Whether you choose burial, flame cremation or aquamation, in the end, the body breaks down to its basic element of bone ash. The difference between these three processes is the time it takes and how the transition occurs.
With burial; soil and microorganisms are the driving factors behind the process, and can take up to 25 years to fully reduce the body to bone. Where as with fire cremation, this does naturally happen very quickly with the involvement of high heat reducing the body to ash, however the amount of carbon dioxide emitted is alarmingly high per cremation, and with the high amounts of energy required to carry out the process it is clear to see why people are looking for alternatives.
The process of water cremations is through the solution which is used. 95% of which is water, this is blended with an alkali solution of potassium hydroxide
(KOH), and sodium. The deceased body is placed in to a stainless steel chamber where the water and alkali are added and the temperature is raised. The water and alkali work together through the reaction caused when the water solution is heated up to somewhere in between 200 - 300 degrees. When the water is drained from the chamber, not much will be remaining.
In fact, mostly what will be remaining are bone fragments and the persons dental fillings, which can be crushed into ash for scattering, in the same way that you would after a fire cremation.
For people looking to make a more informed and environmentally conscious decision around burials, water cremation offers a genuine alternative to cremation or burial funeral.
Many states are legalizing water cremation including Florida, California and Utah as more and more people look for alternatives to the "usual two".
If you would like further information around the possibilities of a water cremated funeral service, please don't hesitate to get in touch, or visit our FAQ's page
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