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Your final resting place could be down the drain

posted 5/10/2008 1:23:08 PM |
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  StraddleMyNose

Since they first walked the planet, humans have either buried or burned their dead. Now a new option is generating interest - dissolving bodies in lye and flushing the result down the drain. This process is called alkaline hydrolysis and was developed in this country 16 years ago to get rid of animal carcasses. It uses lye, 300-degree heat and 60 pounds of pressure per square inch to destroy bodies in big stainless-steel cyclinders that are similar to pressure cookers. No funeral homes in the U.S.- or anywhere else in the world, as far as the equipment manufactured knows-offer it. In fact, only two U.S. medical centers use it on human bodies, and only on cadavers donated for research. But because of it's environmental advantages, some in the funeral industry say it could someday rival burial and cremation. Getting the public to accept a process that strikes some as ghastly may be the biggest challenge. Psychopaths and dictators have used acid or lye to torture or erase their victims, and legislation to make alkaline hydrolysis available to public in New York state was branded "Hannibal Lecter's bill".

-This is from the AP-

Any thoughts on this from anyone, and would you even consider something like this? How would you prefer when it's your time? As for me, I have a burial plot. Just thinking about this is sickening.

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StraddleMyNose

May 10 @ 1:34PM  
*Off topic*

As for Alex, there is really no change at this time. I will keep everyone posted with any new developments if they should occur.
Sunshine79

May 10 @ 1:37PM  
That's a crazy thought. I have enough courtesy to not flush a pet like a fish or bird down the toilet, why would I do it to a human?? Burial is good enough. I don't know I'd want to be burned when my soul is still part of me....Ewww!
alybai42

May 10 @ 1:39PM  
It is sad to say but I don't think about how I want to be buried..Creamated or Not?

My grandparents were both creamated..My ex husband was..(I would of been happy to do it myself while we were married)

But I do know where I am going to go when I die...
GSpotGina

May 10 @ 1:39PM  
Whatever works. It may seem absurd, but, cremation is close enough.
1bunny629

May 10 @ 1:39PM  
Alrighty then...thank you for the info...I was wondering what they did with bodies after they were given to science for research. I realize I will be dead, but this way of disposing the used and uneeded sounds a little disturbing to me...but I am sure I will get over it...so i guess this is one reason disappearing people never show up again...hmmmm...got a go dig up my will I might want to change it?!
soft_touch938

May 10 @ 1:41PM  
For me, I wouldn't have a problem with it but that's because of my personal beliefs. I know where my soul and spirit are going to be....my body is just a vehicle for them...what happens to it after my soul and spirit are gone doesn't matter to me. Where I'm going I'll receive a new body.

Those are MY beliefs and I don't post them to argue about it with anyone...to each their own.
1bunny629

May 10 @ 1:50PM  
Ok...I understand what Soft is saying...I had to rethink. She is right, and I feel it would probably be easier and save property for things that are still alive...thanks Soft for waking me up!
itsallforfun

May 10 @ 1:55PM  
I am planning on being cremated...hell bury me in the back yard for all i care..I'll be dead it wont matter
bloodyfists

May 10 @ 2:07PM  
hey buddie ur wrong.....there are 2 states that offer it and one of them is maine. try looking ur facts again and finding the other state. and im not talking for medical reasons either these are funeral homes that offer it so if u kno so much about, try finding the names of the funeral homes in maine that offer it along with the other state. ill give u a hint its in the northern part of the us
str8ngr84u2

May 10 @ 2:13PM  
hey buddie ur wrong.....there are 2 states that offer it and one of them is maine. try looking ur facts again and finding the other state. and im not talking for medical reasons either these are funeral homes that offer it so if u kno so much about, try finding the names of the funeral homes in maine that offer it along with the other state. ill give u a hint its in the northern part of the us

Why ya gotta be such an asshole? We all make mistakes.
StraddleMyNose

May 10 @ 2:15PM  
there are 2 states that offer it and one of them is maine.

Alkaline hydrolisis is legal in two states, Minnasota and New Hampshire. Nothing was mentioned about Maine in the artical I read.
lunanegra

May 10 @ 2:16PM  
Postmortem rituals are more to placate the living than the dead.You're dead,what will you know? At any rate its always smart of the deceased to have some form of backup before they go of course,but burial is a waste of land,imo.Cremation is cheaper.
zena343

May 10 @ 2:23PM  

hey buddie ur wrong.....there are 2 states that offer it and one of them is maine. try looking ur facts again

I guess there's one in every crowd, jesus!!

Gross thought there Strad but once you're gone it's not like you're gonna feel anything,,,,,,,I agree with Soft.
bloodyfists

May 10 @ 2:26PM  
im sorry i wasnt trying to be an asshole. and its also legal in maine and its being practiced there as well.
i seen it on the new this morning at 7am thats how i heard about it honestly. they showed a funeral home in maine with the huge chamber and the toilet they use to flush it...im only kidding its not a toilet its a drainpipe thats connected to the bottom chamber. i guess when its fully dissolved they open the hatch and down goes sally
loveableone

May 10 @ 2:37PM  
I prefer to do what I plan, and that would be donating whatever organs I can and then to be cremated - my family knows where my ashes are to be scattered. But if this is the way of the future, so be it.
swyeter

May 10 @ 4:19PM  
I read an article about it in the local paper yesterday. Actually it is very comparable to cremation because the process dissolves the fleshy parts which are mostly water and leaves intact soft skeletal remains that are easily ground into a powder that can be placed in an urn or scattered. As to flushing the liquefied remains; it’s not quiet that simple as it is an highly alkaline residue that has to be environmentally disposed of or neutralized with a base product before flushing.

But as a side note did anyone see the news today where it was discovered that soldiers that were killed in Iraq whose relatives opted for cremation was being cremated not at a mortuary but at a facility that also did animal carcasses?
rnj1013

May 10 @ 4:44PM  
I wanna be cremated and then have my friends smoke my ashes like in How High
lunanegra

May 10 @ 4:57PM  
Oh,I don't know- there's always Life Gem Anyone heard about this? Sentimental,but expensive from what I saw.
greatsax

May 10 @ 6:41PM  
No thanks...I'll pass on going down the toilet...I am having my ashes spread at Glacier National Park...my favorite place on earth.....When people come to see me they can enjoy the lakes and the mountains and the summer breeze and God's creation...that is how I am going out......
straightup_9

May 12 @ 11:11AM  
...But...but...but.......What about the "Soylent Green " Option?...

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