Frequently Asked Questions
We have heard thousands of questions, and chosen to provide you with the answers to some of the more common questions relating to a Water Cremation.
- What actually happens....?
With aquamation, an individual body is respectfully place in a containerthat is then placed inside a clean, stainless steel vessel. A conbination of gentle water flow, temerature. and alkalinity are used to accelelate 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 recycling)our bodies are approximately 65% water to begin with), and only the inorganic bone naterals remain. The materials are processed into power and returned to the family in an urn.
- Is the body dissolved in acid....?
No,aquamation uses a catalyst called alkali, which is a chemical opposite opposite of an acid. Alkalis are made from sodium and potassium salts.
- Are the alkalis used in the process safe from the enviroment....?
Yes. The water-based process used a solution of 95% water and 5% alkali (a combination of sodium and potassium hydroxide). The alkalis used inthe process are the same alkalis used in biodiesel production, common cosmetic products, body washes, shaving creams, and even food preparation. At the end of the process, the chemical has been completely consumed, neutralized, and no longer remains in the water solution.
- What happens to the Water....?
The water is returned to the ecosystem via the normal water treatment facility, just as all funeral homes in the United States do during the embalming process. The aquamation process produces a completely sterile solution of amino acids, sugars, nutrients, salts, and soap in a water solution. These are the byproducts of natural decomposition.
- Are the powered ashes safe to handle....? Yes, the remains are 100% safe, pathogen and disease free. The ash that is returned to the family is simplybone 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.