The Art of Resomation: A Sustainable Alternative to Traditional Cremation

Oct 13, 2023


As the world becomes more environmentally conscious, people are looking for sustainable alternatives in every aspect of their lives, including end-of-life options. One such alternative gaining popularity is resomation, also known as natural water cremation or aquamation. This process uses alkaline hydrolysis to break down a body into its basic components, leaving behind only bone fragments that can be safely returned to the family.

How Resomation Works

Resomation uses a combination of water and an alkaline solution to dissolve the body over several hours. The process takes place in a specially designed vessel called a resomator. Once the body is placed inside, it is gently circulated with the solution at a temperature of around 160 degrees Celsius and pressure for several hours until only bone fragments remain.

The resulting liquid is sterile and safe to dispose of through standard wastewater treatment systems. This makes resomation an eco-friendly alternative to traditional cremation, which releases harmful emissions into the atmosphere.

Benefits of Resomation

Resomation offers several benefits over traditional cremation and burial methods. Firstly, it is much more environmentally friendly since it does not release harmful gases into the atmosphere or use up valuable land resources. Secondly, it is a gentler process than traditional cremation since it does not involve burning or incinerating the body.

Additionally, resomated remains are sterile and safe to handle, making them ideal for scattering or keeping in an urn at home. Finally, resomation can be less expensive than traditional burial methods since it does not require embalming or expensive caskets.

Is Resomation Legal?

Resomation is legal in several states across the US and has been approved for use by various regulatory bodies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Health (DOH). However, regulations vary from state to state so it's important to check local laws before choosing this option.


Resomation offers a sustainable alternative to traditional cremations that are both gentle on the environment and on loved ones left behind. It's important to consider all options when planning end-of-life arrangements and choose one that aligns with your values and beliefs.

If you're interested in learning more about resomation or other eco-friendly options for end-of-life care, consult with a green home funeral guide or visit reputable online sources such as Beyond Life or Cremation Institute.

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