Cremation Heats Homes (In Sweden)


Boras, Sweden – Where does heating for homes come from? From the crematorium of course.

You might be surprised to learn that the heat used to cremate the dead in Boras, Sweden is recycled into heating for homes. After the cremation chamber is clean the heat is diverted to warm water. That water is then circulated through a central heating unit, where air flows through, heats up and warms the house. Lanyard Nelson, a Baptist preacher in Helsingborg, Sweden says, “No one wants Aunt Astrid heating up the living room.” And one crematorium heats 60,000 homes and boasts 10 percent of the local energy company’s needs over the past six months. That’s a lot of living rooms.

Roger Bergstrom, head of the local energy company, said there was a rather “lively argument” over the project. Throughout the world talk has erupted about the quality of this perhaps too-green initiative. Henrik Nystrom, a pastor in Boras said, “I have a very serious problem with this.”

On the other hand Bengt Engberg of the Church of Sweden says “This is perfect for the environment.” A lost family member helping other people is actually a really comforting thought. “It’s only sensible,” said Borje Stolt the chief inspector of Helsingborg crematorium in southern Sweden. “It’s environment-friendly, and relatives can console themselves in the knowledge that the death of a loved one benefits the whole community.”

Written on behalf of In the Light Urns

2 responses

  1. ““No one wants Aunt Astrid heating up the living room.””
    I beg to differ. Anyways, it’s not the combustion of the body that provides the heat. It’s heat required to burn the body in the first place in the form of the propane. The bodies themselves contain negligible ‘fuel’.

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