal, than it is a human?
By cheaper, I mean much cheaper. Pet crematoria seem, quite reasonably, to use weight to determine the cost of cremation. This would make sense. Animals tend to be made of the same stuff; so it’s reasonable the bigger the body is, the more fuel you’d need to reduce it to ashes.
But, what about humans? From a report commissioned by Sun Life, the average cost of human cremation last year was £860.
The infographic below compares the cost of cremating a human, with that of a shire horse.
Both cremations are the same price, yet the average shire horse is more than 17 times heavier than a human.
Can anyone reading this explain the difference in cost? Any valid reasons given will be added to this post.
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