A Pretty Morbid Question

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  1. uptownlivin90
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    I've been watching the news non-stop keeping track of the disaster in Haiti, and it's got me thinking about the best way in situations like this (third world poverty stricken countries with little infrastructure, destroyed by a natural disaster) what is the best and most dignified and healthy way to dispose of decaying bodies?

    Is there any alternative to these mass graves and should the US and first world countries begin thinking of new ways to dispose of bodies in situations where 50,000+ bodies might be laying in the street?

    I was thinking of maybe a quick and safe form of cremation, a way that bodies can be quickly cremated and there ashes collected. It might be a sort of morbid question but this is really serious, especially because this IS Haiti. While mass graves are fine and dandy the Haitian people are in danger this hurricane season especially if land slides occur like they did in 2008 is it possible if the dead are not buried properly that dead bodies carrying diseases could turn up and contaminate the already sickly up water supply?

    Just something I was thinking about. It's tragic how many lives have been lost, and it just begs the question how is this nation going to deal with it?
     
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    I think cremation would be the way to go. I have seen on the News where they have started to bury them in radom open spots out of respect.
     
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    cremation would seem the logical answer if they have them...burning the bodies in the open is also an option...a pit ...as inhumane as that seems they need to get the dead bodies out of the way..sadly that leaves no time for identification and for the family to deal with the dead...liming the bodies will buy some time
     
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    fire has to be very hot to burn a human body
     
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    I agree about cremation being the way to go.

    Any word from your family UpTown?

    Immie
     
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    depends on the religious beliefs of the stricken people. some religions don't permit cremation.
     
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    I am thinking a large amount are catholic, and I can't remember if Catholics believe in cremation or not???
     
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    part of the problem jillian is you dont have time for the sorting out of those who want this or that

    or perhaps you just dont have time to honor the dead at great cost to the living
     
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    They should have a couple of hospital ships sitting in the harbor by now. As well as massive supply ships filled with food and water.

    They should also have refrigerated morgue ships where they could bring the bodies and identify them and cremate them if the family wants.
     
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