Frequently asked questions
What actually happens?
With aquamation an animal is respectfully placed in a container that is then placed inside a clean, stainless steel vessel. A combination of gentle water flow, temperature and alkalinity are used to accelerate the natural process of tissue hydrolysis. All organic material is reduced to its most basic building blocks.
Is the animal dissolved in acid?
No-3/4 aquamation uses a catalyst called alkali 3/4 that is the chemical opposite of an acid. Alkalis are made from sodium and potassium salts.
Is this process safe for the environment?
Yes. The water-based process uses a solution of 95% water and 5% alkali. The alkalis used in this process are the same used in biodiesel production, common cosmetic products, and even in food preparation. At the end of the process the chemical has been completely consumed, neutralized, and no longer remains in the water solution.
What happens to the water?
The water is returned to the ecosystem via the normal wastewater treatment facility- just as all funeral homes in the U.S. do during the embalming process. The aquamation process produces a completely sterile solution of amino acids, sugars, nutrients, salt and soap in a water solution. These are the byproducts of natural decomposition.
Are the powdered ashes safe to handle?
Yes. The remains are 100% safe, pathogen and disease free. The ash that is returned to the family is simply bone mineral or calcium phosphate. The ashes will keep in an urn or may be buried or scattered in a special place as some families choose to do.