Is Cremation Toxic? Clearing Up The Doubts!


What do human ashes contain?

Ashes are already an inert material composed only of cellulose, tannins, calcium and potassium salts, carbonates and phosphates, among other inert components. Burial remains, like

when we burn 100% pure wood, can be a great fertilizer for the land or even in the aquatic environment (unless they are intensive ash deposition sites).

Many human cultures buried animal remains. For example, the Ancient Egyptians mummified and buried cats, which they considered deities, and the largest known dog cemetery in the ancient world was discovered at the Ashkelon National Park in Ashkelon, Israel.

London’s Hyde Park was the site of an informal pet cemetery between 1881 and 1903, in the gatekeeper’s garden. From the first burial of “Cherry” until its official closure in 1903, it received 300 burials with miniature headstones, with a final special burial of the Royal Marines mascot dog “Prince” in 1967.

Cimetière des Chiens in Asnières-sur-Seine in Paris, dating from 1899, is an elaborate, sculpted pet cemetery believed to be one of the first public zoological necropolis in the world.

America’s largest and oldest pet cemetery is in Hartsdale, New York. It dates from 1896, when a veterinarian working out of Manhattan offered to let a grieving pet owner bury her dog in his hillside apple orchard. Today, it is the final resting place for more than 70,000 animals. The Hartsdale Pet Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012. Some other famous American pet cemeteries are Aspin Hill Memorial Park in Silver Spring, Maryland, where celebrity animals such as seven of J. Edgar Hoover’s dogs, such as his Cairn terrier Spee De Bozo, and internees at the “Medical Rats Memorial” are buried. (General Grant of R.K.O. was rumored to be Petey of the Our Gang and Little Rascals movies, but this is not true); as well as the Pet Memorial Cemetery in Calabasas, California, where Hopalong Cassidy’s horse, Topper, Steven Spielberg’s Jack Russell Terrier, and Rudolph Valentino’s dog, Kabar, are buried.

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At some cemeteries, such as Aspin Hill Memorial Park in Silver Spring, Maryland human and animal remains may be interred alongside each other. In January 2010, West Lindsey District Council gave permission for a site in the village of Stainton by Langworth to inter animal remains alongside human remains as part of a “green burial” site, making it the first place in England where pets could be buried alongside their owners.


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So why doesn’t the funeral industry want ashes to spread outside cemeteries?

The funeral industry especially, cemetery managers have appreciated that the incineration boom has resulted in a reduction in their income.

Fewer niches are rented, and although it varies from city to city, at best, no more than 30% of human “ashes” are deposited in columbariums located in cemeteries (a service that carries a fee, of course).

That is why, as we have said, some cemetery administrators pressure for human remains to be obligatorily deposited in cemeteries by paying the corresponding fee. This clearly

undermines the freedom of the deceased and their families.

Why do some people say that ashes are toxic?

There is an urban legend that says the ashes are toxic . The reality is that this myth exists because the ashes have been associated with the cremation process, which can be toxic. In Europe, for example, there is a law that regulates the emissions made by crematories (for this process to be non-toxic, funeral homes must comply with European emission guidelines).
The other problem is the pressure from funeral homes and cemetery managers that remains can only be deposited within their premises (for a fee) and it is highly likely that they will spread this rumor that it may be an inappropriate product to deposit in the nature.

So is the ashes toxic?

If the established environmental guidelines have been followed, the ashes of the deceased that are collected and delivered to the relatives are free of toxic substances, since they volatilize due to the high temperature reached in the oven.

However, the toxic substances contained in non-certified caskets, upholstery and tanotopraxia products are converted into dioxins, furans and other volatile organic substances that must be trapped by crematorium filters along with mercury gases from amalgams dental. For this reason, a crematorium must always comply with the corresponding environmental guidelines. This is something that can help a family determine which crematorium to choose.

There are also secondary environmental benefits after the cremation itself. You also forgo the formaldehyde used in most traditional burials, and also omit the casket, grave lining, and long-term maintenance of the cemetery.

Burial affects land and aquifers

We have seen that human cremation is not toxic, but what about the traditional process of Human Inhumation (burial in the ground)?

The decomposition of corpses releases potential chemical pollutants, in which compounds based on carbon, ammonia, chloride, sulfate, sodium, potassium or the remains of hospital chemical treatments -such as chemotherapy- prevail.

Furthermore, if, on the one hand, thanatopraxia processes (temporary preservation of corpses) allow a better body presentability, on the other hand, the chemicals used (formaldehyde) delay the decomposition and release of potential pollutants in the soil.

It is important for people to know the truth about the advantages of cremation over traditional human burial. In the United Kingdom, for example, 70% of the dead are cremated and in the United States more than 50%. The numbers continue to grow each year and there are numerous examples of green cemeteries.
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