Ask a Mortician: Alkaline Hydrolysis

Cremation

Posted on November 25, 2014 by Cindy Phan

Alkaline hydrolysis, otherwise known as flameless cremation, or liquid cremation, or water-based cremation, or even green cremation, is the process of liquefying the body after death. The 10-12 hour process combines pressure, heat, and lye to help dissolve the body. Some benefits of alkaline hydrolysis is the lowered impact it has on the environment. This type of cremation got the title 'green cremation' because it emits a significantly less amount of greenhouse gases into the air, as well as requiring 85% less energy!

In a video by Ask a Mortician on YouTube, enlightening knowledge about the liquefying of bodies is provided.

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