Archdiocesan Catholic Cemeteries director Peter Nobes, who runs Gardens of Gethsemani cemetery just north of the border in Surrey, British Columbia, says alternatives to traditional burials might make a smaller footprint on the environment, but do not offer a body the dignity it deserves.
I am researching into Alkaline Hydrolysis (AH).
I know that AH is permitted under the CEMETERIES AND CREMATORIA ACT 2013 in NSW, however I am having trouble finding any organisations that offer this body disposition method or how many people in NSW are taking this option up.
What information is available about the use of AH in NSW, particularly statistics?
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who died recently at the age of 90 years, was outspoken about protecting the environment, giving speeches and writing articles about the need to take action to combat climate change. He had requested his body be aquamated — considered to be a greener alternative to cremation.
Hamish Horne drew my attention to a Choice Magazine article on "Do it yourself funerals". .
I had written on these matters some years ago, which didn't really resolve anything/ So I thought I might try again, if only to see if anything has changed. I'll focus on the NSW situation, but other Australian jurisdictions will probably be somewhat similar.
A correspondent to the Ottawa Citizen writes "Liquid cremation (better and more accurately termed alkaline hydrolysis) resulting in discharge of its waste hydrolysis product via sewers to our already overburdened rivers, is neither socially nor ethically responsible in this age of recycling. Although rivers were used in pioneer times to carry off slaughterhouse blood and waste, to the detriment of water quality and watershed sustainability, in this age we know better to respect and care for the health of streams and rivers."
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The only thing that’s certain about the future is death. Cremation and traditional burial are the preferred body disposal options, but they’re not the only ones
A UK council’s plan to offer an eco-friendly alternative to cremation by liquefying the dead has hit a blockage after water companies refused permission for flushing the remains down the drain. Here's a sampling of the media headlines:
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People in California no longer need to decide between being buried or cremated when they die. On Oct. 15, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that will allow for new option called "water cremation." LiveScience.com provides some background information on the process.
The ABC's Science website says our options when it comes to disposing of our mortal remains have up until recently been pretty limited.