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Need for Funeral Cars Increases During Holidays

December 26, 2008 | | Comments 0

The need for funeral cars and hearses increases during the holidays. I used to work at a flower shop and we always noticed that the funeral homes were always busier between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, but we never understood the phenomenon.

Apparently, however, others have noticed this, too. That’s why several studies have been done to explain it. Here are some highlights of one of those studies:

• More heart-related deaths occur on December 25 than any other day of the year. This applies only to people who are not already in the hospital.
• Of people not already in the hospital, December 26 is the second largest day for heart-related deaths. January 1 comes in third.
• Many people call this phenomenon the “Merry Christmas Coronary” or the “Happy New Year Heart Attack.”
• One reason this may occur is because of all the partying, extra food and sweets that a person endures during the holidays.
• Another reason attributes the increase in deaths to people delaying medical care until after the holidays.
• The study examined more than 50 million deaths from natural causes over a 26-year period.

Funeral cars are an ominous sight around the holidays. Don’t make your family endure this. Take care of yourself during the holidays so everybody can enjoy them together.

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