31 August 2011

A green - and appalling - way to dispose of the dead

The BBC reports on a new process of dealing with bodies of the deceased that is more eco-friendly than cremation: resomation.
Here's how the new process works, with my emphases:
The system works by submerging the body in a solution of water and potassium hydroxide which is pressurised to 10 atmospheres and heated to 180C for between two-and-a-half and three hours.

Body tissue is dissolved and the liquid poured into the municipal water system. Mr Sullivan, a biochemist by training, says tests have proven the effluent is sterile and contains no DNA, and poses no environmental risk.

The bones are then removed from the unit and processed in a "cremulator", the same machine that is used to crush bone fragments following cremation into ash. Metals including mercury and artificial joints and implants are safely recovered.
Is anyone else disgusted by this?  This demonstrates that little concern society today gives to the dead.  What happened to the time when the bodies of the deceased were honored and treated as temples of the Holy Spirit?

Read more if you can stomach it.

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