And Away Goes Daddy, Down The Drain

Burial and cremation are so passé . The emerging, green way to take care of the dead is alkaline hydrolysis—dissolving bodies in lye. Taking a tip from mass murderers, they put the body in a stainless steel pressure cooker with a strong lye solution, heating it to 300 degrees under 60 psi of pressure. The result is a brownish, syrupy residue that gets flushed down the drain and a dry bone residue the bereaved can have. So far the process is only being used to get rid of animal carcasses but a New Hampshire funeral home is trying to get clearance to offer the service. Hopefully they’ll offer a 55-gallon drum for the remains that can be buried in the backyard. Pass the Drano, please.

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