The Comparison Process Of Cremation Vs Alkaline Hydrolysis

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  • 1. The Comparison Process ofCremation Vs Alkaline HydrolysisBy Ann Gibson
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  • 3. Which one to love? Which one is best?
  • 4. For most, the only options are burial orcremation and that ensues a flurry ofmoral and physical debates.
  • 5. Many kept seeking an alternative. Necessity is the mother of inventionquoted in many different ways. But in its finite concept of birthing new ideas; it is the best way to describe the motivational of Alkiline Hydrolysis or Water Resomation.
  • 6. Water is natural way separate and also to blend.When we think of it breaking down items for themost part it is thought that water can take a little longer. That it is not as fast as fire.
  • 7. But in the case of Alkalinehydrolysis that is not true. They are about the same amount oftime once in the decomposition process.
  • 8. Alkaline hydrolysis as a method of final disposition of human remains is currently legal in Florida, Maine, Minnesota and Oregon, among others. The process was legal in the U.S. state of New Hampshire, but a one year moratorium was imposed to allow the technology claims to be studied and validated before public use.
  • 9. In resomation, a body is placed in a steel chamber along with a mixture of water and potassium hydroxide or Lye. Air pressure inside the vessel is increased to about 145 pounds per square inch, and the temperature is raised to about 356 degrees Fahrenheit. After three or more hours, the corpse is reduced to bones that are then crushed into a fine, white powder. That dust can be scattered by families or placed in an urn. Dental fillings are separated out for safe disposal. In Minnesota, Mayo Clinic uses an alkaline hydrolysis process to dispose of donated bodies. In Florida, a commercial resomator has been installed at the Anderson-McQueen funeral home in St Petersburg. The process is currently legal in only seven US states.
  • 10. The end result is a quantity of green-brown tinted liquid (containing amino acids, peptides, sugars and salts) and soft, porous white bone remains ( calcium phosphate) easily crushed in the hand (although a cremulator is more commonly used) to form a white-colored dust.
  • 11. The future is now, and itsbrown, syrupy, and smells like a litter box.
  • 12. On to Cremation..Keeping in balance with allthe elements in nature
  • 13. Fire has been natures way of returningto the earth re-birth since its beginning.
  • 14. This is accomplished through burninghigh temperatures, vaporization and oxidation. The box containing the body is placed in the retort and incinerated at a temperature of 760 to 1150 C (1400 to2100 F).[9] During the cremation process, a large part ofthe body (especially the organs) and other soft tissue arevaporized and oxidized by the intense heat; gases released are discharged through the exhaust system. The process usually takes 90 minutes to two hours, with larger bodies taking longer time
  • 15. Urns are the easiest way to contain theremains and keep them close their loved ones.
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  • 17. well as takingthe ash andpouring intomolten glass tomake actual glassobjects.
  • 18. The hope and thought for both processes ofmeans of final disposition is of a true heartfelt courtesy to our loved ones and our future as a whole on the planet. Both are of the best intentions, but it is personchoice on what will be your direction.
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