Biodegradable Burial

The promession-process uses liquid-nitrogen in a promatorium- facility as a biodegradable-burial method for loved ones.

Susanne Wiigh-Masak, a Swedish biologist patented this method back in 1999, with the idea that human remains can be returned totally back to the ground for the good of contributing to eco-friendliness. Promession is derived from the latin meaning "promise" and appropriate to this method.

As with any other funeral service for the deceased and family members, this method is considered by many a respectful and dignified way of dealing with human remains.

This system involves liquid nitrogen, which freezes the body to minus 18 celcius in a machine called a "promator" and takes place in a facility called a "promatorium." This process takes anywhere from one to two days.

The body then becomes very very brittle, and with ultrasonic vibrations, it is then gently broken up into particles and tiny pieces. At this point, things like fillings and medical devices are removed for recycling purposes.

No toxins have been released during the process.

The remains are moisture-less and odorless, and very light in weight, as the body weight has been reduced to one-third at this point.

A very small biodegradable casket will now hold the final powdered result and can be buried in the ground. Within 6 months to one year, everything will naturally decompose into the soil and provide the ground with the nutrients it needs to be healthy and productive.

After the promession-process, we are literally left with freeze-dried human remains, and the idea of freeze-drying-remains this way and under these circumstances, may not sound very appealing to the general public, but with space becoming more and more limited in this world, options have to be considered. It seems to be inevitable.

The promatorium is yet another choice we may have as time goes on. It may not be a matter of choice either someday, who knows, when it comes to reducing carbon footprints.

Sweden and the UK are making use of this method now. As other newer methods and technologies are made available, it's mainly a matter of we as people being open to new ideas and not just only to the traditional ways we are accustomed to now when it comes to burials for our loved ones and ourselves.

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