A Need For Change
Resomation is a dignified and respectful water based alternative to burial and cremation with clear environmental benefits
Sandy Sullivan the founder of Resomation when he made an impassioned statement
A funeral involving Resomation is the same as one involving flame cremation until the point at which the body is committed from public view. In Resomation a special wool coffin is placed into the Resomation chamber, and instead of fire, uses a water and alkali based method – also known as alkaline hydrolysis – to rapidly reduce the body sympathetically to ash. Nature also uses a form of alkaline hydrolysis after burial to help reduce the body to bone.
The process is on average 3-4 hours long and once complete the pure white bone ash that remains is returned to the family in an urn as happens with flame cremation.
So outside of a quieter and less environmentally damaging process than flame cremation the public will see no real difference to the funeral service process or the returning of ash.
The actual term Resomation was thoughtfully chosen using “Resoma” which is a Greek/Latin derivation for “rebirth of the human body” ie resolving the body back to the basic organic components and its rapid and beneficial return to our eco-system to be re-used as nature had designed. Our bodies only borrow those finite organic/inorganic building blocks during our life and we need to eventually return them. This happens with Resomation as with natural burial. They are effectively lost /destroyed with flame cremation as well as adding to greenhouse gasses and climate change.
Not what nature had intended in retaining the valuable building blocks of life.
The key differences are in reducing the ever increasing negative impact on our fragile environment…