Desmond Tutu, a South African anti-apartheid activist, They gave him a state funeral at St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town.
According to the Archbishop Tutu IP Trust and the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, Tutu had his burial wishes.
Tutu’s body underwent aquamation in a private ceremony following the requiem Mass and burial behind the pulpit.
They did this as per his instructions.The announcement about Tutu’s preferred method of body disposal has sparked a discussion.
The discussion concerns environmentally appropriate methods of body disposal.
Since the late 1880s, aquamation has been around. It was Amos Herbery Hanson’s creation.
He was a farmer who intended to turn animal carcasses into fertilizer.
Later, people deploy it to dispose of tainted animal remains in laboratories.
In recent years, the technique has gained favor as a viable alternative to traditional burial and fire cremation.
Aquamation, also known as alkaline hydrolysis, is a water-based cremation method used to dispose of human or animal remains.
We consider it more environmentally beneficial than flame-based cremation since it requires fewer fossil fuels and produces fewer emissions.
We frequently misinterpreted the process as including the dissolution of a body in acid; however, this is not the case.
What is aquamation and how does it work?
The body is first placed in a silk bag before being placed in an Alkaline Hydrosis Machine.
This is a metal tube containing a high-pressure mixture of water and potassium hydroxide heated to 150°C for roughly an hour and a half.
Only the bones remain after they destroy bodily tissue. rinse, dry and grind powder in a crematory at 120°C.
After that, they give ‘ashes’ to the bereaved family.
Famillies can store the ashes ,bury or scatter them according to the deceased’s wishes or the requests of the family if the deceased did not specify.
It was Desmond Tutu’s wish to have his burial beneath the pulpit in Cape Town’s St. George’s Cathedral.