~ the eco-friendly application of cryogenics and composting to the disposal of human remains ~

Promession is a new type of disposal of the body.

It is the application of cryogenics (freeze-drying) and composting to the disposal of human remains and was devised in 1997 by Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak, a Swedish biologist, as an ecologically friendly solution to the age-old need to dispose of human remains in a respectful and effective manner.

Promession is exciting attention around the globe as different cultures, faith groups and governments see how this new alternative can fit with traditional rituals and beliefs while contributing an answer to present concerns relating to land scarcity and degradation, air and water pollution and fossil fuel use.

Could freeze-drying and shaking to bits before burial or cremation be seen in Scotland before too long?  Read the article 'The Promise in Promession' (downloadable on this page) which explains the method in full and the environmental benefits over cremation.  If you think it is a good move forward, then lobby your local Councillors for a new Promatorium in your locality instead of more Crematoria.

For the full article, first published in Natural Ways newsletter number 5: summer 2007, download 'The Promise in Promession' (357KB) in pdf format here.

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