What’s the greenest way to dispose of human remains?

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  1. Musika Last in Space Valued Senior Member

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    https://thewalrus.ca/decomposing-bodies/

    The technique is called promession, the facilities that will do the job are called promatoriums, and the first one will open early next year in a converted crematorium in Jönköping, Sweden. Think of the operation as a kind of corpse disassembly line. The dearly departed are first supercooled in liquid nitrogen to about minus 196°C, then shattered into very small pieces on a vibration table. “We wanted to make the body unrecognizable without using any kind of an instrument that you would see in a kitchen or garage,” she explains.

    The first thing likely to strike the mind of readers here, is that we all know that such funeral rites won't work on T-1000 terminators.


    That aside, this technique is remarkably similar to "sky burials".

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ly-guarded-tradition-Tibetan-sky-funeral.html
     
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  3. origin In a democracy you deserve the leaders you elect. Valued Senior Member

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    I think the greenest way would be to grind up the bodies and then extrude them into pellets that could be used as feed on fish farms and hog farms. I don't think this will get a lot of support from the general public but that was not part of the question.
     
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  5. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    Soylent green.
     
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  7. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    Full body donor. My skin will go to help burn victims, via the VA. The rest gets parceled out. I promised to not complain about anything they do after I'm dead.
     
  8. Xelor Registered Senior Member

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    Put it in a pressboard board box and bury it. Let the box and the body decompose. End of story.

    Hell, skip the box if one wants and plant a tree over the corpse. Bodies have been decomposing in dirt for millions of years. Why reinvent the wheel, as it were?
     
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  9. Beaconator Registered Senior Member

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    Well the idea remains the same... Something round which fits on an axle, but white walls gave way to steel belted radials and stone gave way to wood if you believe most neanderthal cartoons like the Flintstones... So the expression itself is sort of lost, but I kind of imagine being frozen and chipped appart as a way to hide remains as opposed to honor the memory of a person. And I like the idea of becoming part of a tree
     
  10. naturallygorg Registered Member

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    I think there's an approved way to dispose of human remains and it is known as resmomation. I think it is an option from cremation. This is somewhat like a water-based method. They consider it as one of the greenest so far.
     
  11. Dinosaur Rational Skeptic Valued Senior Member

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    I have made plans to turn my body over to a medical school
     
  12. Dinosaur Rational Skeptic Valued Senior Member

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    If you want to bury a body, why not bury it without a coffin or clothing?

    Those who object to the above probably believe in a bodily resurrection. The deceased is surely unaware of what happened to his body.​

    BTW: My maternal grandfather was a funeral director. I was astonished at the cost of many funerals.

    Grandfather was often very annoyed when he knew the family of the deceased was far from affluent & charged a minimum amount, later discovering that the family bought a much more expensive monument than they had originally planned.
     
  13. Dinosaur Rational Skeptic Valued Senior Member

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    If you want to bury a body, why not bury it without a coffin or clothing?

    Those who object to the above probably believe in a bodily resurrection. The deceased is surely unaware of what happened to his body.​

    BTW: My maternal grandfather was a funeral director. I was astonished at the cost of many funerals.

    Grandfather was often very annoyed when he knew the family of the deceased was far from affluent & charged a minimum amount, later discovering that the family bought a much more expensive monument than they had originally planned.
     
  14. Dinosaur Rational Skeptic Valued Senior Member

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    Sorry for double Post. I do not know how to get rid of the copy.
     

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