Sweden considers new burial methods


Sweden is considering allowing freeze-drying as a new method to bury the dead says the country’s Culture Minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth

Speaking to the Swedish church’s weekly paper Ms. Liljeroth said, $quot;I would like to push for the issue of freeze-drying. I think it is interesting and based on what I have heard I have a positive view of the method.$quot;

Using the system, the corpse is placed in a liquid nitrogen bath to take it down to -196C, then the body is broken down into a rough powder through mechanical vibrations. This environmentally friendly method cuts down on pollutants created from traditional methods and would cut emissions from crematoriums.

The whole process takes place in a facility resembling a crematorium and lasts for about two hours reducing a body weighing 75 kilograms (165 pounds) in life to 25 kilograms (55 pounds). However, the method is still illegal in Sweden despite groups campaigning for its widespread use. $quot;We will have to put forward a proposal to change the burial law,$quot; the minister said, adding that many of Sweden’s bishops shared her positive view.

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