New cremation technology might make you feel better about it

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A Roseburg funeral home is showcasing some new technology, that might change how you feel about cremation. Some people say they don't like the thought of a body being burned, but now they won't have to.

Officials with Pearson's Funeral Home in Roseburg say this is the only place in the Pacific Northwest with this new machine.

The unit is a new alternative to flame based cremation, using only water.

The body goes into a stainless steel water vessel for a process called Alkaline Hydrolisis.

Morris Pearson, owner & director of Pearson's Funeral Home, says the technology isn't unheard of. "In most of the nation they call this 'wet cremation.' But in Oregon we call it 'dissolution,'" he said.

Next, a mix of salt-water products is added and the person's weight is punched into the system. "It's all automatic," Pearson said. "We merely start the process and the machine starts running."

The machine uses water instead of fire to dissolve the body, a process that takes 10 to 15 hours depending on the weight of the body.

Morris says some people will have an easier time considering cremation. "What was told to me was simply, warm bath or a fire? It's a lot more loving."

When it's finished the water is treated and returned to the river and the remains are placed in an urn.

Pearson says that traditionally, there's been burial and flame based cremation. Now, he says there's a green alternative.