When families lose a loved one, there are many decisions to be made regarding memorial services and the disposition of the body. Religious beliefs, family traditions, and the pre-designated wishes of the deceased may play a role in determining whether a traditional burial or a cremation will occur. One lesser-known method of cremation involves using water instead of fire; this gentler option is becoming more popular with families that are in charge of the decision. Here are three things to know about Aqua Cremation:
1. Aqua Cremation is an environmentally friendly option. With flameless cremation, there are no direct emissions of harmful greenhouse gases or mercury into the atmosphere. Aqua Cremation is very energy efficient, with only 1/10 the carbon footprint of flame cremation, in addition to more than 90% energy savings. The entire process uses less water than one household uses in one day. Aqua Cremation mimics the process that occurs when nature takes its course after a body has been laid to rest in the soil. A combination of water flow, temperature, and alkalinity are used to accelerate nature's process.
2. The remains after the Aqua Cremation process are 100% safe and disease-free. The ash that is returned to the family is calcium phosphate, or bone material. Ashes can be kept in a special urn, or they can be buried or scattered as per the deceased's wishes. Aqua Cremation returns up to 20% more ash remains than with flame cremation, making the ashes easier to share with family members.
3. Aqua Cremation is a trusted method that is used at various institutions within the medical field. Bodies that are donated to medical science frequently undergo Aqua Cremation, a process that's been used by the Mayo Clinic, UCLA Medical School, and UTSW Medical school for over twenty years.
For more information about this gentle, eco-friendly option, please contact:
U.C. Davis - Callahan Funeral Home, LTD.
301 W Washington St.
Morris, IL 60450