As the demand for cremation and cremation urns increases, less and less people are turning to traditional burial for many reasons. Now, a company from New Zealand is proposing that within three years or so, there might be a new method of disposing deceased human bodies. The process does not involve burying or burning but a new method – dissolving.
The firm is from Christchurch and it is on the process of importing a new machine canned the Resomator. It is worth $600,000 but it has the means to liquefy the human body.
According to the backers of the system, the process of dissolving is more eco-friendly compared to the burying and even cremation. It is more sustainable as well.
The challenge is convincing the public to accept the process which means liquefying the body. Another big question is what will happen to the body once it had turned to liquid.
Debbie Richards, a representative from Water Cremation Aotearoa New Zealand, said that dissolving human remains in the country is currently under a blurred line between illegal and legal. Though it is expected that the country will have to decide on the matter in the following years which is why companies’ plans are depending on that decision.
Latest report from the Law Commission urges to amend the current Cremations Regulations Act 1973 in order to adapt with other alternative methods like water cremation which there is a big possibility of coming to New Zealand.
Water cremation is also known as alkaline hydrolysis and the process is legal in countries such as the US and Canada. It is still not operable in Britain because water authorities will not allow that the resulting liquid from the process will be directed to the wastewater system facility. This is however an acceptable method in the United States.
The machine used is actually a chamber with added pressure which helps dissolve bodies in just three hours. Just like cremation with fire which requires cremation urns afterwards, the families of the departed can bring home the ashes from the remaining bones if they wish to do so.