Date: August 12, 2017
“When poet Jeanette Pickersgill became the first British person to be legally cremated in 1885, it probably seemed unimaginable something so revolutionary would eclipse burial to become the funeral wish of three quarters of us today.
So could flameless ‘green cremation’ be the next big thing? Planners have given the go-ahead for a Resomation unit to be installed at Rowley Regis crematorium in the West Midlands, which could see the UK’s first water cremation take place by the end of 2017.
Also known as alkaline hydrolysis, Resomation is an alternative cremation process which speeds up the way our bodies return to nature when they are buried. Under the earth, a similar hydrolysis process can take years, but with the appliance of science, very hot water and five per cent potassium hydroxide – a compound used in soap and shampoo – a water cremation takes around four hours.
In the United States, more than two and a half thousand green cremations have already taken place, since a company based in Glasgow – and with a factory in Leeds – introduced its revolutionary technology there.”
This is fascinating. I love water, and always liked the idea of being buried at sea…But since that’s not very likely to happen, maybe this is a wet alternative?