Eco-Friendly Water Cremation Explained

Eco-Friendly Water Cremation Explained2019-02-18T23:56:40+00:00

Q: What is Eco-Friendly Water Cremation?

Also known as aquamation, eco-friendly water cremation is alkaline hydrolysis. It is a slow, gentle, quiet process that simply speeds up the natural decomposition of your pet’s body. At the end of this process only bone remains. The bone is dried, ground, and returned to you as cremated remains.

Q: What is the difference between eco-friendly water cremation and traditional flame cremation?

Flame cremation reduces your pet’s body to bone via a flame fed by natural gas. Even the most efficient flame crematoriums use a lot of natural gas, and the by-product is CO2.

Eco-friendly water cremation reduces your pet’s body to bone via alkaline hydrolysis and does not produce CO2. In fact, the fluid by-product (which is sterile and DNA-free) is beneficial for our sewer system.

With flame cremation we offer only private cremation — your pet will be the only pet in the crematorium.

With eco-friendly water cremation pets are partitioned — they are placed in their own basket (or enclosed section) with a steel ID tag. Multiple pets are cremated at the same time but bones are not mixed. You will still receive only your pet’s cremated remains.

Flame cremation is efficient. We offer a 3-day guarantee and same-day service is available. It takes 1-4 hours to cremate a pet.

Water cremation takes a little longer. The process itself takes about 20 hours, and then there is a multi-day drying time. We offer a 7-day guarantee.

The cremated remains created by water cremation are softer and finer than those created by flame cremation. Water cremation also generates about 20% more cremated remains than flame cremation.

Witnessed cremations are available for both flame and water cremation.

For a quick reference, please see Radiant Heart’s Comparison Chart. 

Q: With water cremation, will I get my pet’s ashes back?

With both flame and water cremation you will receive your pet’s cremated remains.  Cremated remains are simply bone that is ground.

“Cremated remains” or “cremains” is the accurate way to describe the end result of any type of cremation, and not “ashes.”

Culturally the phrase “ashes to ashes, dust to dust” comes from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer burial service published in 1549. Back then, if cremations were performed, they most likely took place on wood piles and so wood ash would have been present at the end of a cremation.

With modern flame cremation, some residual black carbon may linger with the bone and this can be very “ashy.”

Q: May I have a more technical description of the process?

See Explanation of the Hydrolysis Process provided by Bio-Response Solutions, the maker of our PET400 pet aquamation machine.