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Alkaline Hydrolysis (Chemical Cremation)

Alkaline hydrolysis is a method to dispose of human remains. In this process, the human body is reduced to bone ash and a sterile liquid substance through a chemical reaction. While the bone ash is returned to the decedent’s family, the liquid substance that is produced in the process is flushed away, usually into the public waste system. The Diocese of Manchester has opposed this process because Catholic teaching affirms the sacredness of every human life from conception to natural death. Every human person has an innate dignity that calls for the remains of every deceased person to be treated with the utmost respect.


HB 1324 Natural Organic Reduction of Human Remains - January 24, 2024

HB 1577 Regulating Alkaline Hydrolysis - January 28, 2014