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MULTI-FUNCI'IONAL CREMATION

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CONTAINER FOR A CADAVER

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5,425,163

Patent Number:
Date of Patent:

4,780,940 11/1988

Jun. 20, 1995
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[76] Inventors: Raymond M. Von Braun; Robert V.
Milby, both of 906 W. Victoria Ave.,

FOREIGN PATENT DOCUMENTS

#178, Montebello, Cahf- 90640
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1331992 6/1963 France .................................... .. 27/7

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Primary Examiner--Carl D. Friedman

May 28’ 1993

Assistant Examiner-—Beth A. Aubrey

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References cued
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749,763 1/1904 Warner _

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ABSTRACT

A multi-functional cremation container for a cadaver is
provided. A rectangular container is enclosed on ?ve

sides by four container side panels and a bottom panel.
The sixth side is an upwardly facing open top for pro
viding access to the internal volume within the con
tainer. The side panels terminate at the open top in a
?rst annular horizontal peripheral groove and a down~

1,234,130 7/1917 Kersten _

turned externah?ange having a downfacing annular

1,348,579 8/ 1920 Post et a1. .

edge. Each side is sloped so as to allow multiple crema

1,507,957 9/1924 Edwards .

tion containers to be nestled for compact storage and

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1,727,242 9/1929
1 730 666 10/ 1929 Listm

2’004’454 6/1935 w?so? '
2’156’552 5/1939 Taylor """"""""""""""""
2:327:949

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easy transportation. A rectangular cover has a horizon

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ing cover side panels. The cover side panels ?t over the
container ?ange for closing the container, and include

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formed therein a plurality of reliefs for carrying the

2,448,923 9/1948 Skolnik

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casket The top Panel has a Peripheral upwardly facing

2,527,464 10/ 1950 Titmus ..

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second annular horizontal groove for nesting within the

2,579,756 12/1951 Reed
2,617,171 11/1952 K111111191
3,164,880 V1965 Homeless -

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?rst annular groove as a moisture barrier. Each of the
cover side panels includes a latching rib for ?tting
against the downfacing annular edge of the ?ange of the

3'367’004 2/1965 Schnelder '
3’47O’593 10/1969 Baron """ "

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container. Both the cover and the container are manu
factured from a material that roduces no atmos heric

3,545,055 12/1970

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m1 top panel with four peripheral’ downwardly extend_

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3,997,948 12/1976 Hicks
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163 2 bottom panel. illustrating a 2. U.425. Warner. The cover side panels ?t over the container ?ange for closing the container.S. 4 is a top plan view of the invention. Pat. impermeable.923 respectively. 1. Other features and advan tages of the present invention will become apparent from the following more detailed description. tively. The side panels terminate at the open top MULTI-FUNCI‘IONAL CREMATION CONTAINER FOR A CADAVER in a ?rst annular horizontal peripheral groove and a FIELD OF THE INVENTION This invention relates to a casket for the transport. the body and body substances may be when burned. mounted again for funeral preparation. Pat. which illustrate.of the cover side panels includes a tion site. Pat. and then ?nally edge of the ?ange of the container. Edwards.730.666 shows a mortar FIG. The sixth side is an upwardly facing open top 40 for providing access to an internal volume 30 within the container 8.S. cremation container composition made of rice.156. 2 is a cross-sectional view of the invention. possibly stored for identi?cation and mounted for autopsy. 1. The top panel has a peripheral upwardly facing second annular BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Considerable handling of a corpse is required prior to ?nal disposition of the body. wood pulp and water.1 5. No. No. imperme vention. it has become most imperative to treat the deceased with a great deal of care in avoiding the spread of infection. ‘ Additionally. and invention. 2. 3 is a cross-sectional view of the invention. 1. 1. 1 is an exploded perspective illustration of the invention.S. durable. Today.327. storage and cremation of a cadaver. and is at and that these diseases may be highly contagious during once strong. Each. illustrating a Pat. disclose cremation container compositions of paper. and is burned without producing residues and pollutants. both in line of profes The present invention is a multi-functional cremation sional services and mourners. illustrating lamination and pitch impregnated paper respectively in U.att1i butes such as compactness or light weight. 2. Taylor. SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The present invention is a multi-functional cremation container for a cadaver. 45 FIG. Both the cover and latching rib for ?tting against the downfacing annular the container are manufactured from a material that moved to the site for ?nal disposition. like. straw. No.552. The corpse must be moved horizontal groove for nesting within the ?rst annular groove as a moisture barrier. cover side panels.949.348. exposed to a number of people. No. more particu downturned external ?ange having a downfacing annu lar edge. moved again to the funeral site. One portion of the cover from the site of death. Pat. It has long been known container that is able to contain a corpse as well as the that the deceased continue to carry the diseases of the ?uids and noxious vapors expelled from the corpse. more then ever. None of the prior art discloses or claims a cremation container for the intended use which is at once a pathogen barrier and yet provides the other important advantages of the instant invention. Listing U. No. 749. paper.957 discloses a invention.S. The cause of death as well as those incidental to such cause.448. 25 present invention is inexpensive to produce. In such drawings: and which are made of a great variety of materials. Some of the prior art materials are highly ?ammable and do burn with little residue or pollutants. In all of the mov 20 produces no atmospheric polluting gases or vapors ing and handling. 1 shows a multi-functional cremation container 5 for a cadaver. A rectangular container 8 is enclosed on ?ve sides by four container side panels 10 and a bottom panel 20. 30 may be built of a size to ?t into a standard display casket so that the cadaver does not need to be removed from There is a great need for a cremation container for the deceased that is able to contain the corpse and ?uids the present invention at all. Post and Kersten.579 and U. and FIG. Pat. moved to a funeral prepara may be transparent for viewing the contents of the container. Wilson in U. A rectangular cover has a horizontal top larly. cementitious composition. U. taken in expelled therefrom in such a manner that the spread of infection is totally avoided. 1. asphalt over plywood. there is a need for an inexpensive body 35 conjunction with the accompanying drawings. The side panels 10 terminate at the open top 40 in a ?rst annular horizontal peripheral groove 50 65 and a downturned external ?ange 60 having a downfac ing annular edge 70. For example.234. Further. taken generally along lines 2-2 of FIG. The sixth side is an upwardly facing open top for providing access to the internal volume within the container.S.507. handled in preparing the corpse for the funeral.S. with possible viewing. an asphalt tion. to such a casket having certain improvements in use and especially in providing non-polluting combus panel with four peripheral. durable.454 discloses a ?ber outer layer with an asphaltum 50 handhold and a latching rib of the cover of the inven inner layer. illustrating a container and a cover of the FIG. the present invention the period of time from the moment of death to the ?nal disposition of the body. by way of example. Each side is sloped so as to allow multiple caskets to be nestled for compact storage and easy trans portation. downwardly extending tion byproducts. Nos.180 respec sloped side panel of the container of the invention. The ?ange 60 de?nes an annular hand clearance space 80 between the ?ange 60 and the side panels 10 for improved gripping in carrying the . and. 1.763. A rectangular container is en closed on ?ve sides by four container side panels and a a cadaver in the internal volume of the container of the 55 DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT FIG. the principles of the in cremation container which is at once strong. The relevant prior art includes a variety of burial and other cremation container having features of interest The accompanying drawings illustrate the invention. easily stored and shipped in quantity. Some of the prior art materials are strong or have other. taken generally along lines 3-3 of FIG.004. easily stored and shipped in quantity and which is burned without producing residues and pollut BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS ants. West and Skolnik disclose compressed paper. able. 2.

425. the sealing strip 130 may include the adhesive material 6. and rectangular cover having a horizontal top panel with four peripheral. polyallomers. 2. thereby allowing the cover 90 to be more easily removed from the container 8. the cover providing isola tion to the internal volume and additional rigidity to the cremation container. such a 4. a cadaver can be transported. Rather. and the environment is thwarted (FIGS. contained dur 65 7. In one embodiment of 10 the invention. the side panels 10 are sloped (FIG. The is easily removed. 3). when burned. and polypropylenes. The cremation container of claim 1 further includ A sealing strip 130 may be sandwiched between the ing a sealing strip sandwiched between the ?rst and ?rst annular groove 50 and the second annular groove 120 for providing a moisture and vapor barrier such that second annular grooves for providing a moisture and ing funeral preparations (FIG. a plurality of notch-shaped reliefs 111 may be included in the cover side panels 110 for facilitating carrying of the casket 5 when the cover 90 is in place on the container 8. The cremation container of claim 2 wherein the sive material 140 between the strip 130 and the ?rst sealing strip includes an adhesive material being posi annular groove 50 for holding the strip 130 permanently tioned between the strip and the ?rst annular groove. the container being en 25 In the preferred embodiment of the invention. polyethylenes and polypropylenes. to remove the cover 90 each cover 30 side panel 110 must be pulled outwardly until the ?ange 60 of the container disengages the latching means 150 of each cover side panel. Lifting the casket 5 by the notch shaped reliefs 111 does not pull the side panels 110 away from the container 8 enough to disengage the latching 35 means 150. the material producing no atmospheric polluting gases or vapors when burned. the side panels ?tting over the con tainer ?ange for closing the container. groove 50 as a moisture barrier. The top panel 100 (not shown). 2) such that multiple containers 8 may be nestled to cover 90 provides isolation to the internal volume 30 gether for compact storage thereof. it is to be clearly un derstood by those skilled in the art that the invention is not limited thereto. polyethylenes. upwardly facing second annular horizontal groove for nesting within the ?rst annular groove as a moisture barrier. and a bottom panel. the side panels terminating at the open top in a ?rst annular horizontal peripheral groove and a downturned external container ?ange having a downfacing annular edge. embalming ?uids and the like are contained within the inverted cover 90 during funeral preparations. A multi-functional cremation container for a ca daver comprising: side panels 110 and the annular downturned external ?ange 60 are not mutually ?ush when the cover 90 is placed on the container 8. While the invention has been described with refer ence to a preferred embodiment. polyal lomers. being an upwardly facing open top. and cremated in the cremation container. the top panel having a peripheral. the four cover 1.3 5. the cover 90 preferably includes a plurality of 40 parallel cover stiffening ribs 170 extending laterally the top panel 100 for improved casket rigidity. Further. Such a material 45 might include polyole?ns. Such a 3. presented at a funeral. 2 & 3). each of the cover side panels 110 includes a latching means 150. downwardly extending cover side panels. to be interpreted only in conjunction with the appended claims. whereby. Further. four cover side panels and the annular downturned external ?ange are not mutually ?ush so that the cover vapor barrier such that molecular exchange between molecular exchange between the internal volume 30 the internal volume and the environment is thwarted. The cremation container of claim 2 wherein the sealing strip 130 may be manufactured from an ethylene sealing strip is of an ethylene vinyl acetate polyole?n. Alternatively. for improved sealing of the casket. the container 8 includes a plurality of parallel container stiffening ribs 160 extending later ally and longitudinally over the container side panels 10 and bottom panel 20 for improved casket rigidity. presented at a funeral. In use. In one embodiment of the invention. Further. 60 for holding the strip permanently to the container. vinyl acetate polyolefm material. Like wise. As such. a cadaver can be contained during funeral preparation. the scope of the invention is closed on five sides by four container side panels. 4). at least one portion 91 of the cover 90 is transparent for viewing the contents of the container 8. the casket 5 pro has a peripheral upwardly facing second annular hori zontal groove 120 for nesting within the ?rst annular duces no atmospheric polluting gases or vapors. Such a non-?ush condition may be achieved by the relative downward angle of each of the four cover side panels 110 and the relative downward angle of the ex ternal ?ange 60 being unequal (FIG. the ?ange de?ning an annular hand clearance space between the ?ange and the side panels for improved gripping in carrying the con tainer. The side panels 110 ?t over the container ?ange 60 for closing the container 8. What is claimed is: In one embodiment of the invention. for ?tting against the downfacing annular edge 70 of the ?ange 60 of the container 8. The cremation container of claim 2 wherein the sealing strip 130 may be manufactured from an El 55 sealing strip is of ElvaxTM manufactured by DuPont vax TM material manufactured by DuPont Corpora Corporation. to the container 8. and providing access to an internal volume within the container. As such. de?ning. The cremation container of claim 1 wherein the and cremated in the cremation container 5 without being removed from the cremation container 5. Further. . Further. a rectangular container made of a material taken from a group of polymers such as polyolefms. lar groove.163 4 container 8. Both the cover 90 and the container 8 are manufac tured from a material that produces no atmospheric polluting gases or vapors when burned. The cremation container of claim 5 wherein the 140 between the strip 130 and the second annular sealing strip further includes the adhesive material groove 120 for improved sealing of the cremation con being positioned between the strip and the second annu tainer 5. 3). a sixth side. tion. The sealing strip 130 preferably includes an adhe 5. the A rectangular cover 90 has a horizontal top panel 100 with four peripheral. downwardly extending cover side panels 110. such as a raised rib portion (FIG. cover 90 may be inverted and placed on the container 8 such that the cover 90 provides a working surface with a raised lip formed from the four cover side panels 110 and rigidity to the cremation container 5.

The cremation container of claim 1 wherein the cover includes a plurality of parallel cover stiffening relative downward angle of the external ?ange being ribs extending laterally and longitudinally over the cover side panels and the top panel for improved casket unequal. The cremation container of claim 1 further includ ing a plurality of notch-shaped reliefs in the cover side 10. non-?ush condition is achieved by the relative down ward angle of each of the four cover side panels and the 11. against the downfacing annular edge. 9. The cremation container of claim 7 wherein said proved cremation container rigidity. 12.425. The cremation container of claim 1 wherein the 10 panels for use in carrying the cremation container when container includes a plurality of parallel container stiff the cover is in place on the container.163 6 the container side panels and the bottom panel for im 8. ening ribs extending laterally and longitudinally over 1* 15 25 30 35 45 55 65 t if * * . The cremation container of claim 1 wherein each of the cover side panels includes a means for latching rigidity.5 5.