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Aqua Cremation

Aqua Cremation

The gentle, eco-friendly alternative to flame cremation

Our Aqua Cremation process is an eco-friendly alternative to flame cremation. It uses a combination of water flow, temperature and alkalinity to accelerate the natural process of tissue hydrolysis, to return a body back to its most basic state, calcium phosphate or bone mineral, without flame. Aqua Cremation verses traditional cremation or burial is only what will happen to person’s physical body after death and a person can have any type of arrangements before or after the Aqua Cremation occurs. Our staff will guide you through all of the available options, helping you put together arrangements that will be meaningful and representative of the unique life lived.

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Aqua Cremation…

  • A gentle and respectful process that uses water instead of fire
  • No emissions of harmful greenhouse gasses or mercury
  • Over 90% energy savings when compared to flame-based cremation
  • 1/10 the carbon footprint of flame-based cremation
  • 20% more of a persons remains are returned to the family



A Flameless Process


The scientific name for this water-based process is alkaline hydrolysis. It is the same process that occurs as part of nature’s course when a body is laid to rest in the soil. We use a combination of water flow, temperature and alkalinity to accelerate natures’s process.



A Green Choice


Why is this considered an environmentally friendly choice?


There are no direct emissions of harmful greenhouse gasses or mercury to the atmosphere. It is very energy efficient - greater than 90% energy savings compared to flame cremation, with 1/10th of the carbon footprint.



What is the impact of the water usage?

Virtually zero. The Aqua Cremation process uses less water than a single household uses in one day. This includes all of the water used for the process, along with the clean water rinses of the final remains and vessel.



The Memorial Service


The traditional memorial ceremony and returning of the cremated remains is unchanged. In fact, families receive more cremated remains from this process, on average 20% more. You have the same service options to consider when choosing Aqua Cremation as you do with traditional-flame cremation or burial.

  • Traditional Service - A traditional funeral service is a ceremony which serves to celebrate, honor, and remember the life of the deceased with the person’s casket physically present. It is most commonly held at the funeral home or at a church, but can take place outside of those places such as in the family home or an outdoor space, etc. After the services are complete, the Aqua Cremation process takes place and the family can then go forward with their plans for their loved one’s cremated remains.
  • Memorial Service - When choosing Aqua Cremation, a memorial service is a service which takes place independently of the Aqua Cremation process. Some families choose to have their loved one’s urn present at the service, some choose not to have their loved one’s urn present.  It is a ceremony which serves to celebrate, honor, and remember the life of the loved one. This type of service is often held at the funeral home or at a church but can also be held in a variety of other places. Our staff can help you choose a location that will be meaningful to the family and friends and reflective of the life being remembered.
  • Celebration of Life - A celebration of life is a ceremony held to celebrate the life of the one who has passed away. They are usually not somber events, but rather a time for storytelling and remembering the joy the loved one brought to others. A celebration of life can be a stand alone event, but is more often times held in conjunction with a more traditional service or memorial service, commonly held after. We have on-site facilities at Mt. Scott Funeral Home that can accommodate a celebration of life event. We can also assist with catering needs.
  • Graveside Service - Graveside services are similar to those celebrated alongside a traditional ground burial, in which family and friends gather at the burial or placement site of the cremated remains and honor the deceased through memorial prayers or other meaningful tributes.
  • Direct Cremation - The most basic option when choosing Aqua Cremation. The person is cremated in the days immediately following the death without any type of service or ceremony.
  • Urn - Included in our cost for Aqua Cremation, is a temporary plastic urn. We do offer a variety of more permanent or decorative urns. Depending on what will be done with a person’s cremated remains will determine what type of permanent urn will be needed, if any.



After Aqua Cremation


There are many options available when it comes to what to do with a person’s cremated remains. Although cremation allows for as much time as needed, it is important to have a plan for a persons cremated remains, and we suggest families discuss this together long before they need to decide.



Interment in a Cemetery


Funeral homes and cemeteries are separate businesses, even when they reside on the same property. Mt. Scott Funeral Home can assist with Aqua Cremation and interment into any cemetery for placement. Cemetery costs will vary greatly depending on the cemetery itself and the property you select within each cemetery.

When choosing cremation, there are different interment options to consider:

  • In-ground burial of cremated remains - Just like traditional casket burial, cemeteries offer in-ground burial options for a person’s cremated remains.
  • Above ground placement in a niche - Some cemeteries offer both indoor and outdoor mausoleums or columbarium with individual or companion niches. These are often memorialized with an engraved granite face or name bar.



Cemetery Costs to Consider

  • The property - Spaces for cremated remains will vary greatly in cost between cemeteries and within each cemetery itself.
  • An outer burial container or specific urn - Depending on the space selected, the cemetery may have a specific requirement for the type and size of the urn that can be selected.
  • A permanent memorialization - i.e., headstone, monument, name bar, plaque, etc. Each cemetery will have their own regulations to the size and type of memorialization they allow for each section. In some cases, these may be purchased directly through the funeral home as well as the cemetery. We recommend families check the cost with both entities before making a selection.
  • Opening and closing - This is the cost for the cemetery to physically place the individual in the selected space.
  • Administrative Fees - Some cemeteries may add additional administrative costs. It is important to inquire about the possibility of these fees.



Other Options

  • Scattering - Scattering allows you to spread your loved one's cremated remains in a memorial garden, a cemetery, over water, or across any other meaningful site. You also can choose to scatter some of the cremated remains and retain the rest in an urn for interment or another form of disposition.
  • Dividing into Multiple Urns - Placing cremated remains in multiple urns allows family members who are separated by distance to each feel the comfort of having their loved one's final resting place in a nearby location.
  • Keeping at home with family - Some families choose to keep their loved one’s cremated remains at home with them. When this option is chosen, we encourage families to consider what the plan will be for their loved one’s cremated remains for the generations to come. It is important to have a permanent plan in place.



Families Have Expressed

  • They are grateful to have an additional choice
  • They prefer a process that does not use flame or fire
  • They prefer receiving up to 20% more of their loved ones’ cremated remains
  • They believe this to be a more gentle option than flame-based cremation
  • They value the decreased environmental impact of the process



Who Supports it?


Trusted institutions have chosen this process for bodies donated to medical science for over 20 years. Most recently, the MAYO Clinic, UCLA Medical School, and UTSW Medical School have chosen this process for their body donation programs.

 



Frequently Asked Questions

What actually happens…?

What actually happens…?

With alkaline hydrolysis, an individual body is gently placed in a container that is then placed in a clean, stainless steel vessel. A combination of water flow, temperature and alkalinity are used to accelerate the natural process of tissue hydrolysis, with the bone mineral or calcium phosphate remaining which is then processed into cremated remains.

Is the body dissolved in acid…?

Is the body dissolved in acid…?

No. Alkaline hydrolysis uses a catalyst called alkali, which is the chemical opposite of an acid.

Are the alkalis used in this process safe for the environment?

Are the alkalis used in this process safe for the environment?

Yes. The water-based process is 95% water and 5% alkali. A combination of alkalis (sodium and potassium hydroxide) are used in the process to dissolve the body. The alkalis used in this process are the same alkalis used in common cosmetic products, body washes, shaving creams, and even in food preparation. At the end of the process, the chemical has been completely used and no longer remains in the water solution.

What happens to the water…?

What happens to the water…?

The water is returned to the ecosystem via the normal wastewater treatment facility. The alkaline hydrolysis process produces a completely sterile solution of amino acids, sugars, nutrients, salts, and soap in a water solution. These are the byproducts of natural decomposition.

Are the cremated remains safe to handle…?

Are the cremated remains safe to handle…?

Yes. The remains are 100% safe, pathogen and disease free. The cremated remains that are returned to the family is simply bone mineral, or calcium phosphate. The cremated remains will keep in an urn, or may be buried or scattered in a special place as some families choose to do.

How long does the aqua cremation process take?

How long does the aqua cremation process take?

Aqua cremation generally takes 3 - 4 hours.

Why should I choose Mt. Scott Funeral Home?

Why should I choose Mt. Scott Funeral home?

• Scott Funeral Home is a private, family owned and operated funeral home, that has been serving families for almost 100 years. You will find that our costs are all-inclusive. Our experienced funeral directors will sit down with your family and walk you through the entire process from start to finish.
• We have on-site staff available to answer our phones 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When you call us you will always to talk to one of our staff members, in our building, and never an answering service.
• We have funeral directors available in the office 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., to answer questions, meet with families, and assist with services.
• We never charge overtime fees for evenings or weekends.
• We offer every family we serve, a one-time, private viewing for the immediate family members prior to burial or cremation, at no additional cost. We do not limit the number of immediate family members who can attend, and follow the time limit to what the State of Oregon allows.
• We take care of any and all paperwork, including death certificates, veteran’s paperwork and flag applications, insurance assignments, preparation assistance with and submitting obituary notifications, etc. at no additional cost to our families.
• We offer an online memorial wall on our website for each person we serve at no additional cost.
• We have facilities that can accommodate most any type of service from small and intimate gatherings to larger groups, including reception facilities and larger rooms for viewings.
• We have staff dedicated to handling death certificates resulting in a faster processing time for our families.
• We will place your loved one into any urn now or anytime in the future and will deliver your loved ones cremated remains to a local cemetery for placement at no additional cost.
• We strongly believe in treating the families we serve the way we would want our own families be treated and we hold ourselves to the highest standard of professionalism and care.

Who can authorize someone to be aqua cremated?

Who can authorize someone to be aqua cremated?

The State of Oregon has a very clear order as to who has the right to control a persons final disposition when they pass away (ORS 97.130). The statute is lengthy, but the general order is as follows:

1. Any individual of sound mind who is 18 years or older can sign their own authorization for cremation
2. Any individual designated by the deceased by written instrument who is 18 years or older
3. The spouse of the decedent
4. Children of the decedent who are 18 years of age or older
5. Parents of the decedent
6. Siblings of the decedent
7. Guardian of the decedent at the time of death
9. The personal representative of the estate of the decedent
10. The person nominated as the personal representative of the decedent in the decedent’s last will and testament
11. A public health officer

I had power of attorney over my loved one, now that they have passed can I sign the authorization for aqua cremation?

I had power of attorney over my loved one, now that they have passed can I sign the authorization for aqua cremation?

No. Power of attorney authorization’s end at death. Unless the deceased had made a prior legal designation of right to control disposition by a written instrument, the person who would be authorized to sign for aqua cremation would default to the State of Oregon’s guidelines of right to control disposition of remains. With that said, a person with power of attorney could sign a cremation authorization on behalf of the individual BEFORE their death, so long as the power of attorney authorization allows for it, and is presented at the time of signing.

Can I sign my own aqua cremation authorization form so my family doesn't have to?

Can I sign my own aqua cremation authorization form so my family doesn't have to?

Yes! We strongly encourage and recommend that every individual take care of their arrangements long before they are needed. This includes being able to sign your own authorization for cremation.

Can I set up and pay for my own aqua cremation?

Can I set up and pay for my own aqua cremation?

Absolutely! In fact, we strongly encourage and recommend that everyone take care of their own arrangements long before they need them. By taking care of your arrangements now you:

• Alleviate the burden from your loved ones having to make these decisions for you at perhaps one of the most difficult times in their lives.
• You decide the arrangements you want that best represent your life…it’s your story to tell!
• You are guaranteed to pay no more than today’s costs for your arrangements regardless of inflation.
• You have flexible payment options.

Can I still have a viewing and funeral services with cremation?

Can I still have a viewing and funeral services with cremation?

Yes. In fact, we encourage you to do so. Choosing cremation only indicates how you would like to care for your loved one after the service and dos not exclude you from celebrating and honoring their life in any way. Whether you would like to have a visitation beforehand, arrange a funeral service before cremation, or wait and hold the service after the cremation, we are happy to help you design a meaningful service to accompany the cremation.

Why should I have a viewing?

Why should I have a viewing?

Viewings play an extremely important role in helping people move through the grieving process in a healthy way. A viewing not only gives those impacted by the loss an opportunity to say a final goodbye, but it provides a reality that the loss has actually occurred.

Are there restrictions on scattering my loved ones cremated remains?

Are there restrictions on scattering my loved ones cremated remains?

In general, the government does not regulate the scattering of cremated remains. Make sure you check with your local regulations beforehand, but most locations are usually okay as long as you are considerate and dispose of the container properly. If you wish to scatter someones cremated remains on private property, it is a good idea to consult the landowner first.

Can I personalize my loved one's service?

Can I personalize my loved one's service?

Absolutely! Our staff has years of experience getting to know families and incorporating their loved ones' hobbies, activities, interests, and unique requests into meaningful and memorable services. Don’t hesitate to make a request — we’re honored to work with you to create a service that truly reflects and celebrates your loved one’s individual life.

What is a columbarium?

What is a columbarium?

A columbarium is a place for the interment of urn containing cremated remains. They are often located in mausoleums, chapels, or memorial gardens, and contain numerous small compartments, or niches, designed to hold urns.

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