Alkaline Hydrolysis and New Funeral Disposition Options

May 23, 2014 | 0 comments

'A Good Goodbye' Radio Show with Gail RubinWant to be buried in your own back yard or reduce the carbon footprint of your cremation? New technologies are lowering funeral costs and expanding options for disposition of the dead.

Many families choose cremation over burial because of much lower costs. But what if one could return to the earth quickly, cleanly and cheaply? will allow families to bury their dead on private land at a quarter of the cost of a traditional burial.

Alkaline hydrolysis, an alternative to fire-based cremation, uses one-tenth of CO2-producing energy used by retorts. “Flameless cremation” is currently offered at four U.S. funeral homes and three anatomical research facilities, including the Mayo Clinic.

Ed Gazvoda, a pioneering entrepreneur offering these alternative disposition methods, joins host Gail Rubin on A Good Goodbye Radio. He’ll discuss alkaline hydrolysis, his new approach to disposition, and developing changes in the funeral industry.

Topics to be covered include:

  • The growth of alkaline hydrolysis in the funeral industry
  • What the process involves and how it will change funerals
  • How much traditional funerals cost and how families can lower their expenses
  • Where alkaline hydrolysis systems can be found today
  • Consumer demands and the changing marketplace in funeral service

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Host Gail Rubin, CT, brings a light touch to a serious subject and presents expert interviews on funeral planning issues with practical insights into the party no one wants to plan. By planning ahead and having a conversation, families can reduce stress at a time of grief, minimize family conflict, save money and create a meaningful, memorable “good goodbye.” Sign up for a free planning form and get more information at

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Gail Rubin, funeral expert and Celebrant

Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®

Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®, is author of the award-winning book, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die. Host of A Good Goodbye television series and Internet radio show, she is a Certified Thanatologist (that’s a death educator) and a popular speaker who uses humor and films to get the funeral planning conversation started. She’s also a Certified Funeral Celebrant, funeral planning consultant, and insurance agent.

Rubin is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, and the National Speakers Association New Mexico Chapter. Her website is

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