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body 'liquefaction' unit unveiled in Florida funeral home
09-19-2011, 02:41 PM,
Video  body 'liquefaction' unit unveiled in Florida funeral home

A Florida funeral home has introduced an eerie alternative to burial or cremation - body liquefaction.

The stainless steel machine can dissolve a corpse in just under three hours, and the 'brownish, syrupy' liquid is then pumped into the municipal water system.

The bones remaining can be ground down and returned to the family, rather like ashes from a cremation.

Resomation (from the Greek 'resoma' meaning 'rebirth of the human body') is an environmentally friendly alternative to burial or cremation, according to a BBC report.

The Anderson-McQueen funeral home in St Petersburg had the body liquefier put in just days after Florida became the seventh state to legalise the machines.

They plan to try it out on some dead bodies over the coming weeks.

The 'alkaline hydrolysis' unit, installed by a Glasgow-based company called Resomation Ltd, works by submerging the body in a solution of water and potassium hydroxide, which is then pressurised and heated to 180C for two-and-a-half to three hours.

The end result is a small quantity of green-brown tinted liquid containing amino acids, peptides, sugars and salts and soft, porous white bone remains which are easily crushed.

The white ash can then be returned to the next of kin of the deceased.

The liquid can be recycled back to the ecosystem by being applied to a memorial garden or forest or simply put into the sewerage system.

“Everything Popular Is Wrong” - Oscar Wilde
09-21-2011, 11:26 AM,
RE: body 'liquefaction' unit unveiled in Florida funeral home
Better than allowing people to bury their rotting corpses in the ground imo. Cremation all the way for me, there may be an after life but there is no resurrection. Who would want to be a rotting zombie anyhow?

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