【不能接受火葬?还有冰葬新选择】

【不能接受火葬?还有冰葬新选择】据外媒报道,冰葬作为一种环境友好型的替代土葬和火化的方法,将在英国全国的殡仪馆推广。冷冻过程中将遗体置于自动机器中,通过纯液氮洗涤,大约需要一个小时冷却至-192℃(-313°F),身体会结晶变脆粉碎成颗粒。该技术的先驱之一萨福克公司在英国政府的资金支持下完善这项技术,控制价格和火葬费用差不多。英国肯特郡塞文欧克斯区议会计划以冰葬为基础建立世界第一座“绿色”殡仪馆,同时英国法律委员也正在对此制定相关法律法规。

In a chilling twist on the phrase ‘dust to dust’, funerals could soon end with a loved one’s remains being frozen to -200C and pulverised into powder.

Cryomation, a revolutionary, ecologically friendly alternative to burial or cremation, is set to become available in funeral parlours across the country.

Plans for the world’s first ‘green’ crematorium – on the edge of a golf course in Edenbridge, complete with a chapel and cafe – are being considered by Sevenoaks District Council in Kent.

The Law Commission, the Government body that reforms legislation, is drawing up regulations that will bring ‘freeze-dried’ funerals under the law for the first time as the land available for traditional burials dwindles.

Plans for the world's first 'green' crematorium where remains are frozen with liquid nitrogen before being pulverised are being considered by Sevenoaks District Council in Kent

But critics say the innovation is ‘grotesque’ and ‘undignified’.

The process has parallels with cremation but without the harmful emissions and pollutants.

In cryomation, the body is placed in an automated machine and bathed with pure liquid nitrogen, which takes about an hour to cool it to -192C (-313F).

The body crystalises and become brittle, allowing the remains to be crushed into particles.

Those particles are then freeze-dried to remove moisture, filters remove any medical implants such as hip replacements or teeth fillings, and the result is a pile of coffee-coloured granules that can be buried in a narrow, biodegradable tube.

One pioneer of the system, Suffolk-based firm Incinerator Replacement Technology, has received hundreds of thousands of pounds in Government grants to develop a prototype and is close to perfecting the technology, which it said should cost much the same as cremation.

But Anthony Kilmister, president of the Church of England’s Anglican Association, said: ‘This sounds a grotesque way to treat the dead. I hope these proposals don’t become regular practice. They are very undignified.’

The process has parallels with cremation but without the harmful emissions and pollutants. Critics have called the innovation 'grotesque' and 'undignified' (file photo)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5292781/Sevenoaks-considering-eco-friendly-cremation-alternative.html


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