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Understanding Aquamation and How It Works

When planning your end-of-life arrangements as a funeral consumer, you’ve probably considered traditional cremation as your disposition. But for consumers looking for an eco-friendlier cremation option, consider looking into aquamation.

We’ve done some of the research for you, outlining what aquamation is, its advantages and also the disadvantages, so you can make the best decision about your arrangements.

What is Aquamation?

At a high level, aquamation is defined as “a gentle process that uses water instead of fire to return a body back to Mother Nature,” according to Bio-Response Solutions. The Indiana-based company specializes in aquamation and “non-burn” technologies, scientifically known as Alkaline Hydrolysis.

During the aquamation process, remains are immersed in a solution for three to four hours, liquifying the remains into dust-like material, and returned to the family in an urn.

What are the Advantages of Aquamation?

Perfect for the Eco-Friendly Consumer

Aquamation is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional cremation that uses 90% less energy than its traditional counterpart. The process uses electricity instead of fossil fuels, making it a compatible process for growing energy resources like wind and water.

Memorialize Your Loved One

Because of the aquamation process, you can get up to 20% more of your loved one’s remains than with traditional cremation, according to industry leader, Bio-Response Solutions. The bio company also shows the difference between traditional and aquamation remains – with aquamation having a more granular consistency, giving you endless options for memorialization.

Are there Disadvantages of Aquamation?

It May Not Be Available in Your Area

Aquamation is newer (about 30 years old), so it’s not necessarily widespread, location-wise, and the equipment and setup can cost thousands of dollars for firms. Additionally, the process is not necessarily regulated or legal in some U.S. states and other countries.

It May Not Be in Line with All Religious Views

For some religious views, aquamation is not seen as the most respectful way to handle remains, as it does not show sacredness for the remains. As with all end-of-life arrangements, your decisions are completely personal, and your funeral director will help you navigate and find the best disposition for your beliefs.


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