Water cremation, also known as aquamation, uses liquid (95% water, 5% alkali solution), elevated heat, and water to break the chemical bonds that hold the body’s proteins together. This process directly replicates the effect of naturally occurring decomposition of traditional earthen burials.
At the end of this process, the body has been returned to its constituent elements – amino acids, peptides, sugars and salts – suspended in the water. Similar to flame-based cremation, there is no DNA to link back to the person and the only solid remains are the bones, which are then pulverized and returned to the family as remains.
Introduced to the public in 2011, Water Cremation is the most environmentally friendly method of cremation available. It offers a number of environmental advantages over traditional burial or flame-based cremation services.
Overall, the end-to-end process uses 90% less energy than traditional flame cremation.
This translates into decreased environmental and human impact. As a result, an increasing number of people are choosing water cremation as an alternative to burial and flame-based cremation services.