Water Cremation has many names – Alkaline hydrolysis, Resomation, Dissolution, and Aquamation. But, what is it and why should I consider it? Keep reading to find out…
Water Cremation is a process that 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.
Why Should I Consider Water Cremation?
Introduced to the funeral industry in 2011, Water Cremation is the most environmentally friendly method of cremation available. It offers several environmental advantages over traditional burial or flame-based cremation services.
- Overall, the end-to-end process uses 90% less energy than traditional flame cremation.
- Fewer harmful toxins are released into the atmosphere. Medical implants are removed after cremation (you can request to have these returned to you, or medically recycled), ensuring the Mercury they contain is never released into the air.
- While flame cremation produces carbon dioxide equivalent to a 1,000-mile car ride, water cremation does not release any airborne toxins.
- Finally, increased safety standards. The lack of a flame is safer both for the operator and the community. This translates into decreased environmental and human impact.