Coming to a state near you — freeze-dried bodies

“Being freeze dried and smashed into little pieces . . . . is one of two methods of dealing with our dearly departed that could soon be available from a funeral director near you.”

The technology is called promession or cryomation.  One of my sources in the funeral industry mentioned that certain states are now discussing permitting this process via legislation.

Promession involves submerging the body into liquid nitrogen, making the body so cold that it freezes and can be broken into tiny little pieces.  Water from the body is then evaporated and all metals from the body removed.  Just watch….

It is really nice to have options other than just sticking your body into a furnace, but I have personal reservations about this because it reminds me of a Star Trek rerun that scared the crap out of me when I was younger.

I’ll admit this episode doesn’t seem so scary now.  But I find something unsettling about being reduced to a little freeze-dried cube.


~ by siouxsielaw on January 8, 2012.

3 Responses to “Coming to a state near you — freeze-dried bodies”

  1. Oooh, even better than turning people into slime. 🙂

    • I follow the funeral industry pretty closely. I appreciate your interest and comment. But I fear that these posts don’t help me grow my blog. I just got an annual report from wordpress on my top posts for 2011. They were as follows: Breasturants, Nails, and Patricia Day of the Horrorpops.

  2. I remember that episode also and it creeped me out too as a kid. It is nice to have options, but it is sort of “Soylent Green” creepy where dead bodies are “harvested” (not to say that doesn’t happen illegally already – “Body Brokers: Inside America’s Underground Trade in Human Remains by Annie Cheney” was a real eye opener)

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