What are ‘Deep Freeze’ Funerals?

Posted: 23/01/2018

‘Deep Freeze’ funerals may become available to UK citizens who are looking for ‘greener’ forms of disposition following their passing. Sevenoaks District Council in Kent is considering opening a ‘green’ crematorium which administers Cryomation.

How Does Cryomation Work?

Cryomation works by freezing dead bodies in pure liquid nitrogen until they reach -196C and then using a machine to pulverise the crystallised form into powder.

As with normal cremation, any metals (such as fillings and pins from medical procedures) are removed from the powdered remains.

 

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The process is undertaken by a machine named The Cryomator, which is automated and, as such, requires no human intervention after the coffin has been loaded into it. A Cryomator with a single Freeze Drying unit will dispose of up to 6 bodies a day, but more than one Freeze Drying unit can be added to the machine in order to increase this number.

How is Cryomation Better for the Environment?

Cryomation is championed as a far greener means of bodily disposition than flame-based cremation due to the reduction of fossil fuel usage. The benefits include:

Despite the clear economic benefits of Cryomation, it has been reported that Anthony Kilmister, president of the Church of England’s Anglican Association, stated in response to the innovation: ‘This sounds a grotesque way to treat the dead. I hope these proposals don’t become regular practice. They are very undignified.’

Incinerator Replacement Technology Ltd (IRTL) also claims that ‘Cryomation returns 100% of the body to the family compared with 2.5% in cremation’, and that it ‘remains could be mixed with soil in a large plant pot to support a legacy plant and complete the circle of life’.

If you are considering Cryomation, or are looking to make arrangements for a funeral, consider a prepaid funeral plan to access services that are frozen at today’s prices. Contact us here.