Undertakers are experiencing a rush of business with Australians dying in abnormally high numbers in a ‘worrying’ trend doctors can’t explain.
Martin Masson, who is managing director of Tribute Funeral Services in the western Melbourne suburb of Ravenhall, said there is no shortage of work for him and others in the industry as official figures confirm Aussies are dying at a higher rate in 2022.
‘We’ve been consistently busy now since the first of this year,’ Mr Masson told Daily Mail Australia.
‘We have certainly seen an increase in the need for our services as have done a lot of other directors.’
Mr Masson believed more working age Australians are dying but doesn’t have specific statistics to back this.
‘We certainly have seen a distinct shift back to people in their 60s, 50s and even late or mid 40s and even younger,’ he said.
Mr Masson revealed he had been asked a number of times about increased death rates but had no particular explanation other than Covid being ‘let rip’.
However, he noted there had also been more deaths from cancer, heart attacks and other diseases, which he put down to the way Australians live.
‘Processed food, our lifestyle, staying up late, drinking, stress and that’s been very evident through the past couple of years,’ Mr Masson said
‘These all go into causing deaths, whether that’s premature or at their time I don’t know.’
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) confirms Australians have been dying at rate higher than normal this year.
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