Poole mausoleum reconsidered over fears of ‘corpses exploding and caskets leaking bodily fluids’

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FEARS of corpses exploding and caskets leaking bodily fluids have forced Poole council to reconsider introducing a £60,000 mausoleum to solve the lack of burial space.

The continental-style mausoleum will now only be constructed if there is sufficient demand following a full investigation with funeral directors. Councillors at the meeting of the environment overview and scrutiny committee voiced concerns for moral and ethical reasons, as well as problems over long-term maintenance. Cllr Sally Carpenter said: “I’m against introducing a mausoleum mainly because of the cost of upkeep. As a council we could be responsible for the building and the bodies forever.

“In extreme cases caskets have been known to explode because the bodies turn to liquid and gas when they decompose.”

If constructed it would be one of only two mausoleums currently in operation in the whole of the UK, with the other being in Milton Keynes.

The body is interred above the ground in a tomb and the space can be purchased for around £2,000 for a set period of time.

Chairman of the committee Cllr Tony Trent said: “Mausoleums have presented problems in other countries and in extreme cases bodies have exploded.

“There is an element of urgency regarding this issue though as we are running out of burial space.”

Manager of funeral service Ives and Shand, Shane Watson said: “The problem is about 30 or 40 years down the line your lease on the space runs out.”

The committee unanimously approved the recommendation to re-allocate £101,250 from the remaining £210,000 approved budget for the Moortown site in Canford Magna to the Cemetery and Crematorium Renewal Project.

This will cover the cost of creating additional interment spaces at the cemeteries in Branksome, Parkstone and Poole as the Canford Magna site was deemed “unsuitable”.

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12:16pm Thu 16 Jan 14

smhinto says...

Why not make it law - Cremation only, end of problem.
Why not make it law - Cremation only, end of problem. smhinto

12:28pm Thu 16 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

smhinto wrote:
Why not make it law - Cremation only, end of problem.
Could not agree more! I am not religious at all so a 'black bin bag and bonfire' disposal (post-organ donation) suits me just fine, no landfill thank you.

But even for those who embrace religious or spiritual beliefs surely the 'soul/spirit' has no further use for a worn out and now completely vacated biological vehicle? Mother nature is going to recycle every cell that makes our bodies sooner or later anyway, let's just help her cleanly speed that process up!
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Why not make it law - Cremation only, end of problem.[/p][/quote]Could not agree more! I am not religious at all so a 'black bin bag and bonfire' disposal (post-organ donation) suits me just fine, no landfill thank you. But even for those who embrace religious or spiritual beliefs surely the 'soul/spirit' has no further use for a worn out and now completely vacated biological vehicle? Mother nature is going to recycle every cell that makes our bodies sooner or later anyway, let's just help her cleanly speed that process up! muscliffman

12:48pm Thu 16 Jan 14

High Treason says...

"Poole mausoleum reconsidered over fears of ‘corpses exploding"

At least we could they went with a BANG!
"Poole mausoleum reconsidered over fears of ‘corpses exploding" At least we could they went with a BANG! High Treason

1:18pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Huey says...

Mausoleums are sooo out of date, what they need is an ossuary.
Mausoleums are sooo out of date, what they need is an ossuary. Huey

2:38pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Lord Spring says...

smhinto wrote:
Why not make it law - Cremation only, end of problem.
What about my chilblains they would play up.
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Why not make it law - Cremation only, end of problem.[/p][/quote]What about my chilblains they would play up. Lord Spring

5:00pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Dorset Outsider says...

muscliffman wrote:
smhinto wrote:
Why not make it law - Cremation only, end of problem.
Could not agree more! I am not religious at all so a 'black bin bag and bonfire' disposal (post-organ donation) suits me just fine, no landfill thank you.

But even for those who embrace religious or spiritual beliefs surely the 'soul/spirit' has no further use for a worn out and now completely vacated biological vehicle? Mother nature is going to recycle every cell that makes our bodies sooner or later anyway, let's just help her cleanly speed that process up!
It tends to be the people with no religion who are funny about what happens to the body of loved ones, for the reasons you point out above. Most people of Christian faith believe that a ceremony is required, but after that the body is nothing. Cremation is the solution to overcrowding, but it will make archeology boring in the future!!
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Why not make it law - Cremation only, end of problem.[/p][/quote]Could not agree more! I am not religious at all so a 'black bin bag and bonfire' disposal (post-organ donation) suits me just fine, no landfill thank you. But even for those who embrace religious or spiritual beliefs surely the 'soul/spirit' has no further use for a worn out and now completely vacated biological vehicle? Mother nature is going to recycle every cell that makes our bodies sooner or later anyway, let's just help her cleanly speed that process up![/p][/quote]It tends to be the people with no religion who are funny about what happens to the body of loved ones, for the reasons you point out above. Most people of Christian faith believe that a ceremony is required, but after that the body is nothing. Cremation is the solution to overcrowding, but it will make archeology boring in the future!! Dorset Outsider

6:46pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Carolyn43 says...

High Treason wrote:
"Poole mausoleum reconsidered over fears of ‘corpses exploding"

At least we could they went with a BANG!
Someone's been watching the episode of NCIS where a body in a mausoleum exploded!!!
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: "Poole mausoleum reconsidered over fears of ‘corpses exploding" At least we could they went with a BANG![/p][/quote]Someone's been watching the episode of NCIS where a body in a mausoleum exploded!!! Carolyn43

7:27pm Thu 16 Jan 14

davecook says...

Carolyn43 wrote:
High Treason wrote:
"Poole mausoleum reconsidered over fears of ‘corpses exploding"

At least we could they went with a BANG!
Someone's been watching the episode of NCIS where a body in a mausoleum exploded!!!
I must admit, the last exploding corpse I know of was William 1st who was too big to get into his casket. A large person anyway, he was really bloating up by the time the casket was ready and whilst the bishops tried to force him in, he exploded. Perhaps the council had this in mind when reconsidering the mausoleum...........
[quote][p][bold]Carolyn43[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: "Poole mausoleum reconsidered over fears of ‘corpses exploding" At least we could they went with a BANG![/p][/quote]Someone's been watching the episode of NCIS where a body in a mausoleum exploded!!![/p][/quote]I must admit, the last exploding corpse I know of was William 1st who was too big to get into his casket. A large person anyway, he was really bloating up by the time the casket was ready and whilst the bishops tried to force him in, he exploded. Perhaps the council had this in mind when reconsidering the mausoleum........... davecook

7:29pm Thu 16 Jan 14

davecook says...

Carolyn43 wrote:
High Treason wrote:
"Poole mausoleum reconsidered over fears of ‘corpses exploding"

At least we could they went with a BANG!
Someone's been watching the episode of NCIS where a body in a mausoleum exploded!!!
I must admit, the last exploding corpse I know of was William 1st who was too big to get into his casket. A large person anyway, he was really bloating up by the time the casket was ready and whilst the bishops tried to force him in, he exploded. Perhaps the council had this ghastly scene in mind when reconsidering the mausoleum...........
[quote][p][bold]Carolyn43[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: "Poole mausoleum reconsidered over fears of ‘corpses exploding" At least we could they went with a BANG![/p][/quote]Someone's been watching the episode of NCIS where a body in a mausoleum exploded!!![/p][/quote]I must admit, the last exploding corpse I know of was William 1st who was too big to get into his casket. A large person anyway, he was really bloating up by the time the casket was ready and whilst the bishops tried to force him in, he exploded. Perhaps the council had this ghastly scene in mind when reconsidering the mausoleum........... davecook

8:34pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Oh-yeah says...

"If constructed it would be one of only two mausoleums currently in operation in the whole of the UK, with the other being in Milton Keynes. "

This statement is wrong; there are many modern mausolea being successfully installed and operated in cemeteries across the country (just Google 'community mausolea').

I personally don't have a problem with them; mausoleums have been used for 1000's of years so I don't know who was advising them during their 'full investigation'!
"If constructed it would be one of only two mausoleums currently in operation in the whole of the UK, with the other being in Milton Keynes. " This statement is wrong; there are many modern mausolea being successfully installed and operated in cemeteries across the country (just Google 'community mausolea'). I personally don't have a problem with them; mausoleums have been used for 1000's of years so I don't know who was advising them during their 'full investigation'! Oh-yeah

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