Saturday, October 01, 2005

File this in the strange category...

A town in Sweden plans to become the first place in the world where corpses will be disposed of by freeze-drying, as an environmentally friendly alternative to cremation or burial. The town of Jonkoping will turn its crematorium into a so-called promatorium next year.

The process involves freezing the body, dipping it in liquid nitrogen and gently vibrating it to shatter it into powder; removing water with a vacuum and using a metal separator to pick out metals such as artificial hips and dental fillings. The remains are then put into a small box made of potato or corn starch and placed in a shallow grave, where it will disintegrate within six to 12 months.

People will be encouraged to plant a tree on the grave — the tree feeding off the compost formed from the body — to emphasize the organic cycle of life.


Paul Schafer said...

Here is my response. When the Lord returns and you become dust and plant matter and sucked up into a tree, how would He resurrect your body from decay?

mrclm said...

I suspect the God of the universe won't have much difficulty finding the various parts He needs to give you a body again (assuming the Rapture doesn't occur before your death...)

Big Chris

Paul Schafer said...

At work, occasionally I get to see people's death certificates and the way people die. It's interesting that there isn't really a common way to die. What they do with body afterward, whether by fire or freeze-drying or mummification or casket, I more interested in the miracle of God taken that body and breathing life into it, like Ezekial and the valley of the dry bones in the last days.