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  • Business, Funerals, Service, Tips, Urns Comments Off on Swiss Crematorium Makes Precious Metals Out Of Ashes

    Switzerland’s biggest crematorium, Nordheim, uses technology that can extract precious metals from the cremated bodies and these nuggets are then sold. The technology they are using can separate the ashes from the metals such as platinum, gold and silver. The facility cremates around six thousand bodies annually. While some are kept in cremation urns for ashes, one-third chose to offer their ashes for the innovative technology.

    The temperature during cremation can reach 700 degrees Celsius thus only heavy metals are able to withstand this heat. In order to separate the nuggets of precious metals from the ashes, the facility was installed with a special system for filtration.

    These precious metals are then sent to the recycling firms that are buying them for profit. The money earned is directly given to the state coffers which will help the city of Zurich with an additional 100,000 Swiss francs annually.

    There are those who believe that the money should have been sent back to the family of the deceased to help them financially but currently the setup is that the state will earn the profit.

    It is not mandatory for every cremated body to undergo the filtration process and they have the option to do it or not. According to record from the crematorium, a third of the bodies cremated have chosen to join the program.

    There are only two crematoriums in all of Switzerland that utilize this technique. The other one is located in Solothurn, a town in the middle of Bern and Basel, and earning 40,000 Swiss francs annually from filtering precious metals.

    Not every crematorium in the country is open to employing the technique such as those in Basel, St Gallen and Aarau that have already announced they will not use the same technique.

    A representative from the crematorium in St. Gallen said the ashes should be the property of the grieving families and not the state or even the crematorium. This is why after cremation they keep them in cremation urns for ashes or spread them where depending on the deceased person’s wish.

  • Funerals, Service, Tips Comments Off on Live Streaming Funerals Are Helping People Grieve

    Live streaming has made celebrities of people on the internet, a fact that Twitch built itself on. But live streaming was originally envisioned with the idea of bringing people together, letting them experience life no matter how distant they are from each other.

    And it seems like funeral directors in Sydney and across Australia have moved with the times, with funeral live streaming, and a new branch of the funeral services industry; funeral IT. Yeah, that’s right, an IT department for helping you properly send off the duly departed.  If it’s not a direct offer from the funeral company, there are companies popping up that can offer live streaming during funerals.

    It’s already something people are taking advantage of, as ANC News recently reported on this development in the funeral industry, and the article’s first paragraph covers the usefulness of funeral live streams quite well.  It talks about the funeral of one Emily Rotta, an adventurous soul hailing from Milan, who went to Australia with her husband and son.

    Emily herself chose the company to handle her funeral services, to ensure that they had a live streaming service so she could involve her family back home, in Milan. This ensured that her distant family, still in their home country, were part of the grief, and also got closure.

    This is why it’s such a development. Some people are simply unable to attend the funeral of a loved one, either due to being busy at work, an illness, being halfway across the globe, or simply the sheer suddenness of the person’s passing. This lets people circumvent that issue. The internet has long since talked about how it brings people together from across the world, and this is just a natural extension of that. Why it took so long, however, might be due to the fact that funerals are considered sacredaffairs, rightfully so.

    There’s even been some support from experts, with University of Queensland’s Prof.Judity Murray, saying that there are benefits. Of course, she’s also warned that it’s just like anything else with technology; there are risks involved and there might be unintended consequences. It’s a good thing to work towards understanding the technology before we go crazy with it, yes?