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There is more left behind than “pure white bio-ash” however. Cremation distributes the
body into the air as gases and particulates, leaving behind only the unburnable parts,
which are returned to the family as ashes. The law of conservation of matter tells us that
when you dissolve a body with chemicals, you have a full body’s worth of mass left
somewhere, plus all the water and chemicals. The softened, crumbly bone residue is
simply the stuff that remains undissolved. The rest of it--the “small quantity” of liquid
that Wikipedia says is left behind—is in fact about 100 gallons of effluent per 150-pound
body*. This effluent usually has a pH too high to be discharged directly into the sanitary
sewer system, since it will kill the working bacteria at the sewage processing plant, so it
must first be treated to lower the pH before it can enter the waste processing stream.
Resomation providers, wishing to stress the dignity and respectfulness of their process,
will probably omit the bit about becoming sewage. But then, there is nothing particularly
dignified about being embalmed or being eaten by worms either
Originally posted by paleorchid13
I had my heart set on my ashes being turned into diamonds , :
Originally posted by mamabeth
I wonder why they dump this into our water supply?
Originally posted by rogerstigers
Although from a historical relevance point of view, one might expect quick, clean, and effective body disposal methods to start arriving just before the need for mass removal of bodies does... hmmm
Originally posted by Fractured.Facade
Why does anyone really care what happens to your body when it is dead, and YOU are gone?
Originally posted by ModernAcademia
But I still do wish to be cremated