What is aquamation, ‘cremation’ with water

What is aquamation, 'cremation' with water

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Flowers in the coffin of Archbishop Desmond Tutu during a state funeral in Cape Town on January 1.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa (1931–2021), hero of the struggle against apartheid and 1984 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who died on 26 December, requested that his body be subjected to aquamation.

“It was his aspiration as an environmental activist,” said his friend, the Reverend Michael Weider.

This is because the process has been advocated by its promoters as “greening” an alternative to cremation.

The technique turns the body into ashes, as is the case during a cremation, but without the need for combustion.

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