Alkaline Hydrolysis

Alkaline Hydrolysis

We're pleased to share with you a new service called alkaline hydrolysis that Aqua-Green Cremation, LLC is now offering. We are the second establishment in Minnesota to offer this service.

Alkaline hydrolysis is a relatively new process that was first used in Minnesota for human remains processing by Mayo Clinic in Rochester in 2006. It is an eco-friendly, gentle process and is essentially an accelerated version of what takes place in natural decomposition, using a combination of gentle water flow, temperature, pressure and alkalinity. At the end of the process the body has been returned to its natural form, dissolved in water (remember our bodies are 65% water to begin with). Similar to flame or fire cremation, the only solid remains are the mineral ash of the bones and the cremated remains are 100 percent safe; pathogen and disease free.

In the same manner as flame-based cremation, a powdered "ash" is returned to the family. The ash is calcium phosphate is lighter in color because it is without carbon discoloration. In cases of metal medical devices or implants, those can be recovered for recycling at the conclusion of the process.

The biggest advantage of alkaline hydrolysis is that it's an eco-friendly, gentle alternative to flame cremation. The process uses less energy than flame cremation with zero emissions of harmful greenhouse gases and a smaller carbon footprint. Finally, when given the choice, 80 percent of families have been selecting alkaline hydrolysis over flame cremation.

We hope you will consider this new type of cremation option when discussing funeral arrangements with your families.

We feel the green and gentle process of alkaline hydrolysis is inviting and a more natural way of cremation. We consider the process a 360 hydro cycle - from the water that surrounds the person in the mother's womb to water that surrounds the descendent at the end of life.

Joel & Shannon LaCanne


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