Thursday, April 5, 2012

Ohio Funeral Homes Blocked From Liquefying Bodies

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio funeral home that was blocked from dissolving bodies using lye and heat has joined a funeral directors’ group in pushing for the state to legalize the process.

Under a bill in the Ohio House, the state would recognize alkaline hydrolysis as a separate legal, regulated form of disposition, rather than lumping it in with traditional cremation, as some states have done. The bill was introduced in March after a judge’s ruling blocked Edwards Funeral Service in Columbus from using the process, which involves the corrosive chemical lye, heat and sometimes extra pressure in a large metal cylinder. The method turn remains into a liquid that could be poured down a drain and a dry bone residue that can be given to relatives or buried. Read More