Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Instead of Cremation, Florida Funeral Home Now Offers Option to Liquify Bodies

Finally, there's a third option to dealing with human remains aside from the age-old choice between burial and cremation. Now, bodies can be liquified as a more eco-friendly alternative.

The Anderson-McQueen funeral home in St. Petersburg has just installed the device from a Glasgow-based company to give it the option of liquifying bodies, according to the BBC, and will start using it in the coming weeks.

Known as alkaline hydrolysis to the pros, the body is submerged in a solution of water and potassium hydroxide, while the machine is pressurized to nearly 150 psi and heated to around 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Around three hours later, the body is reduced to a skeleton, and the sterile mixture that contains the remnants of body tissue is drained into the municipal sewage system -- which a biochemist told the BBC is completely safe.

The skeleton is then ground up and delivered to the family just like the ashes from a traditional cremation. more