More companies in the funeral industry are offering oversize caskets these days, but apparently difficulties remain when it comes to tending to the bodies of the obese. The owner of a crematory service in the greater Atlanta area recently admitted to dismembering the body of a deceased woman, estimated to weigh 800 pounds, in order to fit it into a crematory, reports WGCL-TV. On Sept. 20, his license was suspended.
William B. Ellenberg III, the funeral director of Metro Embalming and Crematory in Conyers, Ga., confessed to cutting off the fatty tissue on the side of a woman's legs back in July, but defended the action as necessary. "It wasn't disrespectful," he told the local TV station. "I did what I had to do to get the body cremated for the family."
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