AQUAMATION or Alkaline Hydrolysis


This water-based process is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional flame-based cremation. Aquamation is a gentle and respectful process that uses water instead of fire. The water-based process uses a solution of 95% water and 5% alkali (a combination of sodium and potassium hydroxide). At the end of the process, the chemical has been completely consumed, neutralized, and no longer remains in the water solution.


The scientific name for this water-based process is alkaline hydrolysis. It is the same process which occurs as part of nature’s course when a body is laid to rest in the soil. A combination of water flow, temperature, and alkalinity is used to accelerate nature’s process. At the end of the process, there is no DNA or RNA remaining. The sterile process water is released for recycling and only the inorganic bone minerals remain. The ash that is returned to the family is simply bone mineral, or calcium phosphate and is safe and pathogen free.  The ashes will keep in an urn or may be buried in ground, placed in an above ground niche or scattered in a special place. Visit our Cemetery page to view our final resting place options. A free scattering is offered to every family we serve.