Florida Funeral Home Unveils New Body ‘Liquefaction’ Unit

resomatorThere are many things to consider when taking care of funeral arrangements: did the person want to be buried, cremated, or liquidated? This ‘alkaline hydrolysis” unit is thought to be more environmentally friendly than the traditional cremation process. BBC News reports:

A Glasgow-based company has installed its first commercial “alkaline hydrolysis” unit at a Florida funeral home.

The unit by Resomation Ltd is billed as a green alternative to cremation and works by dissolving the body in heated alkaline water.

The facility has been installed at the Anderson-McQueen funeral home in St Petersburg, and will be used for the first time in the coming weeks. It is hoped other units will follow in the US, Canada and Europe.

The makers claim the process produces a third less greenhouse gas than cremation, uses a seventh of the energy, and allows for the complete separation of dental amalgam for safe disposal.

Mercury from amalgam vaporised in crematoria is blamed for up to 16% of UK airborne mercury emissions, and many UK crematoria are currently fitting mercury filtration systems to meet reduced emission targets.

[Continues at BBC News]

17 Comments on "Florida Funeral Home Unveils New Body ‘Liquefaction’ Unit"

  1. “16% of UK airborne mercury emissions” — Umm….how many bodies are they burning in the UK?!

  2. “16% of UK airborne mercury emissions” — Umm….how many bodies are they burning in the UK?!

  3. Why don’t they just bury the fuckers without using all the embalming fluid and shit? 

  4. Anarchy Pony | Aug 31, 2011 at 1:11 pm |

    Why don’t they just bury the fuckers without using all the embalming fluid and shit? 

    • Malkiyahu | Aug 31, 2011 at 1:17 pm |

      I concur. On a side note, I would drink Amanda Seyfried.

    • Ah, but all the embalming fluid and shit is necessary to preserve the carcass at room temperature long enough to hold a wake and open casket funeral.  It’s easier to engineer a greener alternative to cremation than it is to engineer mourners who have a healthy relationship with the fact of human mortality.

  5. Malkiyahu | Aug 31, 2011 at 5:17 pm |

    I concur. On a side note, I would drink Amanda Seyfried.

  6. Anonymous | Aug 31, 2011 at 5:27 pm |

    eww?

  7. Penguins4Life | Aug 31, 2011 at 5:44 pm |

    Great another new stupid way that one can commit murder on CSI. Wee…….

  8. Penguins4Life | Aug 31, 2011 at 1:44 pm |

    Great another new stupid way that one can commit murder on CSI. Wee…….

    • Anarchy Pony | Aug 31, 2011 at 2:01 pm |

      You think that is the industry that drives this stuff? Kind of like how the military occasionally creates something with civilian uses?

  9. You think that is the industry that drives this stuff? Kind of like how the military occasionally creates something with civilian uses?

  10. Anonymous | Aug 31, 2011 at 6:09 pm |

    how ‘brave new world’ of them

  11. JoiquimCouteau | Aug 31, 2011 at 2:09 pm |

    how ‘brave new world’ of them

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  13. Anonymous | Sep 2, 2011 at 2:37 am |

    Ah, but all the embalming fluid and shit is necessary to preserve the carcass at room temperature long enough to hold a wake and open casket funeral.  It’s easier to engineer a greener alternative to cremation than it is to engineer mourners who have a healthy relationship with the fact of human mortality.

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