Frequently Asked Questions Pet Cremation

What is aquamation

Our Water-based process is an eco-friendly alternative to flame cremation and burial. It uses water intstead of fire to return a body back to Mother Nature.

The scientific name for this Water-based process is alkaline hydrolysis. It is the same process that occurs as part of nature's course when a body is laid to rest in the soil. We use a combination of water flow, temperature and alkalinity to accelerate nature's process.

Who supports it?

 For over 20 years, trusted institutions have chosen this process for the dignified and environmentally  conscious disposition of bodies donated to medical science. Most recently, the MAYO Clinic , UCLA Medical School, and UTSW Medical School have chosen this process for their distinguished Willed Body Programs 

What actually happens during the Aquamation process ?

With aquamtion, your pet companion's body is respectfully placed in a container that is then placed inside a clean, stainless steel vessel.

A combination of gentle water flow, temperature , and alkalinity are used to  accelerate the natural process of tissue hydrolysis. All organic material is reduced to its most basic building blocks.

At the end of the process, there is no DNA or  RNA remaining. the sterile process water is released for 

for recycling  ( our bodies are approximately 65 % water to begin with) , and only the inorganic bone

minerals are processed into powder and returned to the family in an urn.

is the body dissolved in acid ?

No aquamation uses a catalyst, called alkali, which is the chemical opposite of an acid.

Alkalis are  made from sodium and potassium salts.

are the alkalis used in this process safe for the environment ?

Yes. The water-based process uses a solution of 95% water and 5% alkali ( a combination of

sodium and potassium hydroxide ). The alkalis used in this process are the same alkalis used 

in biodiesal production, common cosmetic products, body washes, shaving creams, and even in  food preperation. At the end of the process, the chemical has been completely consumed , neutralized , and no longer remains in the water solution.

are the powdered ashes sage to handle ?

Yes . The remains are 100% safe , pathogen and disease free. The ash that  is returned to the family  is simply bone mineral, or calcium phosphate. The ashes will keep in an urn, or may be  buried or scattered in a special place as some families choose to do.

why is Aquamation considered an ENVIRONMENTALLY friendly choice ?

With Aquamation there are no direct emissions of harmful greenhouse gases or mercury to the atmosphere. This process does not burn any fossil fuels.  It is very energy efficient - greater than 90% energy savings compared to flame cremation, with 1/10 th of the carbon footprint.

What is the impact of the water usage ?

Virtually zero. The aquamation process uses less water than a single household uses in one day. This includes all of the  water used for the process, along with the clean water rinsing  of the final remains and vessel.