Ask a Mortician: Do Funeral Homes Dissolve Bodies in Acid?

Hey looky here, it's a new episode of "Ask a Mortician," in which our favorite death-obsessed lady, Caitlin Doughty, explains what happens during liquid cremation — alkaline hydrolysis, to be exact. In sounds kind of fancy: There's a silk bag involved!

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If natural burial is like a bicycle and cremation is like a ford pickup, why don't we encourage "green" burials? Seriously, person + linen shift into the earth, done.