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.
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:
So you tell me, what are your feelings on being liquefied?
Am I the only one that is completely grossed out by this option?