Friday, 13 March 2015

Resomation, cremation or burial?

We have real problems here when we are approached by the relatives of a loved one who has died.
The main problem is that we have run out of burial space.
The last burial I did was actually going to be the last space in the graveyard but when I got there I found a new grave had been dug much closer to the church...the original one had collapsed as water running down from the hills had weakened the whole area!
For the last six months we have found odd places here and there whilst a new piece of ground is being prepared...
As this has meant cutting down beautiful mature trees there has been a lot of local angst...which I share whilst at the same time knowing that burying people is important to many of us.
If space can be found in old family graves then it is easy...mostly...
I have stipulated in my will that I wish to be cremated...the pint or so of ash is much easier to bury than an entire body.
So I read with interest this morning of a new method of reducing the human body to a manageable size.
It's called Resomation. The body is placed in a sealed container with potassium hydroxide and heated. After three hours all that is left are the bones which are then ground down and given to the relatives of the loved one!
It sounds a bit gruesome but then so do all the other methods of disposal....
I apologise to anyone shuddering at all this but solutions do have to be found in this over populated world...
I have left instructions that I should have a wicker coffin. Putting it in a forest and letting it all disperse naturally sounds OK but the reality is that it will then be cremated and my ashes interred with David's.
Hopefully not too soon!

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  1. Cremation is quite a polluting activity. So this new method might remove some of that. You get the power generated by the process, which can be interred in the same way as ashes. I know where my ashes are going, as does my spouse. I've even marked the spot in my own mind :)

  2. I bought a double plot when John's ashes were interred and have left instructions for my executors to have mine added after my death.
    It saves anyone else having to make the decision, is prepaid, and means that until some decides otherwise we will remain together.
    Simples :-)

  3. I have left instructions to be cremated and my ashes scattered in the Tree Cathedral Whipsnade where I put Ron's remains. Can I say Jean that I Read your Bog every day I really enjoy your thoughts (which don't alway correspond with mine) with interest and sometimes laughter and tears. Keep it up please. Love and hugs as always xx

  4. I was lucky enough to know a Naval chaplain who advised me how to pack my parents' ashes for disposal (and eventual dispersal by the tides) out in the Thames estuary. Paper bag inside cardboard box with large holes, and a short goodbye from closest family. The sailing ship we went on is apparently asked for permission to do this quite often.