Tuesday, February 8, 2011

My Love-Hate Relationship

Is with one of these.  Let me introduce you to the mortuary cot. 

This model is similar to the one I use.  Did you know that these things go for over $2,200?  Did you know that they are rated to be able to handle 1,000 lbs?  Yes, I got it right, 1,000 lbs.  I've never had a 1,00 lb body, but I have had to handle  700 lb and  750+ lb bodies in the past.  I'm sure you've heard the horror stories about bodies being removed from residences with flat bed trucks and all the "indignity" involved.  Let me tell you one thing- there is often little dignity in death.  We try our best to be as respectful as possible, but when it comes down to it, the person is already dead and those responsible for transporting the dead are trying not to get injured.  Just because that cot above can handle 1,000 lbs doesn't make it any easier to get a body onto it than one that couldn't.  This is one of those things that very few people think about.  

I may be back to ramble more on the subject.  

2 comments:

  1. Hmm...You're right, I'm one of those people who have never thought about this... 1,000 pounds sounds like a lot of work.

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  2. One more reason to drop some weight, huh?

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