Cheaper op­tion for those left be­hind

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian McKee

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 aqua­ma­tionin­

There is an al­ter­na­tive to cre­ma­tion and burial.

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