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Thursday, September 29, 2005

An excellent idea.

This is the way I want to go.

Sweden's new funeral rite
Bodies freeze-dried, powdered and made into tree mulch

A town in Sweden plans to become the first place in the world where corpses will be disposed of by freeze-drying, as an environmentally friendly alternative to cremation or burial. Jonkoping, in southern Sweden, is to turn its crematorium into a so-called promatorium next year.

Swedes will then have the chance to bury their dead according to the pioneering method, which involves freezing the body, dipping it in liquid nitrogen and gently vibrating it to shatter it into powder. This is put into a small box made of potato or corn starch and placed in a shallow grave, where it will disintegrate within six to 12 months.

People are to be encouraged to plant a tree on the grave. It would feed off the compost formed from the body, to emphasise the organic cycle of life.

The national burial law is currently being updated to accommodate a practice that is expected to spread across the country over the next few years.

The technique was conceived by a Swedish biologist, Susanne Wiigh-Masak, 49, who said: "Mulching was nature's original plan for us, and that's what used to happen to us at the start of humanity - we went back into the soil."


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4 Comments:

At 7:03 AM, Blogger kenju said...

This makes a lot of sense. Do you think that process will cost more than cremation?

 
At 7:21 AM, Anonymous Bill said...

Nothing to do with this post.

Heard this on the radio:

Wurdeman: One evening I was already in bed at night and three singers were walking by my window singing a lullaby from western Georgia, just enjoying the night air.

Wurdeman threw on some clothes and ran after the singers.
http://www.theworld.org/globalhits/index.shtml

 
At 12:34 AM, Blogger Kimberly said...

I like this idea, especially the tree-planting part. What kind of tree would I want to become part of? Perhaps a purple-leafed plum...

 
At 11:07 AM, Blogger EdWonk said...

For me, It's gotta be an oak.

 

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