Aquamation is the reduction of the body by a chemical process, not a flame process. In traditional cremation, the soft tissue is removed with fire. In aquamation, the tissues are dissolved into water. What remains after either process are the bones of the deceased. These are processed into a powder – “ash”
The process is 90% more efficient than flame cremation. Think of flame cremation as a diesel truck, and aquamation as a Nissan Leaf.
Many people think of the process as more “gentle” because it doesn’t use fire to reduce the body. The aquamation process “unzips” the molecules of the tissues and dissolves them in water. We aren’t here to make a judgement call, we’re just providing some perspective.
While it hasn’t been in widespread use in humans for long, it is a century old technology in use for animals. It is hardly a “new thing” when it comes to it’s use, so don’t think of this as experimental.
What is returned looks like cremated remains, but lighter in color. There is also 20% more because there isn’t the high heat and air movement that sends particulates up the chimney.
This technology embodies everything that Elemental stands for – stewardship of our planned, community engagement, and healing for our families. It is a better way of caring for our deceased and as such, contributes significantly to our vision to change the way, we as a culture, engage with our dead.