Archbishop Desmond Tutu, will be aquamated, a water-based technique regarded as an environmentally beneficial option to cremation.
Thousands of South Africans have paid their respects to Tutu’s remains at St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town, where it has been on display.
Following his death a week ago at the age of 90, there has been an outburst of grief.
The funeral for Archbishop Desmond Tutu is set to go down this weekend. His family has yet to decide whether a private or public ceremony would be held.
According to the Archbishop Tutu IP Trust and the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, he emphasized on “no crassness or excessive spending” on the ceremony and that he be offered “the least expensive accessible coffin,” with the only flowers in the cathedral being “a bouquet of pink roses from his family.”
Aquamation, which employs water instead of fire, is promoted as a greener alternative to cremation. According to proponents, it reduces the quantity of environmentally hazardous carbon dioxide produced by up to 90%.
Alkaline hydrolysis is the technical term for weighing the body and then heating it to 150°C (300°F) in a solution of potassium hydroxide and water for up to 90 minutes.
The bodily tissue is dissolved, leaving only the bones, which are then cleaned at 120°C, dried, and pulverized into a coarse powder using a cremulator.
Following these stages, the remains can be buried or scattered according to the deceased’s desires, exactly as they would in a traditional cremation.