Published 2021-12-22
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What can be done with a body after death? Diamond or compost from a corpse!

The subject of death is not a pleasant one, and while we are still in this world we tend not to think about what will happen to our bodies when we die. A coffin and burial in the ground is the most common method of dealing with the dead, but not the last either. A dead human body can literally benefit the living, be used for ecological purposes, or be turned into precious stones. There are also many non-traditional funeral options that we sometimes don't even realize are available. Even if we are reluctant to think about death, it is something inevitable, so it is a good idea to decide in advance what will happen when we pass away. This is because during our lifetime we need to make the appropriate dispositions. And what options do we have to choose from? What can be done with the body after death? What methods of dealing with the dead are permitted? Find out by reading to the end.


Traditional funeral

After death, it is most popular to bury the dead in the ground. However, a grave cannot be dug in a random place, such as private property, but in a municipal or religious cemetery. Speaking of a grave, it can be earthen, brick, or a catacomb, which is a tomb designed for more than one deceased. In the past, the Catholic church required that the coffin with the deceased be displayed during a memorial service before the funeral, but nowadays these rules have been abandoned as it is becoming more and more popular to move away from burying whole bodies and instead choose crematorium incineration. But does this mean that loved ones can keep the ashes of a deceased family member at home, as is seen in cultures across countries? Read on the next page.

Cremation of remains

The law allows for the cremation of the body. We can decide that we want to be cremated after death, and while we are still alive we can make the appropriate statement to the people who will take care of the funeral. In this case, you can also go to a notary, so that our statement will be legally binding, and the notary will guarantee that it was made by a person of a sane mind. The family of the deceased can also decide to use cremation, even if the deceased did not give the appropriate instructions before his or her death. Statistics show that in the US, cremation is the preferred method of burial. The number of institutions providing cremation services is roughly around 1,500. There aren’t any strict laws against spreading ashes in public, however, if someone wants to spread ashes on private property they need the owner’s permission. Given that Disney World is such a nostalgic place many people go to spread their ashes there yet it is something that the parks have strictly prohibited and doing so can get you kicked out.

Burial at sea

The USA is one of the countries that allow burials at sea, as an alternative to burying the deceased in the ground. However, here there are clear guidelines with regards to scattering ashes in the ocean. Burials at sea are covered by the Clean Water Act and there are specific regulations that must be followed. In order to spread the ashes, a person must be at least three nautical miles from shore and in water that is at least 600 feet deep. When the ashes are being scattered only decomposable items such as wreaths or flowers may be added to the water.

Donating a body for scientific purposes

Hundreds of years ago, dissecting a corpse was considered a desecration of the body, but nowadays the situation is completely different and you can decide for yourself that your body after death will end up in the hands of medical students and will be used for scientific purposes. The deceased are a source of great knowledge about human anatomy, so every medical school agrees to accept the bodies of the deceased for research, after which they are obliged to arrange burial. The fact that our bodies will be used for the benefit of science is decided by ourselves before we die. In this case, we make a statement to the chosen university, called a donation deed, which must be notarized.

The dead and transplantation

A dead body can also be used for organ harvesting as one donor can save up to 8 lives through organ donation and save and heal more than 75 lives through tissue donation. In order to do so a person must decide whether they want to donate their organs, eyes, and/or tissues and then they must register as a donor in their state. It is also recommended that a person communicates their decision to their loved ones so that they are aware of this decision and aren’t faced with difficult news during one of the most difficult times in their lives. Just like a will, organ donation is legally binding and cannot be overridden by the family of the deceased.


Making diamonds from the dead

A deceased body can be processed into real gemstones. This uses ashes from a crematorium, which are transferred to a laboratory and subjected to extreme heat and pressure. The entire process takes several months and is very close to the conditions under which diamonds actually form in the wild. But how is it possible to make a precious stone out of a body? Well, diamonds are a variety of carbon. This element is also present in the human body. Therefore, if the right temperature and pressure are applied, it can be turned into a diamond. What is more, the finished product receives a certificate of originality, but making a memory diamond out of ashes is not cheap either, and the starting prices begin at $2999 depending on the color and size. According to the company Eterneva’s pricing, their most expensive diamond would be a 3 carat one priced at $50,000.

Body hibernation

If you have enough money, you can also use the services of companies dealing with hibernation of the bodies of the dead. The whole procedure of hibernation, also called cryostasis, consists in immersing the body of a deceased person in liquid nitrogen and keeping it at a temperature of minus 200 degrees C. People who use such methods hope that someday in the future it will be possible to revive the human body, so freezing will be their calling card to immortality. Hibernation companies, however, offer no guarantee that this will actually be possible sometime in the future.


Compost from corpses

A dead body in the service of ecology - this is possible when it is used to make nutrient-rich compost. In the state of Seattle, the first funeral home has already opened where the composting service is provided completely legally. More are planned because natural organic reduction is an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient way to dispose of human remains. Of course, there is no shortage of opponents of this method, according to whom making soil out of people is desecrated and disrespectful. Regardless of the opinions circulating, it is worth finding out how the whole process takes place.

Process Of Human Composting

The body of the deceased is placed in a special tube filled with wood chips, alfalfa, and straw and exposed to bacteria that cause it to completely decompose within a month. The final product of this process is then dried for several weeks, and the finished soil later ends up in the hands of the deceased's family or is donated to a local environmental project. Recompose argues that in this way, the body is returned to nature rather than being locked away in concrete bunkers. The process also does not pollute the air with carbon dioxide, as cremation does.

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