I think it would take a massive change in British sensibilities before people would take promession, the latest innovation in corpse disposal from Sweden, seriously. What do you think? Lets see if the latest media coverage by a Swedish newspaper helps Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak’s cause.
The process of Promession is described as follows:
The body is gently frozen down to -18°C.
It’s then exposed to liquid nitrogen and becomes brittle.
The body is then vibrated, which reduces it to dust.
Water is withdrawn from the remains. Mercury and other metals are separated.
The remains, now significantly reduced in weight and free from harmful contaminants, are put into an organic, bio-degradable coffin.
The coffin may be buried in the living topsoil where it will be transformed into earth in 6-12 months. A tree or shrub may be planted on the grave, it will absorb the nutrients from the remains and new life may flourish.
The remains may now be safely cremated in a small compact
…However, I was struck by the fact that natural burial already achieves the same ends but without the complicated processes to reduce and change the corpse’s composition beforehand (unless of course, someone chooses to be cremated and then have their ashes interred at a natural burial site, which is another debate entirely!). Re-inventing the wheel perhaps?