Pet aquamation gives you the opportunity to choose a gentle approach that is also beneficial to the environment.
Even though aquamation has been around for several years, it has only more recently been adapted to the pet industry. As a result, pet aquamation isn’t something that very many pet funeral service providers offer yet. Here at Yadkin Valley Pet Funeral Services, we are proud to offer this eco-friendly alternative to flame cremation for pet lovers in the Elkin, North Carolina area who are looking for a gentle option for their pet family member that has passed.
Our owners, Dr. Richard and Ava Brinegar, recognize that in this society, the death of a pet is not always afforded the sincerity it deserves; people are not always understanding of how painful it is to lose an animal companion. Our funeral home’s goal, then, is to provide a place where that pain can be recognized, legitimized and accepted, and where people can find comfort and healing through the grieving process. We believe that offering pet aquamation gives families the opportunity for respectful aftercare for their pet.
Aquamation is a better, more responsible alternative to pet burial or cremation.
Common Questions About Pet Aquamation
It is understandable to want to know as much about the process of pet aquamation as possible before choosing it. At Yadkin Valley Pet Funeral Services in Elkin, North Carolina, we understand that this is still a fairly new option, so we are more than happy to answer any questions you might have. Here are a few of the most common questions that we get asked about pet aquamation.
What happens during the pet aquamation process?
Pet aquamation is an alkaline hydrolysis process that accelerates what would have occurred had your pet been buried instead. With a combination of alkalinity, gentle water flow, and low temperature, the soft tissues are dissolved, leaving only the bone mineral material. Each pet is handled individually in its own stainless-steel container rather than with several other pets, as is often the case with cremation.
What do you mean by alkalinity? Is that an acid?
No, it is actually the opposite of an acid. In fact, an alkali neutralizes acids. Only a small amount of alkali is necessary for the pet aquamation process.
How long does pet aquamation take?
It is a very gentle process that takes nearly a full day to complete.
Do I need to be careful with the ashes? Are they dangerous to me or my family?
The bone mineral that remains after the aquamation process is completely safe to handle. The process renders them pathogen and disease-free regardless of the medications or medical procedures your pet had prior to their death. Feel free to distribute the ashes as you wish or keep them in an urn in your home.
Does the pet aquamation process use a lot of water?
We understand being concerned about water conservation. With the low flow of water needed and the cleaning of the vessel and mineral bone after the process is complete, the water usage over the roughly 20 hours is similar to what a typical family uses during that same period of time. In addition, the water that is released is a sterile solution that does not contaminate the wastewater treatment facility or the environment.
What makes pet aquamation such an environmentally friendly option?
First of all, it is an energy-efficient process representing a 90% energy savings when compared to the standard cremation process. In addition, it does not release dangerous emissions into the atmosphere.
What is Aquamation?
As an additional benefit, you will receive up to 20% more of your loved one’s ashes and feel good about the decreased environmental impact. The scientific name for pet aquamation is “alkaline hydrolysis”. It uses a combination of water flow, temperature, and alkalinity to accelerate the natural process that would occur if the body was laid to rest in the soil. If you prefer a process that does not use fire and leaves a clean, pure product behind, uncontaminated by carbonized ash or large bone fragments, pet aquamation is the way to go.
If you would like to know more about the pet aquamation process, would like to make pre-need arrangements, or are interested in our pet funeral services and products, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.