Anderson McQueen funeral home in St. Petersburg is the first in the US to offer the Alkali Hydrolysis cremation process. Unlike cremation by fire, Alkali Hydrolysis prevents the release of carbon monoxide, particulates and mercury into the atmosphere. This “green” cremation process will be officially unveiled November 16th.
The remains are placed in a stainless steel chamber containing water and potassium hydroxide. The contents are heated to 350 degrees, and the pressure is raised to 145 psi to prevent boiling. After about three hours, all that’s left is a liquid containing amino acids, peptides, sugars and salts plus softened bones. The liquid can be used in a garden and the bones crushed and returned to next of kin as “ash.” Mayo Clinic, MN uses the process to dispose of bodies donated and used for scientific study.