What Is Death Technology And Who Provides It?
Death is a daunting topic that is usually swept under the carpet. Then came a time, during the pandemic, when death became an inevitable consequence for many people across the globe. Death became a part of our everyday conversations and families dealing with the death of their loved one became more aware of the work that goes into holding a funeral.
At a time like this, people realized the necessity of finding time for the folks and bonding, even if they were physically apart; quarantined in their houses.
This is where death technology enters the picture. Death technology can be bifurcated into two types. One would be the technology that goes into final dispositions. The technology that goes into figuring out processes for cremation or burials.
The other type of death technology is when people/companies provide services and technology to help with end-of-life planning or dealing with death by inventing technology that preserves digital memories of the deceased.
Death tech has taken over the tech industry by storm, providing personal, unique and sustainable solutions to the family members and friends of the deceased.
Final Dispositions: How Has Death Technology Helped?
Traditionally, final dispositions are done by following two ways: cremation or burial. For centuries, people have followed the historical practices of either cremating a body and saving the ashes or burying the body in a casket, occupying a space in the cemetery. These have been honorable and customary practices that have never been altered.
With the advent of death technology and ecological inventions; presently, people have the option of choosing alternatives to final disposition practices.
Death tech like alkaline hydrolysis, promession, and recomposition is changing the game.
These are some of the eco-friendly methods of cremation. Alkaline hydrolysis is when the deceased is placed into a mixture made of water and alkali. This helps with the final disposition without any need for fire, reducing 1/10th of carbon dioxide production.
Promession is the death technology that mimics the workings of natural decomposition, reducing the carbon footprint of the deceased.
You can also avail of options like eco cremations (using sustainable materials to conduct a cremation), green burials (recomposition), aqua cremations, and tree pod burials; where the deceased is put into a growing tree pod. You can also save the memories of your loved one by buying cremation jewelry or saving them in 3D urns!
The idea of death technology is to provide modern and simple solutions while creating a positive impact on the climate.
End-Of-Life Planning: Where Does Death Technology Fit?
During Covid, it became impossible for families to get together and spend time remembering the deceased. Keeping this in mind, death technology companies realized that people need to feel connected at a time of grief. Inventing ways of communication and saving memorabilia of the loved one became the need of the hour.
Family members and friends could look into end-of-life planning by purchasing their own funerals in advance. Many death technology companies and startups decided to invent technology that simplifies the process of organizing a funeral with packages that can be personalized to the needs of the person planning the funeral.
Companies also found ways to improve death tech by inventing technology that helps preserve memories of the deceased digitally.
Death tech started to focus on providing people with solutions for end-of-life legal guidance, online grief therapy, virtual funeral, and digital memorials.
Death tech’s digital services helped provide a platform that is user-friendly, accessible and helpful at a dire time like this.
Death Tech Companies And Startups
Here is a list of death tech companies providing modern solutions,
- GoodTrust- Preserving digital memories of the deceased
- Everydays- Online end-of-life planning solutions
- Digital Thereafter- Digital memorials, preneed and estate planning services
- Cake- End-of-life planning products and tools
- Recompose- Final disposition service that organically introduces the deceased into the soil
- Living Urn- Proving eco burials by turning cremation urns into a living memorial tree
- Ceoio- Sustainable burial solution by wrapping the deceased in a biodegradable shroud.
- Eterneva- Converting cremated remains into custom diamonds
- Aquamation International- Flameless cremation using the alkaline hydrolysis method
- Promessa- Uses natural decomposition technology called promession for final disposition
Death Technology: A Modern Alternative
Companies like the ones listed above are trying to reduce the number of problems that come with dealing with the death of a loved one. Technology may not be able to replace the traditions that have come along so far but are here to invent newer ones, using technology to provide sustainable and digital solutions to the family and friends of the deceased.