“Over 135 years ago flame cremation offered fundamental change in the way we approached human disposition and some serious convincing was required before it was fully accepted. Water cremation now offers a new, innovative yet dignified approach which uses significantly less energy and emits significantly less greenhouse gasses than flame cremation. We are once again on the cusp of revolutionising the funeral industry with the chance to provide the public with an environmental alternative at the end of life”
A funeral involving water cremation is the same as one involving flame cremation until the point at which the body is committed from public view. Water cremation uses water-based solution to speed up the natural process the body goes through at the end of life.
The body is placed in a coffin or shroud made from biodegradable materials and then carefully positioned in a water chamber.
Instead of using fire, water cremation combines a water and alkali-based solution and this gentle method speeds up the natural process the body goes through at the end of life.
The process is on average 3-4 hours long and once complete the pure white bone ash that remains is returned to the family in an urn as happens with flame cremation.
So outside of a quieter and less environmentally damaging process than flame cremation the public will see no real difference to the funeral service process or the returning of ash.
The actual term Resomation was thoughtfully chosen using “Resoma” which is a Greek/Latin derivation for “rebirth of the human body” ie resolving the body back to the basic organic components and its rapid and beneficial return to our eco-system to be re-used as nature had designed. Our bodies only borrow those finite organic/inorganic building blocks during our life and we need to eventually return them. This happens with water cremation as with natural burial.
The key differences are in reducing the ever increasing negative impact on our fragile environment…