Eco-Friendly Water Cremation

Q: What is Eco-Friendly Water Cremation?

Eco-friendly water cremation, also known as aquamation, saves energy and reduces pollution while still providing you with your pet’s cremated remains.  It is a slow, gentle and quiet process that simply speeds up the natural decomposition of soft tissue. 

Here is a video that further explains the process:  


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

At Radiant Heart, eco-friendly water cremation and flame cremation cost the same and they do the same thing — they simply reduce soft-tissue and leave bone. The bone is then ground down and returned to you as cremated remains. However, even the most efficient flame crematoriums require a lot of natural gas to create a powerful flame, and they generate a lot of CO2 as a by-product. Water cremation, instead, uses lots of water and just a few pounds of white crystalized alkali (not acid but alkali) which breaks down the soft-tissue at a molecular level.

Water cremation is technologically superior to flame cremation and does not harm the environment.

With water cremation we offer a 7-day guarantee.  The process itself takes approximately 24 hours, and then there is a multi-day drying time. With flame cremation, we offer a 3-day guarantee and same-day service is available. It takes 1-4 hours to cremate a pet via flame cremation.

With water cremation pets are partitioned — they are placed in their own compartment within a cradle along with a steel ID tag. You will receive only your pet’s cremated remains. With flame cremation we offer only private cremation — your pet will be the only pet in the crematorium.

The cremated remains created by water cremation are softer and finer than those created by flame cremation. Also, due to the fact that flame cremation is more destructive, water cremation generates 20% more cremated remains than flame cremation.

Witnessed cremations are available for both flame and water cremation.

Check out our blog post, A Cremation Pracitioner’s View: Why I Prefer Water Cremation / Why You Should Choose Water Cremation for Your Pet which compares the two processes from a crematory operator’s point of view.

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

With both flame and water cremation you will receive only your pet’s cremated remains.  Cremated remains are simply bone that is ground down to the consistency of sand.

“Cremated remains” or “cremains” is the accurate way to describe the end result of any type of cremation.

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.” With aquamation, the result is only bone.

Q:  Is there a cost difference?

No.  Radiant Heart deliberately prices aquamation and flame cremation the same, so that folks may simply choose the process that they are most comfortable with.

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

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