Are one of these burials in your future? Let’s look changes and options, over last few years. What funeral homes need to offer more than embalming or cremation.
On May 1st, 2020, Washington State became the first state in the US to allow composting human remains as a legal method of disposition. Composting bodies was previously not possible and may give some people a general sense of uneasiness, but it’s one of the most environmentally friendly and natural methods of disposition available today.
Considering types of burials for you or your loved one can be a difficult decision to make. Throughout history, people of many communities have venerated the deceased by way of burial or incineration. However, there are many types of burials to choose from today. This guide takes an in-depth look at four different types of burials, so you can make the best decision for you or your loved one. https://legacyheadstones.com/types-of-burials
The Pacific Northwest leads the nation in the percentage of families that chose cremation as their preferred method of disposition of the body upon death. The rate is currently around 77%. Until May 1, 2020 the only alternative to cremation was traditional burial in Washington State.
Hydromate – an alkaline process
Now there is a very interesting third alternative that we have been watching for the last 10 years. Hydromation® is our registered trademark of a process called alkaline hydrolysis. We have created a new word to use as the verb, to hydromate. https://bartonfuneral.com/hydromation/
As of June, 2020, alkaline hydrolysis is a legal method of disposition to varying degrees in eighteen states, including Alabama, California, Oregon, Minnesota, Maryland, Maine, Kansas, Illinois, Florida, Colorado, Georgia, Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada, California, Utah, and Washington.
RCW 68.04.290 – “Alkaline hydrolysis” or “hydrolysis” means the reduction of human remains to bone fragments and essential elements in a licensed hydrolysis facility using heat, pressure, water, and base chemical agents
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At Solace, we think there’s a better way. It is in that spirit that we’ve partnered with Carbonfund.org Foundation. Carbonfund.org supports three different types of carbon offset projects: renewable energy, forestry and energy efficiency. By funding these projects, organizations and individuals can reduce their impact on the environment and fight climate change. https://www.solacecares.com/carbon-neutral/
Using 90% less energy and with 10x less C02 emissions, water cremation is the clear environmental choice. A single flame cremation produces an average of 534.6 pounds of carbon dioxide, not to mention the toxic emissions from mercury or silver dental fillings. Any implants, including artificial joints, pacemakers, or fillings, can be recycled safely after the process is completed. https://www.beatreecremation.com/water-cremation
Tree Pod Burial
According to the Green Burial Council, burials in the United States use about nearly 5 million gallons of embalming fluid and tens of millions of feet of hard wood. Millions of tons of concrete and tens of thousands of tons of metals, inlcuding bronze each year. Cremation is more difficult to put into perspective, and while better for the environment, it is not without serious consequences. It’s still in its beginning stages, being a work in progress as of today, according to their website. This service is Not available yet.
Composting your body called Recompose
Recompose works directly with you and the people in your life to ensure respectful, empathetic service from the time
of death through the body’s transformation into soil. https://recompose.life/death-care/
Carbon in Ashes Diamonds??
A question we’re often asked is, “Is there enough Carbon in ashes after cremation to use for the diamond process?” The answer is: “Yes, absolutely!” https://eterneva.com/blog/carbon-in-cremated-ashes/
In fact, there 1-4% of Carbon in cremated remains. We only need 1 gram of Carbon to grow a diamond, so there is more than enough in cremated remains for the memorial diamond process. https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator
This video shares several different kinds of burials, are one of these burials in your future?
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