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  This is a tale of freeze-dried disposal. First, a bit of backstory:  The method of preparing a body for disposal by freeze-drying was invented in the US by schoolteacher Philip Backman. He patented it in 1978, and that patent has now expired. Backman’s proposed method of reducing the body to particles
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A cryomator. Pic source   Well-meaning ignorance fuels lots of heated debate in Funeralworld. Broadsides of stats are exchanged, but how many of them are verifiable? In one thing we can trust: probably no one’s yet done the science.  Take the following press release from the respected news agency Reuters: 

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  The Natural Death Handbook, Fifth Edition A thoroughly updated and revised edition of the Natural Death Centre‘s celebrated handbook. Now presented alongside a new collection of essays on death, dying and funeral practices by doctors, historians, authors, poets, theologians and artists including Richard Barnett, David Jay Brown, Dr Sheila Cassidy,
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Extraordinary footage from the BBC of the effect of ice reaching down from the surface to freeze and kill everything it touches on the sea floor. Natural cryomation?
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Japanese robot for collecting dead  indigents Here’s how a recent piece in the Daily Mail began: Being freeze dried and smashed into little pieces sounds like the stuff of sci-fi horror movies. But it is one of two methods of dealing with our dearly departed that could soon be available
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Last Orders: Compost from Jason Hendriksen on Vimeo.
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The prospect of Promession, the brainchild of Susanne Wiighe-Masak, has been around for a few years now. It offers an extremely attractive alternative to cremation. It is clean. It is gentle. Above all, it enables us to return to the earth in an environmentally useful way. If you want to
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Good piece by the George Pitcher in the Daily Telegraph: I’m afraid I slipped into a daydream in church on Easter morn yesterday. It started by wondering how different the story might have been if the Jerusalem of 2,000 years ago was like the London Borough of Bromley today. The
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Richard Maclean (Cryomation), Duncan Macleod (Shell) & Mike Morris-Watson (Cryomation) Congratulations to Cryomation on winning a Shell Springboard climate change innovation prize -a notable vote for this new process, a worthy rival to cremation. Don’t know what Cryomation is? Check out their website here.