A new option is available for those who have to make a decision regarding the disposition of the body of a loved one who has passed away. Flameless Cremation, or Aqua Cremation, is a method that uses a combination of water flow, temperature, and alkalinity in order to accelerate the body's natural process. Many people prefer a cremation process that doesn't use fire, and they're grateful to have a choice.
Flameless Cremation is considered more gentle, natural, and respectful than traditional flame cremation. Flameless Cremation is used by several medical science facilities, including the Mayo Clinic, UCLA Medical School, and UTSW Medical School, for disposition of the bodies that have been willed to their medical research programs. The process is now becoming available at some local Funeral Homes, including U.C. Davis - Callahan Funeral Home in Morris.
Another advantage of Flameless Cremation is that up to 20% more ashes are returned to the family to be shared among surviving family members, or to be buried or scattered in a special location. The ashes are 100% safe to handle, and can alternatively be kept in an urn for safekeeping.
For the many people who have become more eco-conscious in recent decades, Flameless Cremation is a great choice that offers a much lesser impact to the environment. The water-based process uses 95% water and 5% alkali to dissolve the body, leaving only the mineral bone remains. The alkalis used are the same ones used in common cosmetic products, body washes, and shaving creams. Once the process is complete, the chemical has been completely used up, and is no longer present in the water solution.
Flameless Cremation is very energy-efficient, offering 90% energy savings over traditional flame cremation, and leaves just 1/10th of the carbon footprint. There are no direct emissions of harmful greenhouse gases or mercury into the atmosphere. For more information about Flameless Cremation, please contact:
U.C. Davis - Callahan Funeral Home, LTD.
301 W Washington St.
Morris, IL 60450