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Exciting developments are in the works for Antiguan residents, as two entrepreneurs of Antiguan descent currently residing in Canada are planning to build a crematorium in their homeland.
This innovative institution will provide grieving families with another option for dealing with the human remains of their departed loved ones.
With over 600 deaths occurring on the island each year, burial has traditionally been the only option for Antiguans and Barbudans.
However, the entrepreneurs have recognized a market for this alternative form of burial and are eager to bring their award-winning funerary services to their homeland.
The Minister of Health and the Attorney General are working together to ensure that appropriate legislation is adopted by Parliament, while the Minister of Works has reported that preparations are being made at the Public Cemetery at Tomlinson’s to accommodate the new crematorium.
The process of cremation for humans typically lasts between 1.5 to 2 hours. During this process, the body is placed in a specialized container called a retort, which is then heated to a temperature ranging from 1400 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.
This high temperature causes the body to ignite and burn, reducing it to ash over time. Once the cremation process is complete, the ashes are carefully collected and placed in an urn, which is then returned to the family.