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Green Funeral Planner Available-YourFuneralGuy

4 Jan
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A Green Funeral planner is now available from the green Burial Council. This is a step that will move green funerals forward. It is important for the future of Funerals. This is an online Funeral Planning Tool.

KatesBoylston Publications announced this on FaceBook

Green Burial Council Launches Online Green Funeral Planning Tool SANTA FE, N.M. – The Green Burial Council announced it has launched the first online planning tool designed to allow families to identify and work more closely with funeral service providers offering eco-friendly options, according

via www.facebook.com.

This is a very good and creative move by the Green Burial Council- GBC. Many people are interested in Green flolks can go to plan there Green Funeral-Funerals and burials but just do not know where to begin.  Now there is a definitive place on line where they can go.

“We’ve had a lot of requests for a planning tool that could help consumers in what many regard as a somewhat confusing process,” said Joe Sehee, executive director of the GBC. “Not only does the planner eliminate confusion for families, but it raises awareness of the numerous funeral homes and cemeteries they can count on to embrace an ethic rooted in transparency, accountability and ecological responsibility.”

Anyone may receive a copy of the planning document by e-mailing a request to info@greenburialcouncil.org. The GBC is also encouraging funeral homes and cemeteries to make the tool available to families inquiring about eco-friendly funeral service.

via thefamilyplot.wordpress.com

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Matthews International Distributing Green Cremation USA-No Patent|YourFuneralGuy

30 Jul
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The Funeral Corporation  Matthews International, Inc is distributing their Green Cremation-alkaline hydrolysis machine called Bio Cremation without a Patent . BIO SAFE  Engineering who is also selling a machine, holds the appropriate process patent. CycledLIFE and Eco Green-Cremation System claim to have a patent pending for their low pressure green or bio cremation alkaline hydrolysis machine.

This was all revealed in comments at this blog

  1. matthewscremation July 29, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    “Interestingly the claim to hold the patent for the process along with all the other companies making Alkaline Hydrolysis Machines.”

    We do? Please let me know where you see that. The BIO Cremation unit is actually the brain-child of Sandy Sullivan, founder and director of Resomation based out of Scotland. Matthews just purchased the rights to sell these units. The article is posted to the new website – direct link is http://bio.matthewscremation.com/Portals/0/Documents/FSI%2011-10-2008.pdf

    If there is any place that says otherwise, please let me know and I will investigate the matter and correct or clarify where necessary. I appreciate that you’ve brought this to our attention.

    Thank You!

  2. cycledlife July 29, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    “claim to hold the patent”

    Do you happen to list the patent number(s)? I’ve never seen one listed on the Matthews Cremation site or the Resomation(R)LTD site.

    As you know there is a patent on high temperature systems: United States Patent 7,183,453 Wilson , et al. February 27, 2007.

    The lead inventor on this patent is Joe Wilson, the inventor of the CycledBurial(TM) systems. After working on high-temperature systems for 15 years, he invented a much better and less costly alkaline hydrolysis system. The prior art of high-temperature systems is obsolete.

    CycledLife’s CycledBurial(TM) system is patent pending. As such, it not patented. If we were to claim that our process were patented, while it was merely patent pending, we would be liable for fraud.

    We have information on the high-temperature patent on our website at http://cycledlife.com/aboutus.aspx.

  3. yourfuneralguy July 30, 2010 at 8:49 am

    It appears that Matthews Cremation has purchased the distribution rights in the USA, Through Sandy Sullivan of The UK(Resomation LTD) He has not given a patent number for the the USA, so how can he or you distribute in the USA? Sullivan has made verbal claims to the Patent Rights. But the patent number in the USA is not stated so how can he or you do distribution In The United States happen without a patent? Sullivan does claim he has a patent but how can he distribute in the USA? Are you not operating under his Patent?

    Are you not operating this process in the USA under a Resomation LTD patent claim?

    In Fact the patents in the USA Has been given To BIO SAFE Engineering.

  4. matthewscremation July 30, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Patents protect inventors and give them exclusive rights to make, use, sell and/or import. If an inventor doesn’t patent an item, it doesn’t mean they can’t sell it. It just means that they aren’t protecting their intellectual property. Someone could swoop in, copy their design and sell it under their own name.

    Exclusive distribution rights and patents are two seperate animals. We are not using a design that has been patented by anyone else so Matthews has every right to distribute the BIO Cremator to the states that have passed legislation to approve the disposal method.

  5. yourfuneralguy July 30, 2010 at 10:50 am

    “If an inventor doesn’t patent an item, it doesn’t mean they can’t sell it. It just means that they aren’t protecting their intellectual property. Someone could swoop in, copy their design and sell it under their own name.”

    The Wilson Patent is a process patent. You cannot just sell a funeral director a machine. Sullivan and Matthews will be making the funeral director liable(as well as themselves) for using the Machine This is subjecting the FD to unneeded liability, and/or a use fee. THIS WILL INCREASE CONSUMER COST! Tweaking the Machine does not get you out of the process patent.

    It appears that you have admitting to distributing the machine without a patent.

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YourFuneralGuy Exclusive-Matthews Intl on Green, Bio Cremation

16 Jul

The Largest crematory manufacturer in the USA-Matthews International- may jump ahead in the great  green, bio cremation race. The process is also known  Alkaline hydrolysis, water resolution, resomation, or  Alkaline  Disposition.

There have been 2 comments  AT  THIS BLOG from Matthews Cremation.

1. Matthews International Will soon have a website devoted to bio(or green Cremation)

Comment-Matthews Cremation will be releasing a website dedicated specifically to the Bio-Cremation process shortly. Our hopes are to dis spell some of the myths associated with this process and advance legislation to allow it in all states. Stay tuned!

viaYour Funeral Guy Exclusive: Funeral Industry Alkaline Hydrolysis(Pics) Demonstration

2. Matthews Cremation will ship an Alkaline Hydrolysis(Green Cremation) Machine very soon to St. Petersburg, Florida.

Comment-Actually, the Bio Cremation machine going to St. Pete will serve as a full service facility for those requesting green cremations. It should be installed soon and we are looking forward to seeing it go out.-via Tale of Two Bio Cremation Machines

Different Companies claim the green or bio cremation will cost the  same as traditional or fire cremation(ie cycled life). Others say it will cost more. Some  say it will cost less. It really depends on the funeral home or the funeral Director setting the Price!

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Green cremation, Alkaline Hydrolysis, Resomation, receives unjust Criticism-yourfuneralguy

11 Jul

There has been some negative press of late on alkaline hydrolysis and  the new green cremation, procedure known as resomation. It appears to me that some in the press have not taken the time to understand the process. By not investigating the process and simply attacking the aesthetics involved, a green innovation is receiving unjust criticism.

Here is one recent Headline:

“Belgium’s plan to wash its dead down the drain: Bodies would be dissolved in caustic solution… and flushed into the sewer

It could hardly be said to be the most dignified of send-offs.

Undertakers in Belgium plan to eschew traditional burials and cremations and start dissolving corpses instead.

The move is intended to tackle a lack of burial space and environmental concerns as 573lbs of carbon dioxide are released by each cremated corpse.

via www.dailymail.co.uk

Many of the comments on this article cried Solyent Green is people, an expected response given the 1970 movie “Fahrenheit 451”  Here is Your Funeral Guys comment at the site.
“The soylent green response to this process is quite expected. The Fluid does not half to go down the drain, although the fluid is safe if not welcome in sewage treatment plants. No one eats the remains, in this process. It is eco friendly, consumer friendly, inexpensive and will help the funeral industry around the world deal with their current crisis of lack of funds and burial land.”via www.dailymail.co.uk
In fact green cremation-resomation- is  the most green alternative for disposition available in the world today.
Another negative press report is presented here.

Talk about not giving a proper burial to a beloved one, the Belgium government plans to wash its dead bodies down drains as the corpses would be dissolved in a caustic solution and then flushed into the sewer.

via www.dallasblog.com

The media needs to fully investigate before presenting the negative side of a new innovation. The publics perception will change once the aesthetics are perceived correctly, the cost benefit  to the family is presented as well as the benefits to the earth.

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New Good Carbon Footprint|Bio Cremation| Rockets you to the Great Beyond-Your Funeral Guy.

4 Jul

Traditional Cremation by Fire and Traditional burial give our Earth a Green, Carbon Footprint problem. Here is a summary of the Carbon Foot Print problem with  Traditional Funerals.

Of the more than 2.4 million deaths per year in the United States, roughly 70 percent of the newly departed are interred in traditional caskets — that is, wood, steel or even copper caskets, many of which are then encased in slabs of reinforced concrete to prevent the weight of the earth from causing them to collapse. For those who go the casket route, embalming with toxic chemicals like formaldehyde remains common.

As a result, the environmental footprint of the dead is a heavy one. Every year, cemeteries across the nation bury approximately 30 million board feet of hardwood, 104,000 tons of steel, 2,700 tons of copper and bronze and 1.6 million tons of reinforced concrete, according to statistics gathered by environmental groups and advocates for green burial.

via green.blogs.nytimes.com

Here is a summary of the carbon footprint of cremation verses bio cremation or resomation, or water resolution

On Friday June 4th 2010  i had the privilege of viewing  demonstration of Alkaline hydrolysis decomposition.

A look inside the empty machine

CycledLife(TM) has a human machine being shipped to the funeral industry. I was invited to view the machine on Friday, June 4th 2010.This was a demonstration of accelerated Decomposition

The main point is that it has been observed that Alkaline Hydrolysis Works. Call it Bio Cremation, Water Resolution, Resomation, or green cremation-Alkaline Hydrolysis is simply a new form of Disposition, that is accelerated decomposition.

Here are some pictures from the event.

The Tray inside the machine getting ready for the process.

Machine Closed loaded Ready to be put in upright

The Tray inside the machine getting ready for the process, decomposition begins after chemicals applied with no water in upright position, with deceased inside.Water and agitation occur when machine is started up from side panel

decomposition being checked=

Seeing is believing, accelerated decomposition in cycledlife  alkaline hydrolysis machine works

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Your Funeral Guy Exclusive: Battle Of The New Green Cremation Machine |Alkaline Hydrolysis? Cryomation

13 Jun

CycledLife alkaline hydrolysis Machine

Will The cremation of the future  Green Cremation  be Alkaline Hydrolysis or Cryomation? The next cultural shift in disposing of the dead will  be Green Cremation.

There are two processes that are on the horizon one is called Alkaline Hydrolysis, where water pressure heat and alkaline combine to accelerate decomopostion of the body. Ashes are returned to the Family at the end of this process.

The other process Called Cryomation where the body is freeze dried and then broken down into an ash like substance to be returned to the family- Charles Cowling at the Good Funeral Guide has been covering this.

Snippet from the Cryomation website.

The process itself uses Liquid Nitrogen to freeze the body to -196 degrees C until the body is brittle. The body is then fragmented, foreign metal objects removed, and body materials returned to the process. The remains are then freeze dried under a range of vacuumed conditions to remove the moisture. Our process (patent pending) ensures that the final powder is sterile and 100% free of all bacteria & viruses. An accelerated composting process further reduces the mass and means that what is returned can itself, generate and sustain life.

via www.cryomation.co.uk

There is a computer graphic video of the process, but no real machine pictured.

The Cryomation Machine has been demonstrated in the UK. The larger resomation machines have been in use in Medical Schools in the US for the disposition of Medical waste and cadavers.

There are 4 players in the world racing to put this machine out. Eco-Green Cremation System, BioSafe Engineering, CycledLife and Resomation Ltd.

Resomation LTD  has claimed to ship a resomation machine for Funeral Industry Use to it’s distributor Matthews International In the USA in 2009. Almost A year later NOW  however the Machine is NOT INSTALLED.

Cryomation(R) says they have run a demonstration.I have seen a Cycled Life(R) demonstration with my own eyes. I  also have all seen BioSafe Engineering Machines.

I have verified that Cycle life is shipping a green cremation machine to the funeral industry. Eco-Green cremation systems claims to be shipping cremation Machines

I have pictures of the machines from all the players in the green cremation machine race  except Eco-Green Cremation System, Inc and Cryomation(R). It raises the question, Do either of these even have a machine yet? These folks may not like the question, but they are not releasing evidence of where they are at with there machines and bio cremation.

What are these men behind the curtain  at Eco-Green Cremation System, Inc and Cryomation(R) , doing? Even the little dog Toto cannot tell what these “Wizards of Oz” are doing.

It could be though that we  get up one morning though and any of the four players in alkaline hydrolysis or the cryomation folks may have multiple green cremation machines working in the funeral industry around the world.

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Resomation Machine Pic from the UK( Resomation LTD)

Note: Promessa is a company that uses liquid nitrogen in a an organic burial, Cryomation(R) is a company that takes the process  takes the process a step further in creating ash from the liquid nirtogen process. This differs from cryonics which keeps a body continually frozen for future restoration.

Green Funeral?-Ask Your City Cemetery to approve|yourfuneralguy

26 May

Do you want to have a green funeral?some are going to their local city cemetery simply asking them  to make it happen. Many times in life we simply do not  receive what we want want simply because we do not ask.

It may be true in death as well, in regards to green burial.  At last it has happened in Ashland, Oregon.

Residents who want to bury loved ones in an environmentally sensitive way in Ashland no longer have to place the casket or shroud inside a concrete or metal liner or vault.

The Ashland City Council voted on Tuesday to allow such “green” burials in city cemeteries.

Previously, the Ashland Municipal Code required the use of liners or vaults to prevent settling of the ground at the grave site. City staff members who manage city cemeteries said they expect some settling to occur with green burials, but that the problem isn’t anything they can’t handle.

The city of Ashland made the change because it has been receiving requests from residents that green burials be allowed, said Ashland Public Works Director Mike Faught.

“It’s a step forward for those folks who want a natural burial, without having to have a concrete vault,”

via www.dailytidings.com

So if you want a green burial assert yourself. In Ashland Oregon they Have Put Wilbert Vault on Notice.

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