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Casket burials are pricey (on average, over $8,500 for a traditional one), toxic (embalming fluid contains carcinogenic formaldehyde that can seep into the earth), and, soon, potentially unavailable (reports show that the U.S. is starting to run out of cemetery space). to see if your state is currently one of the 10 that allow water cremation, in which the body is decomposed in a nontoxic liquid chemical bath. The method uses one-seventh the energy of a fire cremation.

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