I’ve always known I’d be cremated. It’s never even been a question. I’m from India, we don’t bury our dead, we cremate them. The physical body is no longer, & the soul is freed. No biggie.
I think more & more ppl in the US are now cremating too. I think it’s becoming more widely accepted everywhere.
But I just saw this note on Time Mag’s website:
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint When You’re Dead that read…
With something called “bio-cremation,” a liquid chemical is used to dissolve the body, no fire or global warming emissions necessary.
The LA Times reports on funeral homes and crematoria are trying to get bio-cremation, a.k.a. alkaline hydrolysis, legalized in California. The process is not only environmentally friendly, it costs about the same as standard cremation—which is a lot less expensive than a standard burial:
The average price to the consumer for alkaline hydrolysis is expected to be about $2,500, similar to prices charged for cremation by fire.
Either process is far below costs far less than the $7,500 cost for a conventional funeral and burial in a casket.
Here’s the deal. I understand that the fire causes more emissions. But for one thing, I love fire. Fire is cool. Well, hot. But you know what I mean. It’s enchanting.
I don’t want to be dissolved by chemicals. That’s like the “black oil” & that other crazy stuff from the X-Files. It’s the stuff scary tv shows & movies are made of.
I mean, I work consciously to recycle, save water, conserve energy. I think about every last thing I throw away. I just replaced my wiper blades & am looking up the best way to recycle, or give them to be re-used.
I mean, I’m going to be dead for cryin out loud. Can’t I just have that one thing & be burned?
Do your ppl even get your ashes if they use the chemicals? & fire is natural. Earth, water, & fire. There’s no mention of alkaline in that.