Aqua Cremation is an eco-friendly alternative to flame-based cremation that uses water to accelerate what happens during natural decomposition. First introduced for cremating human remains by the Mayo Clinic and UCLA Medical School, it uses a combination of gentle water flow, temperature, pressure, and alkalinity to return the body to its natural form. Similar to flame-based cremation, the only solid remains are the mineral ash of the bones that is returned to the family for memorialization.
One of the biggest advantages of Aqua Cremation is that it's very environmentally friendly.
- Uses water not flame
- No emission of harmful greenhouse gasses or mercury
- Smaller carbon footprint
- Over 90% energy savings over flame-based cremation
- Uses less water than a single household in a day
If you’re interested in learning more about Aqua Cremation, please call (503) 894-7611 and we’d be happy to provide you more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. Alkaline is actually the opposite of an acid and is used along with water, pressure, and gentle heat to help dissolve the soft tissues of the body. After the process is complete, the only solid remains are the minerals from the bones.
Yes. The process uses 95% water and 5% alkalis – sodium and potassium hydroxide, the same ones used in cosmetic products and food preparation. By the time the process is complete, the alkalis have been completely used up and is gone from the water solution.
The water is routed through normal channels to a wastewater treatment facility for processing, just as all funeral homes do during the embalming process. The process produces a completely sterile solution of sugars, salts, amino acids, and soap in a water solution – all byproducts of natural decomposition.
Yes. The remains produced by this process are 100% safe and pathogen and disease free. The ash is simply bone minerals or calcium phosphate. The ashes can be kept in an urn, buried or scattered at the family’s discretion.