Co-operative Funeralcare puts its money on alkaline hydrolysis

Charles Cowling

From The Co-operative booklet (2011) My Legacy.  Ethical Strategy:

Throughout the 20th century, people in the UK were limited to the choice of either burial or cremation when dealing with a loved one’s remains. Now, in the early part of the 21st century, The Co-operative Funeralcare is putting significant resources behind the development of Resomation.® This new alternative uses an alkaline hydrolysis process and, like cremation, leaves behind a quantity of ash.

Resomation® has a number of environmental benefits including a reduction in the amount of energy needed in comparison to cremation, and a carbon footprint which is 35% less than cremation. The Co-operative Funeralcare is working towards having the process legally recognised throughout the UK.

Find out what you don’t know about Resomation here.

The, so far as I know, unpublished fact about Funeralcare’s interest in Resomation is that it owns 65 per cent of the company. My apologies to Funeralcare if this is confidential information.

In the light of this, we may speculate that Funeralcare regards alkaline hydrolysis as the technology which will depose cremation, confound its competitors and make its fortune.

What do you think of that?

 

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Thank you Jocelyne – It’s a slow journey into the psyche of nations…

Jocelyne Monette
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Interesting to see how facts can get distorted easily – the old adage, if you tell one person a story, it changes before it gets to the next person! Anyhow – Bio Response is the only manufacturer offering low pressure alkaline hydrolysis – which by the way is the proper term. Resomation is simply a trade name, as is aquamation, bio-cremaiton, water cremation and so on. The process is called alkaline hydrolysis – As well, Bio Response is the only one also offering low pressure pet systems – they do manufacture high pressure systems, but the low pressure is less… Read more »

Ed Gazvoda
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The only operating alkali disposition system at a funeral home was sold by CycledLife, http://www.CycledLife.com. We manufacture a system that costs just $59,000 USD. The process cost is about $30 per body.

The Coffin Spa(TM) by CycledLife is the only alkaline hydrolysis system that is economically viable.

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My business brain is as sophisticated as a one-cell organism. However, this seems to me to make sense of why Midlands Co-op would be interested in forking out £8million on a crematorium (rather than build a promessorium from scratch, for perhaps 10 times that, and give their families no choice of cremation – only a fool…) It would give them the competitive edge very nicely (We Offer More Choice), make them look ‘green’, and fool everyone else nicely thank you. Imagine: ‘Protecting the Planet – Because We Care’. Makes me go green, and not with envy.

Charles Cowling
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Ah…

Rupert Callender
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As far as I know, Sandy invented the one in the Mayo clinic.

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Of course the interesting thing here is that this technology could potentially allow Funeralcare to own 65% of the license for every Resomator that is sold worldwide. Not only could Funeralcare earn profit from selling every Resomator, they might also ask for a fee for each time the Resomator is used. If you think long term, and worldwide, that is a lot of money. It might also explain why it looks like Funeralcare are not so keen to buy or build Crematoria. This a staggeringly clever move by Funeralcare. Not only is there vertical integration within the funeral business, there… Read more »

Paul Hensby
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I had no idea they owned 65 per cent of Resomation. Clever and far sighted of them.
Is it a very expensive method of disposal?
Is it as ‘green’ as claimed?