Liquid nitrogen could soon solve the problem of full cemeteries in Britain.
British tabloid newspaper, Daily Mail, published a report yesterday concerning a new method how Britain could deal with its dead.
The new method is called promession, which basically means that a dead body is submerged in liquid nitrogen until it so brittle that giving it a gentle shake causes it to crumble into powder.
The first authority to propose the method to be used is Crewe Council in Cheshire in England. They are proposing to freeze-dry bodies to –196C and then put them on a vibrating pad which reduces them to powder within a minute.
Cemetery and crematoria manager Mary Slinn commented the new method in the tabloid report saying it’s the way forward.
She said: “It’s about fulfilling the life cycle and returning all the goodness from our bodies to the soil and I think with more and more people concerned about the environment they will embrace the idea.”
A town is Sweden is also planning to turn its crematorium into a promatorium next year.
Promession comes from the Italian word promessione, which means oath or “to swear to the truth”. Promession reduces environmental impact on water, air and soil. At the same time it provides us with deeper insights regarding the ecological cycle and greater understanding of and respect for life on earth.
Liquid nitrogen is produced industrially in large quantities by distillation from liquid air. When liquid nitrogen evaporates, when it reverts to its gaseous state, it absorbs heat rapidly and is able to create an unearthly temperature -196C, which makes it extremely useful in a wide range of applications. When liquid nitrogen evaporates it returns back in its natural gas form in to the atmosphere.