The Resomation-Process is considered another viable method of bio-cremation, and an eco-friendlier way of dealing with human remains after death occurs.
The process itself is carried out in a dignified manner, and just as respectful of the deceased and family members.
A regular casket can be used during a typical funeral ceremony, but it will not be cremated. The casket is "temporary" for
the service onlookers only. Actually, the body is in a silken casket or bag inside which is environmentally friendly, and later transported to a wire or metal type container.
The container, or cage as it is referred to sometimes, is then placed in a machine which will carry out the alkaline-hydrolysis
The steel chamber itself is referred to as the "resomator" and holds a mixture of water and potassium-hydroxide.
Heated to approximately 350 degrees and under a very high pressure, the body goes through a dissolving period which generally takes 3 hours. The resulting remains consist of bones and liquid.
Have you heard of Belgian-resomation? Belgian sewer?
Undertakers in Belgium are really pushing for resomation to reduce the carbon footprint of regular cremation, but there
is talk of the resulting liquids being returned to the ecosystem through their sewer system. This hasn't been met with great enthusiasm by the general public, and the thought certainly does make one raise their eyebrows a little bit.
Regardless, the bones are then turned into a white dust that can be turned over to the family. This type of resomation ash, as compared to typically cremated ash, is different in that it is
much lighter and much finer.
The family can then do whatever they wish with the white ashes in terms of keeping them, burying them or spreading them in different places.
Other than the no burning or burial of a traditional casket, much less energy is required here than during the traditional process of cremation.
There is a much faster natural decomposition of the body than after natural death and natural burial, and produces much lower greenhouse gas emissions than typical cremation, which is
quite appealing in the funeral industry.
The chemicals and caskets typically used in the traditional burial service are around for years and years.
If we can think in these terms, maybe the resomation-process is
something to be looked at seriously.
Resomation actually means "returned to the Earth" and for those looking for the perfect way to leave this earth in a much ecofriendlier style, the idea seems quite fitting and rather appropriate.
It is apparently done in a handful of states in the US, Florida being one of them.
The resomation-process actually originated in Glasgow Scotland, and a patent-pending is in the works.
This form of water-cremation or bio-cremation needs to be approved globally, and I'm sure it could as more and more people get used to the idea.