Court Challenges New Way Funeral Home Liquefies Bodies

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A funeral home is offering to liquefy dead bodies and the state challenged their endeavors.

The process is called alkaline hydrolysis and it works by submerging the body in a solution of water and potassium hydroxide, it is then pressurized and heated to 199 degrees, 10TV’s Kevin Landers reported on Tuesday.

“It's a clean green option," said funeral director Jeff Edwards.

His funeral home said it was the first in the nation to offer the process. Edwards said  state said they originally did not understand the process and eventually ordered him to stop.

In March, Edwards filed a lawsuit against the state in an attempt to allow him to continue using his machine.

The judge sided with the Ohio Department of Health which decides how bodies are disposed, Landers reported.

Because of the lawsuit, the state would not comment other than stating that the process is an unregulated option to cremation. It said it cannot approve something that is not regulated.

Edwards said regulation is needed, but should not prevent him from providing a service that is not illegal.

Brad Shimp made the decision to use the alkaline hydrolysis process on his deceased father. He said he was glad he did.

“It made sense for us to do it that way,” Shimp said.

According to the funeral home, 19 bodies went through the process.

Seven other states have approved alkaline hydrolysis process.

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