Law amendment clears way for corpses to be boiled in lye – NRK Vestland

The Storting has adopt changes to funeral law that pave the way for “attempts to deviate from the law, usually new forms of burial made possible by new technologies”.

In practice, this means he is now free for “resomation”, a kind of cremation where water and lye replace the flames.

The mixture is heated to 160 degrees, and after three to four hours all moist tissues of the body are dissolved in the liquid. Before this is washed down the drain, acid is added to neutralize the pH value.

The solution can theoretically also be used as a fertilizer.

Eighteen in the bathroom are bony (and prosthetics), which can fit an urn for burial in the cemetery.

Dentures and implants are not destroyed in the process and can be reused.

ZERO STRESS: Vårt Land theologian and commentator Åste Dokka sees nothing wrong with water cremation from a “purely theological point of view”.

Photo: Adrian Nielsen/Vårt Land

Uses one-seventh the energy

Water cremation is one of many new, green and “eco-responsible doctor” “disposal” methods, which many places are forced to use for lack of space, economy and environmental concern.

The director of the company that developed the ‘basic bath method’, Sandy Sullivan, says their alternative uses just one-seventh the energy used in a normal cremation, and the carbon footprint is reduced a third.

Former Peace Prize winner and church leader Desmond Tutu was ‘cremated with water’ in December. The rationale was a lower climate footprint.

Desmond Tutu

GONE FOR LITE AND HOT WATER: Former Peace Prize winner and church leader Desmond Tutu was ‘cremated with water’ in December. The rationale was a lower climate footprint.

Photo: MIKE HUTCHINGS/Reuters

Forced to look for new solutions

-Gthe orange space sector is forced to seek new and innovative solutions. And the investments are much lower than those of a traditional crematorium, explains Alf Bergin, editor-in-chief of business review Cemetery.

However, the method is disputed. Among the hearing bodies that have opposed the change to the law is the Hå Church Council in Jæren.

In hearing reports, they write that “new ways of burying and handling the deceased are an ethical dilemma” and that the limit of what is worthy is for water cremation.

From a church perspective, freeze-drying (video below) and rapid composting have also been called gruesome.

The parish council of Bergen, for its part, supports the new law.

-VI am in favor of new ways of dealing with human remains as long as they are free from climatic considerations and respect for the deceased, says Anne Bjordal Jønsson, head of the cemetery authority in Bergen, to Dagen newspaper.

In the Promatoren, the dead are treated with liquid nitrogen.

The vibrations transform the body into powder.

These freeze-dried pieces of pork show what’s left of the human body. The parts are then placed in a degradable box.

From earth you came, liquid you will become

Theologian Åste Dokka is a commentator in the Christian newspaper Vårt Land and has written a doctorate on the resurrection.

She tells NRK that “the symbolic link between throwing dirt and becoming real dirt is already broken with the possibility of ordinary cremation” and that she does not see anything problematic in the cremation of water “d ‘a purely theological point of view’.

– Whether one is eaten by a lion, mummified in a bog, buried in a coffin or cremated, the hope of bodily resurrection is just as valid. If God can resurrect us after death, then the makeup of our physical remains is no obstacle, she says.

Olav Fykse Tveit is president and first among the bishops of the Church of Norway.

– There was no proper discussion of new methods of cremation at the Episcopal meeting, but there is probably, on the whole, a reason for having the same assessment of this as for cremation like this has happened so far, he says.

Water cremation

PREFERRED CREMATION: The 2018 Cemetery Survey points out that new coffin cemeteries “almost always lead to a loss of topsoil” and that there is a great socio-economic benefit to more cremation.

Photo: Resumation

Water cremation is currently used in several places in the United States and Canada, and several European countries have signaled that they want to adopt the same method.

The public explanation “Equality and Equality” (2014) state that “Cremation and burial are a public responsibility and should be free for the bereaved”.

To this day, it still costs up to NOK 8,000 to be cremated in Norway, while burial of the coffin is free.

In Sweden, the percentage of cremation is almost twice as high as in Norway (80% against 46%).

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