Water Cremations

water cremation

Here at Cremation Ink ®, we work with clients from all around the globe who send us remain of their loved one’s to get infused into tattoo inks. We get asked a lot of the time if there is a difference with water cremation remains and flame cremation reamins and the answer is no. There is no difference in the end result of your loved one, both fire cremation and a water cremation reduce them to powder, which we can infuse into our high quality tattoo ink for you.


Water Cremations



With the ever stretched resources of the planet and the need for a more eco-friendly means of disposal of a body, a water cremation has a much smaller energy impact and is cleaner for the enviroment. So it this for you ? read on to explore the process of water cremations.


Water cremations, resomation, Aquamation and flameless cremation are just some of the buzzwords used. AH, the scientific name for this process is alkaline hydrolysis, but it is not really a scientific process. Alkaline hydrolysis is a water-based chemical dissolution process that uses strong alkalis to rapidly break down the body into bone fragments. Instead of flames, it uses an alkaline solution of potassium hydroxide (KOH), which is found in household products and dissolves the body when heated, leaving bone fragments and a sterile liquid only.

Alkaline hydrolysis is a natural process that the body undergoes during burial, which can take up to 25 years, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Essentially, Water Cremation accelerates this natural process to 2-3 hours in a very calm, controlled environment. Advocates say that this method is a gentler process than incineration and is much better for the environment than cremation. It’s also an alternative for people who don’t want to be buried but can’t get used to cremation.

One way to imagine this is that alkaline hydrolysis accelerates the ordinary decay process by using a mixture of water, water vapor, carbon monoxide, and other chemicals. Tissues and organs of the body dissolve in a syrupy fluid that is treated as sewage. In fact, most of the body is liquefied and goes down the drain, and what remains after alkaline hydrolysis is crushed to ashes / powder and placed in an urn.

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Understanding Water Cremations

With water cremation, the body is placed in a stainless steel container and then placed in the chamber for processing. After around 3 hrs, the organic material of the deceased has been liquified and when flushed, the remains are all the bone remnants. These are then placed, similar to cremation, in a reduction machine to get a more conforming particle size.

There are several reasons why people prefer alkaline hydrolysis to flame – cremation. It consumes significantly less fuel, has lower energy consumption than traditional funeral or burial methods and has the advantage of disposal over conventional burials or burials compared to incineration.

Alkaline hydrolysis, also known as water combustion, is an viable alternative form of cremation in which no flames are produced. It follows the standard cremation procedure, whereby the deceased is transported to a facility, the body is properly stored for cremation and finally handed over to an authorized agent. The body is processed and then the remains handed back to the agent, wether that be an undertaker, for a person, or straght to the bereaved if it is a pet.

water cremations near me

Water Cremation Near Me

The procedure has been recognized for over a century (1888), but only recently has it become a widely known option. Resomation, aquamation and water-cremation are some of the brand names associated with the process, as well as the terms used to describe alkaline hydrolysis.

A quick look online should find a local provider near you which can offer the service. Many pet crematoriums are now offering the serice, with facilities for human treatment slowly popping up every month.

As mentioned above, the alkaline hydrolysis process is one of the most efficient methods of decomposing the body of pets and even our own bodies. As an example, it can take up to 25 years for a pet’s body to decompose, but it naturally decomposes due to the acidity of the water and naturally decomposes through an alkaline hydrolysis process.

The process of decomposition is simply accelerated by using a very simple pH solution to reduce the body into bones.

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Conclusion On Water Cremations.


Its easy to see, that slowly but surely, water cremations will take a foot hold in the market. One of the prime reasons for this is the machinery and requirements needed to operate a water cremation facility is much less, so slowly the market will expand and in doing so, it has an ability to become a cheaper option than flame cremation. Once this price match / price reduction, is acheived, then it will become an everyday option on what either the client or the deceased loved one wants to be done with their body. The high footprint and non-eco value of the old stagnated cremation industry or the advanced low foot print of water cremation.


Either way, here at Cremation Ink ® we can work with both aquamation remains as well as normal cremation remains. Explore the site, for not only memorial tattoo ideas, but also more about cremation as a whole, memorial tattoos and look below for more on Aquamation.

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