March 31, 2006

A Heartwarming Story out of Texas

THE BODY OF a Texas woman has been held on ice for nearly two months in the Dallas County medical examiner's office, after the office and its crematorium disagreed over the per-pound cost of her cremation, WFAA-TV reports.

The station says that 457-pound Charlotte Blue died on Feb. 6, but hasn't yet been cremated because the office was fighting with the crematorium over the per-pound surcharge assessed against people who weigh more than 300 pounds. Eventually, the county paid the money, and Blue is scheduled to be cremated under a program which cremates the indigent. Unfortunately, though, that didn't happen without a bit of emotional trauma:

Blue's son, Sam Roberts, said he believed his mother had been cremated under a county indigent plan until he called to get a death certificate.

"That's when I was informed that for the last two months she's been sitting in the deep freeze at the medical examiner's office because the crematorium that does business for the county says, 'Oh well, she's too big (and) too fat," he told WFAA-TV on Wednesday.

Dallas County Medical Examiner Charles Gaylor said the dispute has been settled and that county officials apologized to Blue's family for the delay. County officials approved the funds this week to cremate Blue's body.

Maybe it's just me, but isn't giving the indigent dead a decent sendoff one of those basic functions of government that our leaders ought just have done, regardless of the decedent's weight? I mean, good Lord.

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at March 31, 2006 12:52 PM | TrackBack

If you could add a musical background to this blog entry may I suggest an old polka standard: "I don't want her, you can have her, she's too fat for me!"

Posted by: Uncle Dave at March 31, 2006 06:55 PM

I now officially have no guilt about what I had considered for this entry -- quotes from the cremation scene in "Diamonds Are Forever." ("Very ... moving!" "A glowing tribute, Mr Wint!")

Posted by: Benjamin Kepple at March 31, 2006 08:59 PM

OK, so the title of the post reflects that scene, but I was going to go all-out.

Posted by: Benjamin Kepple at March 31, 2006 10:21 PM

Can't you just cut the fat off, I mean, shes already dead...isn't she. Than throw it in there, it will help her burn.

Posted by: sheri at April 2, 2006 03:06 PM

Hmm,I would've agreed with your blog comment, except I just heard a story on the radio. Seems back in the nineties a woman (probably much larger than 457 pounds) died on a cruise ship, had her body shipped back to Seattle and the family had her cremated.

The catch is that her body flooded the cremation chamber and the funeral home burned to the ground. Makes me wonder exactly how our country generally deals with the disposition of the very large. Looks like there's more than one side to this story!

Posted by: Art at April 5, 2006 08:49 AM
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