For years, leaders in the Cayman Islands community have been saying we are running out of space to bury loved ones. Now — for the first time — the families of those who die will soon have an on-island alternative to burial.
Bodden Funeral Services is installing Cayman’s first crematory.
This custom-built, 26, 000-pound machine runs on propane and does not release emissions.
Bodden Funeral Services General Manager Scott Ruby expects it to be up and running by next week, following final planning approval and manufacturer’s checks.
Mr. Ruby says with limited burial space in Cayman, cremation is an option in demand.
“People who pass away who opt for cremation, who their families opt for cremation, have to send them either to the States or to Jamaica,” Mr. Ruby said. “Then you add the expense of air fare plus the stress of time, getting the person there, getting the person back.
“We currently have four people in our care that are waiting for next week just to go ahead and be among the first to be cremated here.”
Mr. Ruby says there are several security measures in place to ensure the machine cannot be improperly used.
He also says two Caymanian employees at the business will be certified as crematory technicians.