Burial cremations have gotten even more eco-friendly

Posted on April 1, 2018 by MayFuneral under Blog Posts
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Burial cremations have gotten even more eco-friendly

Burial CremationSooner or later the discussion of what our burial wishes are after we pass comes up. It might happen with family or friends, but the conversation is always inevitable. It is a good thing that the options that people have for burial are ever increasing. As technology changes so has cremation and the options for cremation. Flameless cremation seems to be gaining momentum in the funeral home industry as its popularity increases. So, what it flameless cremation and why is it gaining so much popularity?

Traditional cremation versus flameless cremation

To understand what flameless cremation is, it is important to first understand how traditional cremation works. The traditional cremation process converts the body into a dark, grey gravel like substance. The body is first stored in a temperature-controlled room. Prosthetics, silicone parts, pacemakers as well as anything that might explode or have any type of chemical reaction are usually removed. The body is then put into a flammable box and incinerated. The remains are composed mainly of dried and ground bones.

Flameless cremation works a little differently than traditional cremation. The technical name of flameless cremation is called alkaline hydrolysis. The process leading up to the cremation are similar. The main difference is that instead of the body becoming exposed to direct flames, the body is instead loaded into a different type of stainless steel chamber, loaded with a alkali solution of potassium hydroxide (KOH). The pressurized chamber is then heated to about 350 degrees for about 2-3 hours. The final result is the same gravel like remains, however they are a lighter color. This is because the main difference between traditional cremation and flameless cremation is the carbon footprint left behind.

The environmental impact of flameless cremation

Flameless cremation also known as “Bio-Cremation” was a process that was adapted to funeral home usage by Mayo Clinic. The aim was to find a way to cremate bodies in a fashion that was more gentle on the environment. The process was meant to mimic the results that naturally occur when there is a traditional burial process. Through flameless creation, the same process that would take 25 years, can be repeated in a matter of 2-3 hours. The best part of the process is that there are almost no emissions as a result of the cremation. This is good news for those that are looking to make as little of a carbon footprint as possible. As a matter of fact, when compared with traditional cremation there is about 4 times less of a carbon footprint. In terms of energy consumption, the process takes about 1/8th of the energy needed for traditional cremations as well.

The green market has expanded in many industries and the funeral industry has been very keen at keeping up with market demands. From options such as environmentally friendly coffins to the latest flameless cremation, people have a variety of options to choose from. For many this is a big deal, as it offers the opportunity to make an impact on the world in one last way.

May & Son funeral home has helped families and loved ones through the grieving process for more than a century. We have locations in Columbia, Boonville, Sedalia and serve the Fayette Missouri area. To find out about how to plan aheadcontact us today.

The funeral business that became H.T. May & Son was founded in Boonville in 1911 by Riley Martin; great-great uncle of Tom May. Following the death of Riley Martin, his nephew; Holwell J. May took over the reins of the business and continued to operate it until his death in 1974. After the death of Holwell, his son H.T. May began to run the business. When H.T. died in 2005, son Thomas E. May began to run the business and is now the fourth generation to operate May Funeral Homes. The newest location, in Columbia, opened in April 2009. Thomas, was married in November 19 of 2011 to Pastor Jennifer Baker. Jennifer is a pre-need specialist for the business and currently pursing her funeral directors license. Thomas also has two sisters; Kathryn May who is a licensed funeral director and Melodia Whitmore. Thomas has three children; Holwell J. May II, who graduated from KCKCC with his Mortuary Science Degree, and is now a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, Brittany N. May, and Jeremiah Baker. May and staff are are dedicated to serving families from all ethnic backgrounds and religious beliefs in a personalized manner, with knowledgeable, caring, and professional staff.

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