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The Resomation Process

The Resomation Process is a relatively new procedure that claims to be an even greener alternative than cremation. In the The Resomation Process, the body is placed into a resomator. Instead of fire, the procedure involves water and an alkali-based method -also known as alkaline hydrolysis – to break the body down chemically.


How Long Does a The Resomation Process Take?

The process is normally 2-3 hours long, the same length as an average cremation and once complete, a sterile liquid and bone ash remain. The sterile liquid is returned to the water cycle and just like cremation the bone ash remains are placed in an urn and returned to loved ones.


What Happens During the The Resomation Process?

During the process, the body is dissolved in a pressurized chamber heated to 150º-170º Celsius (302º-338º Fahrenheit) that contains water and a strong alkali, usually potassium hydroxide. Reformation is similar to an accelerated version of when bodies are buried in the earth and decomposed by alkaline hydrolysis naturally. After resomation, a liquid containing amino acids, peptides, sugar, mild soap and “bone shadows” (pure calcium phosphate that look like solid bone) are supposedly the only two products that are left. The bone shadows can be crushed and placed in an urn like ashes for the loved ones.


What About the Leftover Water?

Around 350 liters of waters are used for each body that is dissolved using this alkaline hydrolysis. Most of the water treatment facilities will recycle that water and will recycle the organic nutrients they retrieve from that water, so it is not lost. The remaining water is high in potassium, a main nutrient found in plant fertilizer, and can be used to help plants grow if laws allow for this. Other eco-friendly benefits that resomation is said to offer are: no mercury emissions (unlike modern burial and cremation), limited carbon emissions, the units last longer than cremators (about 30 years as opposed to 10-20 years), no burning of caskets (saves trees and reduces carbon dioxide emissions), and is more energy efficient than cremation.

The Resomation Process

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