Liquifying bodies new cremation technique offered in Saskatchewan

November 28, 2012 - 1:38pm Updated: November 29, 2012 - 6:29am
File photo of funeral. Brendan Hein/News Talk Radio
File photo of funeral. Brendan Hein/News Talk Radio

When you die would you prefer burial, cremation or Alkaline Hydrolysis? Saskatchewan has approved a new and greener way to deal with bodies.

Todd Lumbard of Speers Funeral Home in Regina joined John Gormley Live to explain the process. He assures people the end results are a lot like cremation.

“The family of the deceased person would receive the same type of ashes or cremains as you would from a regular cremation,” he said.

The difference is how they get there. Instead of burning, they use an alkaline solution in a pressurized chamber and through the process bodies are essentially reduced to liquid and bone.

“With regular cremation you do have smoke going out a smoke stack and more and more there’s environmental concern about that,” Lumbard commented.

In comparison, Alkaline Hydrolysis has a much smaller carbon footprint than cremation so it is seen as a more environmentally friendly option.

“You have a different process with the liquid going into the drain, but it’s not smoke going into the air,” Lombard explained.

The liquid by-product is considered safe and can be flushed away. Saskatchewan is the first province in Canada to approve the new process.