Cheaper option for those left behind
WITH burial prices skyrocketing, a new and cheaper alternative for cremation is becoming available.
Alkaline hydrolysis – or water cremation – involves a chemical process which takes about three hours and results in ash-like powder.
The Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association said in a recent newsletter the process cost about $1800, less than half of a normal burial or cremation.
“Because the body has to be placed in a steel chamber in a biodegradable body bag for the hydrolysis process to take place, it has to be removed from the coffin, making the idea of a rental coffin more of a possibility than in traditional cremations.”
Melbourne-based company Aquamation was the first in the country to practice the liquid cremation process and is now moving into NSW, with services now available in Newcastle.
Minchinbury’s Pinegrove Memorial Park family services manager Michael Bridges said the park would be open to using aquamation if the demand arose.
Newcastle Aquamation Centre started services in May and said water cremation offered environmental benefits as well as financial benefits. For more information, visit aquamationindusties.com.au.
There is an alternative to cremation and burial.