Swedish Green-Burial Firm to Turn Frozen Corpses in Compost
A posthumous bath in liquid nitrogen pioneered by an eco-minded Swedish entrepreneur may be the key to the world's first completely ecological burial alternative, the Local’s Karen Holst discovers.......The phrase ‘ashes to ashes, dust to dust’ has long been connected with burial services, having originated from the 17th century Book of Common Prayer.
But the idea of actually returning to the earth in an ecological manner that nourishes the soil is one that Swedish scientist Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak has sought to near-fruition across the span of a decade.......“We need to look at how we can take care of all organic material, including us. Our options today are definitely not appealing – slowly rotting in the soil or destroying the body by burning it in a way that is not gentle,” she says.
Terming the process ‘promession,’ Wiigh-Mäsak has worked tirelessly to bring this 100 percent ecological burial alternative to the wider world.....“Promession reshapes, dries and allows the body to be cared for by the soil. It offers a very natural connection with nature and a more appealing way to consider death.”
As she prepares to open the first ‘promator’ facility at the end of the year, Wiigh-Mäsak has received expressions of interest in the technology from more than 60 countries, including Vietnam, the United Kingdom, South Africa, the Netherlands, Canada and the United States.
Having a near life-long affection for protecting the planet, the 54-year-old ecologist and biologist worked in a chemical plant for 15 years with the ambition of affecting change from ‘the inside.’....Parallel to her career, Wiigh-Mäsak, a resident of the remote island of Lyr, about 80 kilometres off the shores of Gothenburg, began an organic gardening business.