More Than Meets the Eye, True Stories about Death, Dying, and Afterlife covers many aspects of the dying and grieving process and sheds light on euthanasia, suicide, near-death experience, and spirit visits after the passing of a loved one. ___________________________________________

Friday, January 2, 2009

Post-mortem processes

Other methods of post-mortem treatments include cremation, cryonics and donation of the body to medical science. According to Cremation Association of North America (CANA), cremation is becoming more widely practiced in the United States and Canada and is the post-mortem choice for 25 percent of all deaths. Cremation is a process of preparing human remains for memorialization in which the body is placed in a chamber and subjected to intense heat and flames. After approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours at temperatures between 1,400 to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, all organic matter is consumed. The cremated remains, (also called cremains), are then processed into fine particles and placed in a container or urn purchased by the family. The cremains may then be retained by a family member, interred in a cemetery plot, or scattered on private property or at a public place that was significant to the deceased, providing local regulations allow it.

When I mention cryonic suspension services, (cryopreservation), you may think I’ve gone bonkers! Freezing human remains today in hopes of reviving the body in the future may seem far-fetched to us, but who would have thought a hundred years ago that the heart of one human could successfully be transplanted into another and give them a chance to live? Who would have believed, then, that a baby could be conceived in a laboratory test tube then placed in a human womb to develop and live a normal life? Did your ancestors read about cloning in their newspaper headlines? Cryonics is a post-mortem procedure in which a patient is prepared and cooled to a temperature where physical decay essentially stops. The temperature is maintained indefinitely in hopes that medical technology will advance and be able to awaken and restore patients to good health. I wonder if the same soul would return to that body or if a soul exchange would occur.

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