You’ll often hear crematorium operators tell you that the only way to make sure the bodies you leave behind are “the best” for their next owner is to put them in a crematorium.
But the truth is, crematoriums don’t do that, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Rather, crematoria are the “best friend” for people who are dying.
The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
The researchers, led by Dr. Anshuman R. Rao, a postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, asked 1,300 crematorium employees and 2,500 prospective cremator clients to answer questions about the crematorium and crematories they had worked in.
The researchers used data from a nationwide survey of 1,037 crematorium owners to determine the average age of the cremated remains.
The crematory industry is the largest source of cremation waste in the United States, with an estimated 5.6 million cremated bodies in use in 2015.
This study was supported by grants from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the U,S.
Public Health Service.
The lead author of the study, Dr. Raman Bhatia, is a postdoc in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Texas A&M University School of Medicine.