Eulogica Limited recently had two overseas visitors to their office. Geir Bakke and Laura de Waal spent the week at Eulogica UK’s office for various internal meetings. Geir is one of the owners of Eulogica and also looks after the Scandinavian market whilst Laura oversees Eulogica in the Netherlands.

The week they were visiting the UK coincided with the Yorkshire Area meeting of the National Association of Funeral Directors. This meeting was held at LBBC Technologies in Leeds who are the exclusive manufacturing partner for Resomation. The meeting included a tour of the factory where the equipment is manufactured and David, Geir and Laura attended.

The meeting started with a great presentation from LBBC Technologies managing director, Howard Pickard. Howard carefully explained the whole process of resomation and dispelled some of the myths surrounding the process. This was then followed by a tour of their factory with resomators at various stages of production ready for shipping to the USA.

Water cremation is the new alternative to flame cremation and burial. Giving people a new choice, environmentally friendly option that offers a natural process using water instead of flames.

A funeral involving water cremation is the same as one involving flame cremation until the point at which the body is committed from public view. Water cremation uses water-based solution to speed up the natural process the body goes through at the end of life.

The body is placed in a coffin or shroud made from biodegradable materials and then carefully positioned in a water chamber. Instead of using fire, water cremation combines a water and alkali-based solution, and this gentle method speeds up the natural process the body goes through at the end of life. The process is on average 3-4 hours long and once complete the pure white bone ash that remains is returned to the family in an urn as happens with flame cremation.

So outside of a quieter and less environmentally damaging process than flame cremation the public will see no real difference to the funeral service process or the returning of ash.

The actual term Resomation was thoughtfully chosen using “Resoma” which is a Greek/Latin derivation for “rebirth of the human body” i.e. resolving the body back to the basic organic components and its rapid and beneficial return to our eco-system to be re-used as nature had designed. Our bodies only borrow those finite organic/inorganic building blocks during our life and we need to eventually return them. This happens with water cremation as with natural burial.

Following the factory tour, the NAFD meeting commenced in the meeting room of LBBC Technologies.