At some point, decisions have to be made regarding the disposition of the body of a loved one who has passed. If the deceased made the wise decision to pre-plan, the memorial and funeral will be much easier for the survivors to navigate. Many times, however, plans are not made or even discussed in advanced, and the family has to choose between traditional burial and cremation. An alternative type of cremation, Aqua Cremation (or Aquamation), is available at U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home for those who are uncomfortable with flame cremation. Here are 3 important things to know about Aqua Cremation:
1. It involves a water-based process called alkaline hydrolysis, which uses a combination of water flow, temperature, and alkalinity to accelerate the normal natural breakdown of a body. Many highly regarded institutions have utilized Aqua Cremation for over twenty years to dispose of bodies that were donated to medical science. The Mayo Clinic, UCLA Medical School, and UTSW Medical School all use Aqua Cremation for their willed-body programs.
2. For those interested in helping preserve the environment, Aqua Cremation is a "green" eco-friendly choice. Unlike with flame cremation, Aqua Cremation adds no direct emissions of harmful greenhouse gases or mercury into the atmosphere. The process is very energy efficient, offering over 90% energy savings compared to flame cremation, with only 1/10th of the carbon footprint. The family receives up to 20% more ash remains with Aqua Cremation.
3. Families are grateful to have a choice regarding the disposition of the body of their dear loved one. Many believe Aqua Cremation to be a more gentle alternative to flame cremation, and prefer the benefit of receiving more of the ashes of their loved one so it's easier to share or have multiple "scatterings", especially if the family members live far from each other.
For more information about Aqua Cremation, please contact:
U.C. Davis - Callahan Funeral Home, LTD.
301 W Washington St.
Morris, IL 60450