Frequently Asked Questions 

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between Water Cremation and Flame Cremation?


Water Cremation is an eco-friendly alternative to flame cremation and burial. This eco-friendly alternative supports the advancement of environmentally focused funeral services. It is a natural gentle process that uses 95% water and 5% alkaline solution instead of flame to reduce the body back to bone ash. The bone ash is then returned to the family just like with flame cremation.




What are the advantages to Water Cremation over Flame?


• Water Cremation uses 90% less energy than is needed for flame cremation.

• There are no air emissions; 100% pollution free. With Flame cremation on the other hand, 200 kg of greenhouse gases are released each time.

• No 'organic matter' escapes from chimneys as occurs in some older cremators that scatters burnt ash into neighbouring areas.

• In many countries’ cremators must be installed with mercury filters, costing thousands to run every year. By contrast, with Water Cremation there are no mercury emissions at all.

•No methane gas is produced. In a burial, this can seep out along with other toxic fluids and leak into groundwater.

• There is no waste of timber or metals. There is no need for a coffin, we suggest using a woollen shroud and repose bed instead.

• Titanium hip replacements – melted in a cremation and lost in a burial – are unaffected by the Water Cremation process and can be reused.

• Pacemakers are also unaffected by Water Cremation, saving Funeral Directors and embalmers the task of removing it prior to cremations, in which it would otherwise explode.

• The availability of burial plots is decreasing rapidly due to land shortages. Water Cremation is the green solution. Water Cremation is a truly environmentally kinder alternative to burial and flame cremation. Environmental concern is a top priority for governments all over the world. The introduction of Water Cremation into the funeral industry will effectively combat the pollution caused by crematoriums and burial of remains that have been embalmed.




I want to have a traditional funeral with my local undertaker, can I still choose water cremation?


Yes of course.

If you wish to have a traditional funeral you will have to organise it with your local undertaker and instruct them that you want to be Water Cremated.

They will then contact us and organise the family committal at our facility on your behalf.




What will I receive back after the Water Cremation?


Just like flame cremation the remains consist of bone ash. These are placed in a biodegradable urn and returned to the family. With Water Cremation you will receive 30% more of your loved ones “Ash” back since every bone is completely unharmed during the process.




Can I arrange and pre pay for my Water Cremation?


Yes absolutely, at the Life and Legacy Centre we have 3 different funeral options you can choose from. Once you meet with our councillor, they will discuss all the options with you and help choose the right one for you.




Is it possible to pre plan my funeral?


Yes absolutely, we encourage everyone to express their end of life wishes so that all your concerns can be answered, we can help you make the event a true reflection of the life lived




What happens the water that is left behind?


Once the process has completed the remaining effluent is completely sterile with absolutely no trace of DNA or link back to a human being. The water is transferred to a treatment tank and once the local authority requirement for pH is met the water is then released back to the main treatment plant.




Is the water boiling?


No, the water does not boil. The body is placed in a pressure vessel that is then filled with 95% water and 5% potassium hydroxide(alkaline), the solution is then heated to a temperature of 160°c but at an elevated pressure which prevents boiling. Instead, the body is effectively broken down into its chemical components of amino acids, peptides, sugars and salt. This process takes about 3.5 hours.





Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between Water Cremation and Flame Cremation?


Water Cremation is an eco-friendly alternative to flame cremation and burial. This eco-friendly alternative supports the advancement of environmentally focused funeral services. It is a natural gentle process that uses 95% water and 5% alkaline solution instead of flame to reduce the body back to bone ash. The bone ash is then returned to the family just like with flame cremation.




What are the advantages to Water Cremation over Flame?


• Water Cremation uses 90% less energy than is needed for flame cremation.

• There are no air emissions; 100% pollution free. With Flame cremation on the other hand, 200 kg of greenhouse gases are released each time.

• No 'organic matter' escapes from chimneys as occurs in some older cremators that scatters burnt ash into neighbouring areas.

• In many countries’ cremators must be installed with mercury filters, costing thousands to run every year. By contrast, with Water Cremation there are no mercury emissions at all.

•No methane gas is produced. In a burial, this can seep out along with other toxic fluids and leak into groundwater.

• There is no waste of timber or metals. There is no need for a coffin, we suggest using a woollen shroud and repose bed instead.

• Titanium hip replacements – melted in a cremation and lost in a burial – are unaffected by the Water Cremation process and can be reused.

• Pacemakers are also unaffected by Water Cremation, saving Funeral Directors and embalmers the task of removing it prior to cremations, in which it would otherwise explode.

• The availability of burial plots is decreasing rapidly due to land shortages. Water Cremation is the green solution. Water Cremation is a truly environmentally kinder alternative to burial and flame cremation. Environmental concern is a top priority for governments all over the world. The introduction of Water Cremation into the funeral industry will effectively combat the pollution caused by crematoriums and burial of remains that have been embalmed.




I want to have a traditional funeral with my local undertaker, can I still choose water cremation?


Yes of course.

If you wish to have a traditional funeral you will have to organise it with your local undertaker and instruct them that you want to be Water Cremated.

They will then contact us and organise the family committal at our facility on your behalf.




What will I receive back after the Water Cremation?


Just like flame cremation the remains consist of bone ash. These are placed in a biodegradable urn and returned to the family. With Water Cremation you will receive 30% more of your loved ones “Ash” back since every bone is completely unharmed during the process.




Can I arrange and pre pay for my Water Cremation?


Yes absolutely, at the Life and Legacy Centre we have 3 different funeral options you can choose from. Once you meet with our councillor, they will discuss all the options with you and help choose the right one for you.




Is it possible to pre plan my funeral?


Yes absolutely, we encourage everyone to express their end of life wishes so that all your concerns can be answered, we can help you make the event a true reflection of the life lived




What happens the water that is left behind?


Once the process has completed the remaining effluent is completely sterile with absolutely no trace of DNA or link back to a human being. The water is transferred to a treatment tank and once the local authority requirement for pH is met the water is then released back to the main treatment plant.




Is the water boiling?


No, the water does not boil. The body is placed in a pressure vessel that is then filled with 95% water and 5% potassium hydroxide(alkaline), the solution is then heated to a temperature of 160°c but at an elevated pressure which prevents boiling. Instead, the body is effectively broken down into its chemical components of amino acids, peptides, sugars and salt. This process takes about 3.5 hours.





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