The Future Of Funeral Industry

One of the rooms inside the campus of the University of California in Los Angeles holds the Resomator. The room is very similar to a hospital room because it looks sterile but the main difference is that every patient inside the room is already deceased. These bodies have been donated to Dean Fisher who is the current director of the Donated Body Program under the David Geffen School of Medicine. While cremation offers a chance to buy cremation urns for children and adults, the families of the dead bodies who will be subjected to the Resomator will no longer have a body to bury or ashes to keep.

The donated bodies are used to test the alkaline hydrolysis equipment developed by Fisher. Once the body is subjected to the machine, it will turn into liquid and what remains will be pure white bone. The bones are to undergo pulverization before they are scattered around the coast close to Camp Pendleton. The powder will just float and disperse but it will not sink to the ground because it is made of 100 per cent calcium phosphate.

The resulting bones are already very brittle after going through the machine that a simple touch will destroy it. It was six years ago when Fisher developed the model of the machine. The prototype is only one out of three in the entire United States and it is not legal in California to have the machine sold in the commercial market.

Inside the machine is a chamber with high pressure that contains potassium hydroxide combined with water boiled to 150 degrees Celsius. This is where the biochemical reaction is happening which melts the flesh from the bone. It takes four hours for the process to be completed and the flesh is reduced to amino acids, sugar, peptides and salt.

The resulting liquid will then be processed until the pH is appropriate for the water treatment facility before sending down the drain. This is what Fisher believed is to be the future of death. It eliminates the need for cremation urns for children and adults as well as traditional coffins.