February 14, 2011
When a loved one dies, families typically are left with two options: burial or cremation.
A California lawmaker wants to give families a third option, which is being pitched as a “green alternative” to traditional cremation — chemically dissolve the body, keep the powdery residue and pour the liquefied remains down the drain.
But the procedure, too graphic to describe, has had some trouble getting off the ground. Assemblyman Jeff Miller had to shelve his proposal last year after a visiting scientist pointed out that the process might not be as safe as advertised.
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