Resomation: The Flameless Green Cremation

People are becoming more mindful of their environmental impact due to the environmental challenges that we face every day. Industries have changed their business concepts and strategies in order to uphold their corporate social responsibility to the environment, too. More importantly, industries such as the funeral industry had also decided to move forward to do their part.


Environmental challenges had allowed for the development of a greener way to cremate a deceased body. Though there are still a lot of cultures and societies that prefer traditional funerals, there are already some communities who are open to the idea and are practicing cremation.

In line with this, resomation has a lot of similarities with that of cremation. Their difference starts in the use of a resomation tank instead of a crematorium. The resomation tank or the resomator is a specialized pressure chamber. The body is immersed in the chamber with water and potash lye solution. The process of immersion is called the alkaline hydrolysis.

After which, the pressure tank’s temperature is increased with the use of a gas powered steam. Once the tank reaches the prescribed temperature, a reaction on the solution and boy will occur. The process takes at least three hours.

During this time, the body is created into two substances; ash and bio-fluid. The ash is composed of calcium phosphate found in the bones. The bio-fluid is made up of amino acids, peptides, salt, and sugar. The bio-fluid is drained from the tank and disposed of. The ash is then kept and given to the family or friends of the deceased to be kept or scattered.

With the said process, it can be construed that resomation is typically the same with cremation, but without the flames. It’s one of the choices that people can choose to do with their dead body once they die or the choice that their relatives can make for them.

Benefits of Resomation

The green-cremation is considered to be an eco-friendly alternative to traditional cremation. However, it uses lesser energy to cremate the body. Resomation only uses one-third of the energy used in cremation which is a substantially lower energy consumption. It also means that green-cremation has less mercury and carbon emission.

Aside from this, transporting the ashes also requires lesser energy consumption. Moreover, it also doesn’t require any ground maintenance compared to traditional funeral and burials.

Laws

In the UK, the law prescribes that water cremation is legal. However, it is still subjected to health compliance. This is important because the law still does not consider the process as a means of burning a body. As such, it falls outside the current regulation that envelopes the process of cremation.

In the Netherlands, resomation has not been legalized. Researchers are still looking for means to create an argument to legalize the process. In Canada and America, the process must be authorized in each state for businesses to use it. There are already 14 states who had approved the use of resomation.

Green Cremation Funeral

Resomation still follows the similar funeral services. The funeral still follows the traditional funerals followed by the culture or religion of the deceased or his or her family.

 

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