The only things certain in life are death and taxes. With the former, you (or your family) get to decide what happens to your body when you die. Traditionally, people opt to be buried or cremated. There are several different types of dead body preparation, one of which is environmentally friendly, can produce a tree, and cuts down on the overcrowding of cemeteries: Promession. The only issue is it isn't legal... yet
Promession is a process in which you are electing to freeze your body after your death. In a nutshell, promession freeze-dries a corpse and prepares it for natural decomposition in the earth. The process may sound a little radical to some, but there are benefits of promession. Unfortunately, postmortem industries which have existed for hundreds of years are doing everything in their power to make sure this environmentally conscious postmortem option stays illegal.
The Process Freezes The Body, Removes Metals, And Then Shatters It
The process of promession may sound like a complicated and delicate procedure, but it only takes about five minutes. The body starts in a casket. Instead of dressing the body for a funeral, though, the casket is then tossed into a big bucket of liquid nitrogen with a temperature of -196 degrees Celsius.
The casket is removed from the liquid nitrogen. It is so brittle that a minor vibration quickly shatters it. The remaining water is evaporated out of the powdery remains, and magnets are used to remove any metals (like teeth fillings).
What is left is comparable to freeze-dried marshmallows - they’re rock hard but turn to dust as soon as you try and take a bite. That’s basically what happens here; the body has been freeze-dried.
It Is An Environmentally Friendly Alternative To Cremation
Many people like the tradition of scattering ashes and do not like the idea promession would eliminate this practice. However, if fans of cremation knew what really goes down in the crematorium, they might feel okay opting out.
Cremation is by far the most popular method of burial in the Western world and its at an all-time high. It is however, straight up terrible for the environment. Burning a body takes about an hour and a half. That’s 90 minutes of corpse smoke being pumped into the air for each person who gets cremated on a given day around the world. The mercury in items like teeth fillings and artificial metal limbs - along with the body’s natural sodium chloride - release toxins, which isn't so great for crematorium staff members.
Moreover, what is not well-known is this initial fire does not burn the corpse’s bones and metal additions. These items need to be separately crushed in a machine called a cremulator. These are the ashes that are given to the grieving family - crushed up bones and teeth fillings.
Your Remains Are Placed In A Biodegradable Coffin
The current method of coffin burial is bad for the soil because the coffin adds no nutrients to the earth, and the finish on the wood is toxic. While the thought of just laying our deceased out to rot is alarming, there is a better way to let humans return to the earth in an eco-friendly way: Turn them to compost. The remains of the deceased after the promession process are put into small biodegradable coffins that can be buried at a grave site. In a matter of months, the materials break down and become a nutritious fertilizer.
You Can Choose To Have A Tree Grow Out Of Your Composted Remains
If one chooses to do a traditional grave site with their promessed remains, they can also choose to have a tree or flowers planted on their grave. Because of the biodegradable coffin, the soil at the grave site is rich with nutrients and ripe for the circle of life to continue. The plant that grows from the grave site will be grown with the organic materials of the deceased. It may sound horrifying to eat fruit from a tree grown out of a dead person, but the truth is, we've been doing it for centuries and been okay.