Read more about Body Composting and The Natural Funeral in this article from the Associated Press.
FAQ about Body Composting:
1. How long does Body Composting take?
Body composting is a natural process. The body is transformed by microbes into soil. The amount of time is dependent on many factors such as temperature, moisture and chemical balances. The entire process can take up to a year but we aim to complete it in about half that time.
2. How does Body Composting smell?
Body composting occurs in a sealed chamber. Air is blown into the chamber and passed through a charcoal filter prior to be vented outside. This method of aeration produces no odors from the body composting vessel.
3. Why would anybody choose Body Composting?
Body composting has significant ecological advantages over other forms of disposition. For example, there are no appreciable carbon emissions or release of toxic fumes in contrast to flame cremation. Nor does it take up any real estate as a conventional burial might. We see Body Composting as the express lane for a body to rejoin the cycle of life.
4. What about germs? Is this sanitary?
The health and safety of the general public and our team is a priority. Composting is a biochemical activity that creates enough heat to kill any pathogens that remain in the body after death. The temperature in the vessel is measured regularly to ensure that this natural form of sanitation is occurring. See http://compost.css.cornell.edu/microorg.html or other scientific description of how this works.
5. What is left after Body Composting is done?
When Body Composting is complete, we are left with about one cubic yard of rich, fertile compost that is ready to apply on the Earth. We offer families the opportunity to take as much of this compost as a remembrance as they wish. The rest will be used for agriculture. It is not recommended that it be used to grow human food.