Aquamation (also called water-based cremation, alkaline hydrolysis, bio-cremation, green cremation and flameless cremation) is an emerging form of body care that is gentler to the environment.
WHY do we offer aquamation?
“I learned about aquamation for pets for the first time in 2013 at a veterinary conference in Denver, CO. Intrigued by its gentle process, efficiency and environmental benefits, I began to think about how I could bring this new service to our pet-loving community in Houston.
Since we at Last Wishes believe what you believe – our beloved pets are family – we know that aftercare is an important part of saying goodbye. Our wish is to provide families the opportunity to honor their pet while honoring the earth. By choosing aquamation, your pet never leaves the care of Last Wishes. Our wonderfully compassionate team will help with all of the arrangements, down to the last detail. Your confidence and trust in us is most important; taking care of your family’s needs is our number one priority.”
Christie Cornelius, DVM, CHPV
Certified Hospice & Palliative Care Veterinarian
Owner, Last Wishes
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 after a body is buried in the soil. 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 48-72 hours before final processing. The natural process of aquamation produces 20% more ashes than traditional flame based cremation. Aquamation generates a sterile, EPA-neutral liquid solution of amino acids, peptides, sugars and soap.
Aquamation 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
Private chambers reside within the aquamation unit, 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. Families also have the option of having the ashes of their beloved pet scattered at a pet memorial garden on Dr. Cornelius’ property in Cypress, Texas. Memorial stepping stones are made with the ashes of pets scattered on the property, which are then placed into one of the gardens.
How Do I Receive My Pet’s Ashes?
Last Wishes has designed beautiful packages and other memorial items for you to consider as the next step in honoring your pet’s memory. A PDF of our catalog with pricing can be found here: Memorial Catalog
After placing the finishing gentle touches on your final package, your beloved pet will be ready for pick up from our Last Wishes Comfort Care Center, located at 3036 Antoine Dr., Houston, TX, 77092 between the hours of 8-6 M-F and 8-4 on Saturdays. Alternatively, for $50, the ashes can be hand-delivered to your home during a time convenient for you and your family to be reunited with your pet (within 20 miles of our location).
If you have any questions pertaining to options when it comes to honoring the memory of your beloved family member, please do not hesitate to call or text us at 713-452-0474 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help you from start to finish and even above and beyond that.