Aquamation is a gentle process that uses water instead of fire to return a body back to Mother Nature. The scientific name for this process is alkaline hydrolysis. It’s the same process that occurs as part of nature’s course when a body is laid to rest in the soil. A combination of gentle water flow, temperature, and alkalinity are used to accelerate the breakdown of organic materials.
Using 90% less energy and with 10x less C02 emissions, water cremation is the clear environmental choice. A single flame cremation produces an average of 534.6 pounds of carbon dioxide, not to mention the toxic emissions from mercury or silver dental fillings. Any implants, including artificial joints, pacemakers, or fillings, can be recycled safely after the process is completed.
Yes, with 20-30% more ashes than one would receive from a flame cremation. At the end of the process, the inorganic remains of the body (the calcium phosphate of the bones) resemble skeletal remains. In North America and other parts of the world, it is customary to process the minerals into a powder for placement in an urn. This is the same processing step that is performed for the remains that result from flame cremation. Some cultures wish to keep the mineral remains as whole as possible for ceremonial burial, and because Aquamation is so gentle to the remains, it is the ideal process for this purpose.