Aquamation (also called water-based cremation, alkaline hydrolysis, bio-cremation, green cremation, and flame-less cremation) is an emerging form of body care that is gentler to the environment.
Starting in February 2017, Last Wishes is proud to offer this new process to families in the Greater Houston area through our sister company Earthman Last Wishes. Our staff and team of doctors will make all the arrangements for you. By choosing aquamation, your pet never leaves the care of Last Wishes. Please note that Earthman Last Wishes Pet Aquamation can accomodate pets up to 100 pounds with this system.
How does Aquamation work?
Aquamation is a gentle, environmentally-friendly process of reduction using warmed, flowing water and alkalinity. It accelerates what naturally takes place during decomposition in the earth. Similar to traditional cremation, the only solid remains are the mineral ash of the bones. Initially, the ash is light sage green in color because it is clean, without carbon discoloration, and retains minerals. We allow the bone and ash to dry for 48 hours before final processing. The natural process of Aquamation produces 20% more ashes than traditional flame based cremation, and are white in color and appear like coarse sand. Aquamation generates a sterile, EPA-neutral liquid solution of amino acids, peptides, sugars, and soap that is suitable for release onto the earth.
Private and communal services are both available using aquamation. Private aquamation means that your pet’s ashes will be returned to you. Private chambers reside within the machine, providing a complete barrier among individual pets. Identification tags are assigned to each pet upon arrival to our facility, and an organized tracking system is used to ensure each pet is returned safely to the family. A communal aquamation means the ashes will not be returned to the family; rather, they will be scattered onto Dr. Cornelius’ property in Cypress, TX, where they will become part of a memorial garden.
Why do we offer Aquamation?
We offer aquamation because we know that the aftercare of your pets is an important part of saying goodbye, We want families to have the opportunity to choose a gentle, environmentally friendly option to honor their pet.
Its benefits include:
- Zero emissions – no harmful greenhouse gases produced
- Low energy consumption
- 1/10 the carbon footprint than flame-based cremation
- 20% more ashes returned for families who request them
- Ashes are 100% clean, disease and pollutant free
- Cost is similar to standard flame-based cremation
How do private ashes get returned to families?
The ashes from private water-based cremations will be returned to families along with a Certificate of Aquamation. These ashes can be picked up from our Last Wishes Comfort Care Center, located at 3036 Antoine Dr., Houston, TX, 77092. Alternatively, for $50, the ashes can be hand-delivered to your home by our sister company, Earthman Last Wishes, during a time convenient for you and your family to be reunited with your beloved pet.
Earthman Last Wishes Pet Aquamation provides the following container options and upgrades for our families: Earthman Last Wishes Aftercare Packages
Can you still choose to use a flame-based crematory?
Absolutely. We will still continue to work directly with Little Friends Pet Memorial in order to provide aftercare services for our families with pets over 100 lbs. While we prefer to use our environmentally-friendly alternative, some of you have long-standing relationships with crematories you have used in the past. Let us know your needs and we will accommodate.
Contact us for more information about Aquamation
Earthman Last Wishes
3036 Antoine Dr.
Houston, TX 77092