When a loved one passes away, and hasn't made disposition arrangements in advance, the surviving family members have a decision to make. A lot of people aren't comfortable with flame cremation, which is a less expensive alternative to a traditional burial. An even better option is Aqua Cremation, which uses a water-based process instead of fire for disposition of the body.
U.C Davis - Callahan Funeral Home is the only facility in Grundy County to offer the Aqua Cremation process, also known as alkaline hydrolysis. A combination of water flow, temperature, and alkalinity is used to accelerate the body's natural breakdown. The body is not dissolved in acid.
The Mayo Clinic, UCLA Medical School, and UTSW Medical School have willed-body programs that are used for scientific research; when a body is no longer needed, these trusted institutions use the Aqua Cremation process, and have for over 20 years.
There are a variety of benefits of using Aqua Cremation. The sterile process prevents the release of emissions, and protects natural resources. Up to 20% more of the body's ashes are returned to the family, and the process is completely eco-friendly. The water used for Aqua Cremation is returned to the ecosystem through the normal wastewater treatment facility. The ashes are 100% safe to handle; they're pathogen- and disease-free. The returned ashes, which are light in color due to the lack of carbon discoloration from fire, are simply bone mineral, which will keep well in an urn or can be buried or scattered as the family wishes.
Families are grateful to have a choice when it comes to making a decision regarding the disposition of a loved one. This gentle, innovative process is a wonderful end-of-life option. For more information about Aqua Cremation, please contact:
U.C. Davis - Callahan Funeral Home, LTD.
301 W Washington St.
Morris, IL 60450