Resomation: Just Liquefy Your Dead

1. I know this is supposed to be a fitness blog, not a news blog, so just bear with me.

2. I try to stay away from controversial topics, but lately I’m kind of wondering why, because there’s so much good controversy out there

3. I’m conflicted on the “go green” campaign… I think some things are good, and some things are just flat out ridiculous

Glad that’s out of the way

I should also probably point out that this is NOT the article that I wrote for work, these are my own personal opinions. 

I don’t know if you’ve heard about resomation yet or not, but I first heard about it on my way to work this morning on the radio. I about gagged when they were talking about it, but didn’t give it much thought after that until I got to work. I do a lot of news research at my job, so when I stumbled across it again I read in depth about it and then wrote about it for work. But honestly, I can’t really stop thinking about it which is why I’m here now.

Picture courtesy of Google images

Resomation, if you didn’t know, is an alkaline-hydrolysis process that dissolves your remains. Dissolves them. As in, your body is put into this huge machine called The Resomator (currently available only at the Anderson-McQueen funeral home in Florida – shout out to Paula!) that has a solution in it that liquefies your body down to a brown syrupy substance and bones. The bones can then be ground down to a substance that largely looks like the ashes from cremation, put in an urn or something similar, and given to the family members.

The brown syrupy substance – which they have assured everyone is sterile, non-toxic, and eco-friendly – is put into the water system. And, as if being reduced to a brown “syrupy” substance isn’t enough, there I gag. THE WATER SYSTEM. Nothing like drinking your loved ones, right?

Sandy Sullivan, who founded Resomation Ltd., was quoted by BBC as saying, ““Resomation was developed in response to the public’s increasing environmental concerns. It gives them that working third choice, which allows them to express those concerns in a very positive and I think personal way.”

Are that many people upset about the standard cremation and burial process? I really had no idea.

Apparently, cremation is bad for the environment (cremation is always how I wanted to go) and releases a lot of toxins when done. I personally don’t care to be buried in a box and left to decompose, but I don’t want to be dissolved either and I certainly don’t want Paula drinking me!

If you’re interested in reading further about it, you can check out some of the news sites here:

Choose Liquidation Over Cremation

Want a Green Funeral? Liquefy Your Body with the ‘Resomator’!

Green Alternative to Cremation

So you tell me, what are your feelings on being liquefied?

Am I the only one that is completely grossed out by this option?

 

17 thoughts on “Resomation: Just Liquefy Your Dead

  1. Good girl. Controversy is awesome. And I’m not 100% sure about the go green thing, either, so solidifying our soulmate-ness.

    And resomation? No, I’ve never heard of that, but I don’t care how PURE you tell me it is. I don’t want that shit in my water. Yes, I am so appalled by this that I had to swear on your blog. Honestly, if that’s eco-friendly, then I’m really not on board with the whole “green” thing. I always wanted to do the cremation thing, too. Maybe it’s selfish since it’s bad for the environment, but I think people would rather live with a few more toxins in the air than drink me. Just saying. Ew.

    • I love you, we are DEFINITELY soulmates. You can cuss on my blog when it’s things like this, FOR SURE.

      You would think with all the crap people put in their bodies (helloooo fast food!) that we would be less concerned with the toxins being emitted from cremation, but I guess I’m wrong. I GAG at the thought of drinking dead people… GAG.

  2. As a future elder law attorney, it’s not so much WHAT we do with our remains that bothers me, it’s how expensive it has become. I’m in favor of anything that makes dying easier financially for family members, because the only thing worse than figuring out what to do with remains is figuring out how to pay for it while you’re grieving.

    • I hear ya there – I do think that the average burial/funeral costs (which are in the thousands from what I can see) are completely ridiculous. But (and this is just quick Google searching, so don’t hold me to this and feel free to tell me I’m wrong if you know differently) it appears that the average for cremation is $700 and the cost of resomation is $600 – and that’s not really enough of a difference to me to be jumping on the liquefying band wagon.

      On a different note – elder law attorney, eh? That’s a pretty interesting (and cool!!) career choice – why’d you choose that?

  3. I have never heard of resomation. So happy I read this right as my timer for dinner was going off.

    This is by far the most repulsive thing I have heard of, why would you think to liquefy your beloved and hope that one day you would see them at the bottom of your glass of water! G.R.O.S.S.

    On a side note, controversy is exciting and thrilling and brings laughter to my life when it is not my own controversy!

    (p.s. I believe this is the first time I’ve commented on your wedpage because i just realized I could do it. I normally get my daily Rachael rambles from my phone =] and my rambles I mean the most intellectually stimulating material I read all day…and close behind you is twitter…) HAHAH jk LOVE YOU!

    • HAHAHA ohhh you’re funny. This is why we’re best friends.

      Glad you read this right before dinner :) I mean, I guess if you needed me to I would drink you… but only you lol.

      I’ll be so glad when you’re back for good. Then we can talk about these things in person over wine or margaritas!

  4. Oh man. Way to branch out! Love it!
    I actually find this stuff morbidly interesting. Not too big on being liquefied though. My boyfriend wants to be launched into space while Radiohead performs.
    That’s probably not feasible for most of us, however. :)
    I guess I’m ok with whatever happens but yeah, the idea of being part of drinking water is pretty gross.

  5. This just nasty! It’s a little too close to Breaking Bad for my tastes. If you don’t watch the show, when they need to get rid of bodies they stuff them into a bin and then pour some chemicals on them so they dissolve… it’s just nasty!

  6. This process is about saving the health of one’s family and friends. Here is a link to a great study on the different funeral options: http://www.tno.nl/downloads/TNO%20report%20Environmental%20impact%20of%20different%20funeral%20technologies.pdf
    On January 27, 2011, CycledLife’s first alkali disposition system became the only alkali disposition system in the U.S. operated by a funeral director.
    With our CycledLife process no bones are incinerated. The urn would need to be about 30% larger than one used for cremation. CycledLife’s EcoSpa(TM) returns the fluids as a nutrient enriched water (ANEW) to the soil for use by plant life, not the sewer.
    An alkali disposition does not harm one’s survivors; whereas, cremation and burial harm the living. http://www.CycledLife.com

    • Thank you for the thoughtful comments and the links. As a former funeral director and crematory operator, I know the impact of each method in consumption and waste is huge. Those of you who are grossed out by the resomation process need to think about where all the blood and other bodily wastes from the embalming process are going… right down the drain into a wastewater treatment facility. So… if you drink city water, you’ve been drinking dead people for a long time. Ha. It’s a natural cycle, people. New life springs from decay!! I will be resomated and my family can toast my life with the water (-:

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